ADA And AHA Partner-up for New Initiative, “Know Diabetes by Heart”

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By : Suvarna Sheth

The American Diabetes Association (ADA) and the American Heart Association (AHA) announced a new partnership to raise awareness about the increased risk for cardiovascular disease for those living with type 2 diabetes.

Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death and a major cause of heart attacks, strokes, and disability for people living with type 2 diabetes.

The new initiative, called Know Diabetes by Heart (TM) aims to reduce the number of deaths, heart attacks and strokes in people living with type 2 diabetes.

“The public health impact and growing threat of diabetes and cardiovascular disease are too significant for any one organization to tackle alone,” said Nancy A. Brown, the chief executive officer of the American Heart Association in a press release.

“Our collaboration with the American Diabetes Association and industry supporters is crucial for developing meaningful solutions and offering practical tools and information that can help those living with type 2 diabetes find inspiration and take action toward improving their health and decreasing their risk of heart disease,” she added.

The initiative is supported by sponsors including Boehringer Ingelheim, Eli Lilly and Company Diabetes Alliance, and Novo Nordisk. The national sponsor is Sanofi.

The initiative seeks to comprehensively combat the issue by:

  • Raising awareness and understanding of the link between diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
  • Positively empowering people to better manage their risk for cardiovascular disease, heart attacks and strokes.
  • Supporting health care providers in educating their patients living with type 2 diabetes on cardiovascular risk and increasing their patients’ engagement in the prevention of cardiovascular deaths, heart attacks, and strokes.

Add the following free events to your calendar:

  • Ask The Expert Q&A Series – November 14 at 2 p.m. ET / 1 p.m. CT. Introductory Q&A series. Learn more about the link between diabetes, cardiovascular disease, heart attacks and strokes, and ask questions to experts.
  • Living with Type 2 Diabetes Program – A 12-month program offers six digital, printable “journeys” to improve understanding of how to live well with type 2 diabetes, including reducing the risk of heart attacks and strokes. The program also includes a monthly e-newsletter featuring practical tips, stories and resources, as well as six free issues of Diabetes Forecast®, the ADA’s consumer magazine, and access to the ADA’s online community of local events.

For more information, check out the initiative’s new website offers resources for those with type 2 diabetes, including education materials on the increased risk for CVD.


  1. American Heart Association and American Diabetes Association launch landmark health initiative—Know Diabetes by Heart(TM). American Diabetes Association. 2018, November 8. Retrieved: