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Why is the AMA focused on type 2 diabetes and heart disease?

The AMA is in a unique position to bring together physicians in all practice settings and specialties with patients, communities and public and private-sector organizations, to help prevent two of the nation's most common chronic diseases: heart disease and type 2 diabetes.

Type 2 diabetes and heart disease hurt our nation's health and economy, because they both:
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How is the AMA tackling type 2 diabetes and heart disease?

We are starting with these main risk factors: prediabetes and high blood pressure. By collaborating with key stakeholders, we are developing new approaches to prevent progression of prediabetes to type 2 diabetes and to achieve better control of high blood pressure.

To prevent type 2 diabetes the AMA is collaborating with:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) through a multi-year initiative called Prevent Diabetes STAT: Screen, Test, Act – Today™.
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The American Diabetes Association, the CDC, and the Ad Council to encourage physicians to identify and address patients likely at risk for prediabetes.
The Y to help increase the number of people screened and referred by physicians to the YMCA's Diabetes Prevention Program.
AmeriCares to increase availability of diabetes prevention programs in free and charitable clinics that serve patients with limited access to health care services.

To prevent heart disease the AMA is collaborating with:

American Heart Association (AHA) on the Target: BP initiative to reduce the number of American adults living with uncontrolled blood pressure.
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Johns Hopkins Medicine Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality and Johns Hopkins Center to Eliminate Cardiovascular Health Disparities to create a nationwide professional movement.
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Medicare Quality Innovation Network-Quality Improvement Organization to support ambulatory care practices in efforts to improve control of high blood pressure.
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Million Hearts® initiative, for which the primary objective is to prevent 1 million heart attacks and strokes by 2017.

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