Campaign Highlights Link Between Diabetes And Cardiovascular Disease
More than 20 million adults in the United States are living with diabetes and are at increased risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD). But there are steps that they can take to reduce the complications associated with these two diseases. The National Diabetes Education Program (NDEP) has launched Control Your Diabetes. For Life., a national campaign that will reach out through a network of 200 partners to health care professionals and their patients to emphasize the importance of comprehensive control of diabetes and CVD. The NDEP is jointly sponsored by the National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Public awareness of the link between diabetes and CVD is low, and many people with diabetes do not understand all they can do to manage their disease and reduce their risk for complications, including heart attack and stroke. Adults with diabetes have heart disease death rates about two to four times higher than adults without diabetes, and the risk for stroke is also two to four times higher among people with diabetes. Control Your Diabetes. For Life. campaign messages and materials help people with diabetes understand the importance of controlling their ABCs