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Fill-in-Blank News Release for County Health Departments

For Release: _____, 2003
Contact: __________
_____ County Health Department
(Phone)

Learn the Signs, Symptoms, Controls for Diabetes to Improve Your Health

Did you know that diabetes is a serious, common, costly, but controllable disease that impacts 320,000 Oklahomans? Diabetes does not allow your body to produce enough insulin or effectively use insulin, explains the _____ County Health Department.

“Insulin is a hormone that allows sugar to enter your cells for energy. When you have diabetes, something goes wrong and the body can’t get sugar into the cells. As a result, the body doesn’t get the fuel it needs for activities, and blood sugar stays too high,” said _____, administrative director.

S/he said there are two types of diabetes: Type 1 and Type 2. With Type 1 diabetes, your body makes little or no insulin. About 10 percent of the people with diabetes have Type 1 diabetes. Type 2 diabetes accounts for nearly 90 percent of all diagnosed cases of diabetes. Type 2 diabetes is when your body makes insulin, but it can’t use it effectively.

“The disease may be silent for a long time, but it can cause damage to blood vessels, eyes, nerves and kidneys. If left untreated, diabetes can lead to blindness, kidney problems, amputation, heart attacks, and death,” _____ emphasized.

Some common signs of diabetes include: increased thirst, increased hunger, and feeling tired with no energy. People that are at risk for diabetes are overweight, have a family history of diabetes, are age 45 or older, and are African-American, Native American or Hispanic.

Recent studies show that increased physical activity and improved/balanced nutrition can delay or prevent diabetes. Prevention and control are the keys to good diabetes care. The _____ County Health Department offers the following tips to prevent and control diabetes:

  • Take medications as prescribed by your physician.
  • Get your feet examined at every visit.
  • Get your influenza and pneumococcal vaccinations.
  • Increase physical activity.
  • Eat well-balanced, nutritious meals.
  • Get an annual dilated eye exam.

If you think you are at risk for diabetes, please talk to your doctor. For more information about diabetes, contact the _____ County Health Department at (telephone number).

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