February 27, 2016

The American Medical Association (AMA) has announced a multimillion dollar initiative to help prevent cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes and improve health outcomes for those with these conditions.

“Cardiovascular disease accounts for one third of all deaths in our nation, and 1 in 3 adults could have diabetes by 2050 if current trends continue,” said Jeremy Lazarus, MD, president of the AMA. He announced the plan this week at at the National Summit on Health Disparities, hosted by the National Minority Quality Forum, noting that this venue was chosen because rates of diabetes are higher in Native American, African American, and Latino communities and African Americans are more likely to have cardiovascular disease.

 

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