The American Medical Association (AMA) recently announced a multi-state effort aimed at reducing the incidence of type 2 diabetes nationwide. Building off of its initial work to prevent new cases of type 2 diabetes in California, Michigan and South Carolina, the AMA is launching similar statewide efforts in eight additional states to help reach more of the 84 million American adults who unknowingly live with prediabetes —the precursor to type 2 diabetes.
According to the American Diabetes Association, in 2014, approximately 623,041 people or 12.6% of the adult population in Maryland had diabetes. Additionally, over 1.5 million adults in Maryland, nearly 40% of the adult population, had prediabetes.
Through its collaborations launched last year with medical societies in California, Michigan and South Carolina, the AMA has been working to develop models for preventing type 2 diabetes that can be used in other states across the country. Utilizing best practices learned through these initial collaborations, the AMA will now work with MedChi, The Maryland State Medical Society, as well as state medical societies in Maine, Mississippi, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, and Rhode Island to further develop models to prevent new cases of the disease.
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