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Screening for Diabetes Highly Cost Effective: ADA of San Antonio in Need of Professional Health Screeners for Expo 2010. April 6, 2010

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Screening for Diabetes Highly Cost Effective, Study Finds

By Dayle Kern, American Diabetes Association, Alexandria, VA

Though some professional organizations recommend routine screening for type 2 diabetes, research now confirms it not only helps prevent or delay illness, it is also highly cost effective, according to a study commissioned by the American Diabetes Association being published on March 29, 2010 in the journal Lancet.

Using a highly detailed mathematical model, the study concluded that early screening could greatly reduce diabetes-related complications at reasonable cost and also substantially reduce mortality.

‘This study confirmed for us what we have long believed to be true but have never been able to show in clinical trials,’ said John Buse, MD, PhD, former President, Medicine and Science of the American Diabetes Association and an author of the paper.

Because there are few symptoms in the early stages of development, diabetes can go undiagnosed for up to 10 years, while rising blood glucose levels begin to cause damage to the body. This can lead to costly and potentially devastating complications such as heart disease and stroke, kidney failure, blindness, and problems with the nerves, especially in the lower extremities, leading to risk of amputations. However, if blood glucose levels are properly controlled, people with diabetes can successfully prevent or delay complications of the disease.

That’s why the American Diabetes Association has long recommended that adults be screened for diabetes starting by at least age 45 and that the test is repeated every three years. Younger adults with diabetes risk factors, such as obesity or family history, should begin screenings earlier. However, there have been no randomized, controlled trials to support this recommendation because such trials would be prohibitively expensive, requiring thousands of people without diabetes to be followed for decades. See Full Story


Making ADA Screening Recommendations a Reality for the Less Fortunate  

The U.S. Census March 2004 survey reports that an average of about 5.4 million Texans, which make up 24.6 percent of the state’s population, were uninsured.  Also, Texans living in urban areas are less likely than the average U.S. citizen to have health insurance. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, almost one in six Americans is uninsured; in Texas, the ratio is one in four. While there is substantial variation among Texas cities, every major city has an uninsured rate higher than the national average.

As a way of making the ADA diabetes screening recommendations a reality, for even the uninsured, the American Diabetes Association hosts the Diabetes Expo in several cities around the country including the only Diabetes Expo in Texas, held in San Antonio, Texas. The Expo gives San Antonians the opportunity to receive FREE health screenings by qualified health professionals.  As of today, the San Antonio Diabetes Expo has five confirmed screeners, and we need several more in order to accommodate all of our constituents in attendance.  If you are a health professional who can provide non-invasive health screenings that are related to diabetes and its complications, please volunteer your services at the 10th Annual Diabetes EXPO!  Any one screening you provide on Saturday, June 26th could SAVE A LIFE.  Your support will make a difference!

For more information on how you and/or your organization could provide screenings for this year’s EXPO please contact Alina Tennie at atennie@diabetes.org or call (210) 829-1765 ext 6124 or Audra Atzger aatzger@diabetes.org (210) 829-1765 ext 6123. Also, visit our website, www.diabetes.org/exposanantonio.



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