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Every 17 Seconds, Someone Is Diagnosed With Diabetes; Multicultural Communities Affected the Most

American Diabetes Association Offers a Free Program to Support Individuals Diagnosed With Type 2 Diabetes

ALEXANDRIA, VA – Nov 4, 2013 –  Approximately 26 million children and adults have diabetes in the United States. Out of that number, nearly 95% have type 2 diabetes. Sadly, the problem is even greater for minority and ethnic populations: African Americans, Hispanics, American Indian/Alaska Native, and Asian Americans are at much higher risk for a diagnosis of diabetes. To guide and support individuals with type 2 diabetes, the American Diabetes Association is offering a free 12-month program called Living With Type 2 Diabetes. The program provides information and offers free guidance to help people learn how to manage diabetes at regular intervals throughout the year-long. Participants can also choose to receive additional recipes, tips and reminders on their phone. Topics and resources include:

  • Food, nutrition and recipes
  • Stress and emotions
  • Physical activity
  • Complications
  • Peer support online and via phone
  • Support from the Association’s local office
  • Support from the Association’s National Call Center
  • Opt in text messaging

“The moment of diagnosis is a moment of crisis for many people,” said Lurelean Gaines, RN, MSN, President, Health Care & Education, American Diabetes Association. “Even for those who are already familiar with the disease, getting that diagnosis brings on a lot of different emotions ranging from anger, guilt, stress and a sense of loss. This program offers a starting point for someone newly diagnosed.”

The program is available in English and Spanish and participants can choose to receive information online or through the mail. People can enroll into this free program by visiting, calling 1-800-DIABETES, or texting Type2 to 69866 to learn more about the program in English or Tipo2 to 69866 to learn more about the program in Spanish.
The Living With Type 2 Diabetes program is supported in part by Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc.; Lilly; and Voxiva Inc.

About the American Diabetes Association
The American Diabetes Association is leading the fight to Stop Diabetes and its deadly consequences and fighting for those affected by diabetes. The Association funds research to prevent, cure and manage diabetes; delivers services to hundreds of communities; provides objective and credible information; and gives voice to those denied their rights because of diabetes. Founded in 1940, our mission is to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes. For more information please call the American Diabetes Association at 1-800-DIABETES (1-800-342-2383) or visit Information from both these sources is available in English and Spanish.

Mariana Eberle-Blaylock
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