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ADA Launches My Health Advisor, a Website Aimed at Helping America's Increase in Prediabetes

Aug 22, 2009

The ADA's software is based on years of clinical research data that allow it to make very accurate predictions about the health risks associated with certain patterns and behaviors.

Concerned by the huge number of Americans - 57 million - who are now considered to have prediabetes, the American Diabetes Association (ADA) has launched "My Health Advisor." 

Available at CheckUpAmerica.org/MHAit's a website that helps people calculate their risk of acquiring type 2 diabetes (as well as heart disease and stroke). Then it outlines steps that they can take to lessen that risk.

At the heart of the site is an online calculator that determines a person's risk for type 2 based on information that the person inputs. The calculator crunches a variety of data, such as age, family history, level of exercise, weight, diet, tobacco use, and access to healthcare, and then produces a percentage risk.

The ADA says that the calculator's sophistication comes from a powerful health simulation program called Archimedes. Archimedes is based on years of clinical research data that allow it to make very accurate predictions about the health risks associated with certain patterns and behaviors.

"My Health Advisor" is not simply a potential bearer of bad news about high risk, however. It also gives advice about small changes in behavior that can significantly lessen that risk, such as taking walks or a daily dose of aspirin. 

"My Health Advisor" is an adjunct to CheckUp America, a national prevention initiative of the ADA aimed at teaching people how to lower their risk for type 2 diabetes and heart disease. According to research cited by the ADA, many people believe that making lifestyle changes to reduce those risks is "too hard." To counter that perception, "My Health Advisor" is intended to show visitors that even small steps can considerably lessen risk.

At the same time, the ADA cautions that risk factors affecting the onset of type 2 diabetes or cardiovascular problems fall into two distinct categories: "modifiable" factors that can be changed or controlled, such as diet, exercise, and smoking; and "nonmodifiable" factors, such as genetic predisposition, that cannot be changed.        


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Comments

Posted by Anonymous on 23 August 2009

Who was it and why did the medical community decide to label people whose body produces insulin diabetics. My definition of a diabetic is real simple if your body does not and will not produce insulin that and only that makes you a diabetic. Is it because there is a ton of money to be made on labeling people diabetics for research and new drug purposes. You will never convince me, a real diabetic other wise. If you're going to call people whose body produce insulin, you should say that these so called diabetics are people the medical community LABELS as diabetics and can be cured if they wanted to be cured. Real diabetics can not be cured.

Dave B

Posted by Anonymous on 24 August 2009

Instead of all these new drugs and diets and exercise programs from the medical and exercise industry, how about trying something real simple and will cost absolutely nothing. It's amazing how all you people with all the brains, just want to come up with new drugs, diets, exercise programs and equipment, when there is a real simple answer. INSTEAD OF EATING THAT BIG MEAL AT THE END OF THE DAY, EAT THAT DINNER AT LUNCH AND EAT A SMALLER MEAL AT THE END OF THE DAY. Is it possible that is the reason for the obesity problem that we hear so much about.There is no way you can burn up all that food at the end of the day. Simple isn't it, you don't need to go see a doctor before you try this, you don't need to spend money on exercise equipment or join a gymn, you don't need to waste money on drugs. Isn't it amazing how you can solve a problem with a simple solution. Imagine all the money that can be saved by just changing your dinner to lunch and eating a smaller amount of food at the end of the day. It's not what you eat its when you eat it.

DMAB


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