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National plan targets diabetes | (UPI) -- Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy Thompson has introduced a national plan to address the growing problem of diabetes in women.

Diabetes is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States and a major contributor to heart disease, the number one killer of women.

"We need to change the way we think about diabetes with an eye on preventing the disease in women throughout their lives and on reducing disease-related complications for the more than 9 million American women who already have the disease," Thompson said. "We need to help women understand the disease and what they can do to take care of themselves. This new effort shares a common philosophy with our broader prevention initiative, Steps to a Healthier U.S., which includes a special focus on reducing diabetes."

The National Public Health Initiative on Diabetes and Women's Health is designed to mobilize the nation to address diabetes as a growing health concern, Thompson said.

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