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American Diabetes Association launches program to support people newly diagnosed with type 2 diabetes

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Stephen S. was shocked when he heard the news: He had type 2 diabetes.

"I have no family history of diabetes," he said. "I always thought that diabetes was never going to be my problem. Now it is."

More than 5,200 people will be diagnosed with diabetes – the majority of them with type 2 diabetes. These newly diagnosed can enroll in the American Diabetes Association's free "Living With Type 2 Diabetes" program by visiting www.diabetes.org/living or calling 1-800-DIABETES.

The Living With Type 2 Diabetes program offers 12 months of detailed information in English or Spanish about diabetes management, healthy lifestyle and stress. Each section in the series is presented in easy-to-understand pieces (online or in print) to help prevent the common feelings of being confused, overwhelmed or isolated.

"The moment of diagnosis is often filled with many questions," said Ana Gonzales-Seda, American Diabetes Association. "The Living With Type 2 Diabetes Program provides timely information throughout the year, based on the most up-to-date diabetes research, to help patients manage their disease and improve their lives. The good news we want to share is that diabetes can be controlled with proper management so people can go on to live full and active lives."

The "Living With Type 2 Diabetes" program has two parts. The first part of the initiative is a free informational booklet. When a patient is diagnosed by his or her primary care provider, participating health care professionals will distribute the free informational booklet "Where Do I Begin? Living With Type 2 Diabetes," which is available in English or Spanish.

"Our research shows people who have recently been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes want simple printed information, covering just the basics, from their doctor on the day of diagnosis," said Gonzales-Seda. "The booklet provides a basic introduction about living with type 2 diabetes. People will have the opportunity to receive more detailed information and tools throughout the year to help them manage their disease and improve healthy behaviors."

The second part of the initiative is a free, 12-month program. The program will provide lifestyle education and offer guidance to help people with diabetes learn how to manage the disease at regular intervals throughout the year-long program. Different topics include food and nutrition, stress and emotions, physical activity and diabetes-related complications. Participants will also receive healthy recipes, tools to manage diabetes and opportunities for online and community support.

The program is available in English and Spanish and participants can choose to receive information online or through the mail. Those enrolled in the mailed, English version of the program will receive three free issues of the association's award-winning magazine Diabetes Forecast.

For Stephen S., his type 2 diabetes diagnosis has changed his life, as well of the lives of his family members. "I want to stop diabetes because I do not want my children to have to live or possibly die from this disease," he said. "For now, they can see what I need to do on a daily basis to keep from dying from this disease."

People recently diagnosed with type 2 diabetes are invited to enroll in a free, 12-month program by visiting www.diabetes.org/living or calling 1-800-DIABETES.

Primary care providers are encouraged to order (and reorder) free copies of the booklet in English or Spanish to give to their patients by visiting www.diabetes.org/atdx.

The American Diabetes Association would like to thank the following companies that provided funding in support of the Living With Type 2 Diabetes Program: Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Kraft Foods, McNeil Nutritionals - makers of Splenda, Sanare and its consumer company, BrightSky and the Walmart Foundation.

About the American Diabetes Association

The American Diabetes Association is leading the fight to stop diabetes and its deadly consequences and fighting for those affected by diabetes. The Association funds research to prevent, cure and manage diabetes; delivers services to hundreds of communities; provides objective and credible information; and gives voice to those denied their rights because of diabetes. Founded in 1940, our mission is to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes. For more information please call the American Diabetes Association at 1-800-DIABETES (1-800-342-2383) or visit www.diabetes.org. Information from both these sources is available in English and Spanish.

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