Sanofi-aventis U.S. Launches “Diabetes National Alliance” to Help Healthcare Pros Contend with U.S. Diabetes Epidemic

The Diabetes National Alliance provides physicians, diabetes educators, and nurses tasked with treating the growing diabetes epidemic in America with the knowledge and tools to improve patient care.

Feb 4, 2009

Concerned about the growing number of Americans who are developing diabetes, Sanofi-aventis U.S. has launched the "Diabetes National Alliance" to provide healthcare professionals with information on the standard of care for people living with the disease.

The Diabetes National Alliance (DNA) is being led by a multidisciplinary team of diabetes experts who will share up-to-date information and treatment options with primary care providers through a series of day-long workshops in local communities across the country. The workshops will feature an interactive discussion of current research, various treatments, and practical tips on lifestyle management, including diet and exercise

"Most patients with diabetes currently utilize primary care physicians, whose specialty is neither diabetes nor endocrinology," said Dr. Paresh Dandona, distinguished professor of medicine at University of Buffalo, director of the Diabetes-Endocrinology Center of WNY at Millard Fillmore Gates Circle Hospital, and DNA Steering Committee member, in a press release. "The Diabetes National Alliance provides physicians, diabetes educators, and nurses tasked with treating the growing epidemic of diabetes in America with the knowledge and tools aimed at improving patient care."

The alliance will launch in western New York and be led by Dr. Dandona in nine cities including Buffalo, the site of the first workshop. 

For more information, visit the Diabetes National Alliance.

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Posted by shosty on 10 February 2009

Maybe this "distinguished" body of "experts" could start their education efforts by mentioning that there are two types of diabetes. Nowhere in this article is the distinction made. As we all know, advice on exercise and diet will not have the same effects for type 1's as for 2's, and the "epidemic" of diabetes, which is related to an "epidemic" of obesity and sedentary habts, has nothing at all to do with the autoimmune attack on the pancreas that triggers type 1's. Insulin is the only treatment for type 1, and insulin brings the constant dangers of hypoglycemia.

Absolutley any writing on diabetes needs to make the distinction between type 1 and tpe 2- no matter how short the article. The confusion engendered between the two kinds of diabetes, often brings more pain to type 1's and their families, than even the disease itself.

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