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Academy Policy Strategies to Prevent Type 2 Diabetes

Published:October 18, 2013DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jand.2013.09.005
      The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (Academy) has long recognized the importance of using legislation and public policy to prevent chronic disease and improve the health of all Americans. Never have these strategies been more important than in the context of diabetes prevention. At present, more than 8.3% of the US population has diabetes.

      2011 National Diabetes Fact Sheet. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website. http://www.cdc.gov/diabetes/pubs/pdf/ndfs_2011.pdf. Published 2011. Accessed July 10, 2013.

      The health and economic consequences of diabetes are enormous, not just for individual patients but for the population as a whole. This article discusses some of the promising public policies that can help reverse the diabetes epidemic, and ways in which Academy members are engaging their policy makers to help fight diabetes in the United States.
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