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AMERICAN DIABETES ALERT DAY: Tuesday, March 22; ADA Board Member Available for Interviews
New Web Site Launched to Raise Awareness of the Dangerous Link Between Obesity and Diabetes WHAT: On March 22, the American Diabetes Association will "Sound the Alert" to raise awareness of the devastating health implications of diabetes. As part of the initiative, the ADA is encouraging Americans to take steps to prevent developing the disease, and to help those at risk understand the health implications and need for immediate treatment and lifestyle changes. New Web Site A new educational website (http://www.weightanddiabetes.com/) sponsored by Medifast, a leading weight loss and weight management company, is being launched to help build awareness of the link between diabetes and obesity, and to provide information on ways to prevent and treat the disease. WHY: Diabetes and obesity are among the top public health problems in the U.S. Consider the following facts: -- Diabetes is one of the 5 deadliest diseases in the U.S. -- More than 18 million Americans have diabetes, yet 5 million are not aware and have not been diagnosed -- Approximately 400,000 people die each year from diabetes -- Research studies prove that moderate weight loss and exercise can prevent or delay Type 2 diabetes WHO: Expert: Leo Williams is on the ADA Board of Directors in Maryland and is available to discuss the health risks associated with diabetes, the link between obesity and diabetes, and modest lifestyle changes Americans should take to prevent diabetes and/or limit its dangerous health effects. Case Study: Pamela Noorda is available to share her inspirational story on how she improved her health after both her parents were diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. Realizing she was at a very high risk, she lost 72 lbs and made changes to her lifestyle that have resulted in improved health and a new outlook on life. WHEN: American Diabetes Alert Day is TUESDAY, March 22 CONTACT: To arrange an interview or for more information, please contact: Susan Vander May +1-212-931-6170 or +1-646-483-2920
PRNewswire -- March 21
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