National Conference on Diabetes

Conference Task Force Members will meet with policymakers, healthcare providers, payers, patients, and other stakeholders to discuss how to tackle the diabetes epidemic and reverse its economic impact on our nation’s healthcare system.

When: April 28, 2010 – 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Where: NEWSEUM – Freedom Forum Entrance
8th Floor 555 Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest, Washington, DC 20001


The National Conference on Diabetes will bring together private and public stakeholders to re-energize the diabetes discussion and to address the disease’s burden.

In spite of the many efforts to prevent, diagnose and treat diabetes, the United States faces a public health crisis. The number of Americans with diabetes quadrupled from 5.6 million in 1980 (1) to 23.6 million Americans in 2007 (2), resulting in a staggering economic cost of $174 billion in 2007 (3).

Diabetes has significant health consequences for individuals and communities, particularly among underserved populations resulting in poorer quality of life, health outcomes and higher healthcare costs that cannot be sustained. Serious diabetes-related complications-including heart disease, stroke and kidney failure-kill Americans every day. Yet, about 40 percent of patients with diabetes are not in control of their blood sugar, leaving them at an increased risk of developing these serious diabetes-related complications (4).

Because the future of nearly 24 million people who have diabetes, the 57 million people with pre-diabetes (5) and the one in three American children who will develop diabetes in their lifetimes (6) depend upon our country taking action to end the diabetes epidemic

The Task Force hosting this event is comprised of representatives from Taking Control of Your Diabetes, National Minority Quality Forum, America’s Health Insurance Plans, American Diabetes Association, American Academy of Family Physicians Foundation, American Association of Diabetes Educators, American Pharmacists Association, National Black Nurses Association, National Business Group on Health, National Council on Aging and The Endocrine Society. The National Conference on Diabetes is made possible by support from sanofi-aventis U.S., Becton, Dickinson and Company and Intel Corporation.

(1) -Number (in Millions) of Civilian/Noninstitutionalized Persons with Diagnosed Diabetes, United States, 1980-2006.‖ Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 2008. page 1, table 2. 27 July 2009.

(2) -National Diabetes Fact Sheet‖. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 2007. page 5, line 113. 27 July 2009

(3) -Direct and Indirect Costs of Diabetes in the United States.‖ American Diabetes Association. 2007. page 1, line 2. 27 July 2009.

(4) Ford, Earl. -Trends in A1C Concentrations Among U.S. Adults with Diagnosed Diabetes from 1999 to 2004.‖ Diabetes Care. 31. Jan. 2008: 103, table 1.

(5) -National Diabetes Fact Sheet‖. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 2007. page 4, line 78. 27 July 2009

(6) -Diabetes At A Glance 2009‖. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion. 2009. page 4,

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