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The New York Eye and Ear Infirmary Gives Support to National Diabetes Goal

New York, NY (November 2008) -- The New York Eye and Ear Infirmary has joined other leaders in health care, business, government, and education in support for a new, unified National Diabetes Goal designed to focus efforts on reversing the upward trend of diabetes in the United States. The National Diabetes Goal calls for all sectors of society to work together so that by the year 2015, 45% of Americans at risk for Type 2 diabetes will know their blood glucose level and know the appropriate next steps to take to prevent or manage their diabetes.

“Due to the close connection between diabetes and eye disease, The New York Eye and Ear Infirmary is pleased to support the National Diabetes Goal,”said J. Robert Rosenthal, MD, NYEE’s Senior Vice President for Medical Affairs.  “With one of the largest outpatient eye centers in the country, including a dedicated Retina Center, this institution is especially committed to the prevention and control of a condition which is one of the leading causes of vision loss, especially as the population ages and becomes more at risk for Type 2 diabetes.  New York Eye and Ear has long included the topic of diabetes in its program of patient education and is pledged to increase this awareness among patients, families, staff and the community,” he said.

According to a national public opinion Gallup® survey commissioned by Novo Nordisk’s National Changing Diabetes® Program, more than 90% of Americans consider diabetes a serious health issue.  The Gallup® survey also showed that one in four adults (24%) has either been diagnosed by a physician as having diabetes (9%) or as being at-risk for diabetes (15%). 

More than 20 million Americans currently have diabetes.  If current trends continue, an estimated 50 million people – 15% of the population – will suffer from diabetes by 2025. Type 2 diabetes and its devastating complications, including kidney failure, stroke, heart disease and blindness, can be largely prevented.  The supporters of the National Diabetes Goal, including Dr. Rosenthal, acknowledge that the diabetes crisis takes a major social and economic toll on the United States, but also recognize that there are simple steps that can have a profound difference.  The first step to reversing current trends is for those at risk for Type 2 diabetes to get tested, learn their blood glucose level, and make suggested lifestyle changes.

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