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Wednesday, December 12, 2018
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Diabetes Awareness

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.


AMA Diabetes Articles

Women’s Health Week: 3 ways to help patients identify and lower their risk for gestational diabetes pre-pregnancy—and type 2 diabetes post-pregnancy

7 Tips to Get Patients to Actually Enroll in a DPP - and Stick With It

Int'l Mediterranean Diet Month: Making the case for a healthy diet as a tool for diabetes prevention

Diabetes Alert Day: 3 Strategies that Change the Conversation You Have With Patients on Type 2 Diabetes Prevention

Maryland Diabetes Prevention Program (MDPP) - What MDPP Benefits Mean to You


Diabetes Awareness Resources

  • Prevent Diabetes STAT™ - a national collaboration between the AMA and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention launched in 2015. 
  • Preventing Diabetes - read about the AMA and CDC’s joint efforts to prevent type 2 diabetes and slow the progression of prediabetes.
  • National Diabetes Prevention Program - CDC’s efforts to prevent type 2 diabetes and slow the progression of prediabetes