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Managing America’s Epidemic

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there is a new epidemic of our time. It's diabetes, a disease affecting more than 16 million Americans and the sixth leading cause of death by disease. Additionally, diabetes costs our nation close to $100 billion dollars annually.

An estimated 90 to 95 percent have type 2, previously known as adult onset diabetes. Many people are not even aware they have the disease until they develop one of its debilitating or life-threatening complications, such as heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, blindness and amputations. Complications arise when there are excess levels of glucose, or blood sugar, that stay in the body for a prolonged time. People with type 2 diabetes have higher than normal amounts of sugar in their blood because the body either does not produce enough insulin, or the body has become resistant to insulin's effects, a condition known as insulin resistance. Insulin is a hormone necessary to convert blood sugar into energy.

To address the growing epidemic of diabetes and increase awareness of the importance of long-term diabetes management, the American Association of Diabetes Educators, with support from GlaxoSmithKline, launched its Let's Face Diabetesª campaign, spearheaded by Emmy and Golden Globe award-winning actress Jane Seymour. Ms. Seymour, whose grandmother died of complications of type 2 diabetes, is committed to helping patients live longer, healthier lives through increased education about proper disease management over time.

The campaign highlights that early detection and a proper treatment plan may prevent or slow the onset of these deadly complications due to type 2 diabetes.

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Diabetes can be successfully managed over a lifetime. Here are some tips:

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