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Notice to Readers Availability of Information on Diabetes Awareness

Three resources to promote diabetes awareness have recently been published and are available to the public. The 1995 National Diabetes Fact Sheet provides statistical information about the impact of diabetes in the United States. The fact sheet was a collaborative effort involving a consortium of federal agencies (CDC; the Health and Human Resource Services Administration; the Indian Health Service; the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, National Institutes of Health; and the Department of Veterans Affairs) and volunteer diabetes organizations (the American Association of Diabetes Educators, the American Diabetes Association, and the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation). The document is available free of charge through any of the agencies or national headquarters of the organizations participating in the consortium or on CDC's Diabetes Home Page on Internet (http://www.cdc.gov/nccdphp/ddt/ddthome.htm). To order the document from CDC, write to TISB, Mailstop K-13, Attention: DK, CDC, 4770 Buford Highway, N.E., Atlanta, GA 30341-3724.

This consortium, as well as the Pedorthic Footwear Association (PFA) and the California College of Podiatric Medicine (CCPM), is collaborating on a foot-care awareness campaign to detect loss of protective foot sensation, which can lead to foot ulcers and eventually to amputations. Additional information about the campaign is available from any of the agencies or national headquarters of the organizations participating in the consortium, PFA, or CCPM.

The National Diabetes Data Group, National Institutes of Health, has published Diabetes in America, 2nd Edition, a compilation and assessment of the scope and impact of diabetes in the United States (1). The book addresses the descriptive epidemiology of diabetes, complications of the disease, characteristics of therapy and medical care for diabetes, economic aspects, and diabetes in specific racial/ethnic populations. A substantial portion of the data is derived from CDC's National Center for Health Statistics surveys, including the National Health Interview Survey, National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, National Hospital Discharge Survey, National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey, and the vital statistics system. The document is available for $20 (postage and handling charge) from the National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, One Information Way, Bethesda, MD, 20892-3560; telephone (301) 654-3327.

References

  1. National Diabetes Data Group, National Institutes of Health. Diabetes in America. 2nd ed. Bethesda, Maryland: US Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, National Institutes of Health, 1995; DHHS publication no. (NIH)95-1468.



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