National Diabetes Education Program
Control Your Diabetes. For Life.
Almost 21 million Americans have diabetes. Diabetes is one of the leading causes of death and
disability in the United States. It is the leading cause of adult blindness, end-stage kidney disease,
and amputations of the foot or leg. It also puts people at increased risk of heart disease and stroke.
Yet public awareness about the disease is very low, and many people with diabetes do not understand all
they can do to control their disease and prevent complications. The "Control Your Diabetes.
For Life" campaign seeks to reach the 20.8 million Americans with diabetes and their families
with messages about the seriousness of diabetes, ways to control the disease, and the benefits of
controlling diabetes for life. It promotes the importance of glucose, blood pressure, and
cholesterol control in preventing heart disease in people with diabetes.
Small Steps. Big Rewards. Prevent Type 2 Diabetes.
The National Diabetes Education Program (NDEP) has
designed a national awareness campaign to get this important information
to the people at risk for type 2 diabetes. The
campaign theme is "Small Steps. Big Rewards. Prevent Type 2
Diabetes." NDEP and its partners will
also promote clinical
recommendations for health care providers so they know what these findings
mean for their patients and what steps they can take to stay healthy.
NDEP's educational campaign will create awareness among health care professionals and people at risk that type 2 diabetes can be prevented
among high risk adults through modest lifestyle changes and losing about 5 to 7 percent of body weight.
Prevention Program (DPP) provides the scientific evidence that the rising tide of type 2 diabetes
in the United States can be turned back. That is why NDEP is mobilizing its partners at the national, state, and
local levels to translate these findings into real health improvements for
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Page last reviewed: September 30, 2008
Page last modified: May 16, 2008
Content Source: National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion
Division of Diabetes Translation