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Fighting Back Against 2 Killers

Posted by jbockelman on February 18, 2014

Join us in supporting the AMA’s effort to conquer cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes

AMA-img.pngBy Julia Ferguson Wilkens

At Impact, we have always believed in promoting worthy causes and issues. So when we heard that the American Medical Association has launched a major campaign focused on improving health outcomes for two of the nation’s most prevalent issues—cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes—we definitely wanted to learn more.

According to the AMA, these two disease burdens cost our health care system more than $535 billion dollars annually. Even more distressing, cardiovascular disease causes one-third of all deaths in the United States each year; and more than one-third of all adults currently have prediabetes or diabetes.

Check out more of these disturbing facts:

  • About one in three adults—an estimated 70 million Americans—has high blood pressure.

  • About one of every six adult Americans has high cholesterol.

  • Nearly 26 million people live with diabetes in the United States—8.3 percent of the population.

  • An estimated one in three U.S. adults—about 79 million people—has prediabetes.

  • If current trends continue, one in three U.S. adults could have diabetes by 2050.

The AMA will begin its work on improving health outcomes by addressing key risk factors for both disease burdens, as well as collaborating with other organizations to develop new approaches for risk reduction and connecting patients to care.

It will also work to support key Federal government initiatives—including the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Million Hearts initiative and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Diabetes Prevention Program. And it will collaborate with private organizations such as the YMCA and the Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality at Johns Hopkins University.

What can you do? Educate yourself about the devastating effects of these diseases and make a personal commitment to get yourself and your loved ones screened. Also, join us in spreading the word to colleagues, family, and friends.

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