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Editor's e-Note
It’s well known that diabetes greatly increases the risk of cardiovascular disease—a risk that increases the longer one has diabetes. Less well known is that it does so even in individuals with stable blood sugar levels. Two leading health care organizations are teaming with three pharmaceutical companies to reduce the risk of diabetes-related cardiovascular disease and improve quality and length of life by increasing consumer awareness, training health care providers, and introducing quality improvement measures for practices, clinics, and hospitals that treat this vulnerable population.

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— Kate Jackson, editor
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Coalition Aims to Tackle Diabetes, Cardiovascular Disease

The American Heart Association (AHA) and the American Diabetes Association (ADA) recently announced the start of a new multiyear collaborative initiative supported by founding sponsors Boehringer Ingelheim, Eli Lilly and Company, and Novo Nordisk. The initiative’s goal is to help people with type 2 diabetes reduce their risk of disability and death due to cardiovascular events such as heart attack and stroke. Additional support for the initiative is provided by national sponsor, Sanofi.

Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death and a major cause of disability for this population.

Adults with diabetes are two to four times more likely to have cardiovascular disease, which includes heart disease, heart failure, heart attack, and stroke, than people without diabetes. The combined risks have a significant impact—shortening life expectancy by an average of 12 years for adults at age 60 with both conditions.

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