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ACP Produces Free Educational Video for Blacks With Type 2 Diabetes

PHILADELPHIA (Jan. 30, 2004) - The American College of Physicians has produced "Living with Diabetes: A Guide for African Americans," a free, new patient education video that addresses type 2 diabetes, a serious health problem facing many black Americans. According to the National Institutes of Health, one out of 12 (over 2.2 million) black Americans has type 2 diabetes, and death rates for blacks with diabetes are 27 percent higher compared with whites.

The 30-minute video and accompanying guidebook explain diabetes, provide tips on preventing serious complications, and offer suggestions for healthy eating, exercise and weight management to help control the disease. The video features football star Art Shell, who explains how he manages his own diabetes, and runner and Olympic gold medalist Gail Devers, who relates her experience with family members who have the disease.

Sponsored by an educational grant from Novo Nordisk, the new video is the third in a series from ACP designed to educate minority patients about specific diseases. Other videos in the ACP series include "Awareness is Power: Cancer and the African American" and "Diabetes: A Guide for Hispanic Americans."

The videos and guidebooks are available to ACP's internal medicine physician members and their patients at no charge, as part of ACP's national effort to raise awareness about these diseases among minority populations. ACP also works with community groups and the National Association of Black Churches to distribute the materials directly to patients.

During February, Black History Month, several television stations nationwide will also air the video:

  • Detroit (WWJ-CBS) - Sunday, Feb. 1, 2004, 12:00 - 12:30 p.m.
  • Philadelphia (KYW-CBS) - Sunday, Feb. 15, 2004, 12:30 - 1:00 p.m.
  • Washington, D.C. (WJLA-ABC) - Saturday, Feb. 28, 2004, 12:00 - 12:30 p.m.

For more information on this video and the others in the ACP video series, see ACP Online. The guidebook may also be downloaded here at ACP's patient education Web site.

The American College of Physicians is the largest medical specialty organization and the second-largest physician group in the United States. ACP members include more than 115,000 internal medicine physicians (internists), related subspecialists, and medical students. Internists specialize in the prevention, detection and treatment of illnesses in adults, reflected in the organization's trademarked phrase Doctors of Internal Medicine. Doctors for Adults. ACP publishes Annals of Internal Medicine, the most widely cited medical specialty journal in the world. For more information about ACP see ACP Online.

Brian Wasson, 215-351-2513, bwasson@acponline.org

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