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For Release:  November 5, 2013 - Pamela Williams, Office of Communications - 405/271-5601

Diabetes Month Features Nov. 14 Event at the State Capitol

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that by 2050, one in three Americans will be challenged with diabetes.  Type 1 diabetes is associated with environmental and genetic factors and cannot be prevented.  However, most cases of Type 2 diabetes can be prevented or delayed, according to the Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH). 

“Eating healthy and being more active to achieve moderate and sustained weight loss can help prevent or delay Type 2 diabetes,” said Rita Reeves, coordinator of the OSDH Chronic Disease Diabetes Program.

Type 2 diabetes is often seen in more than one family member, which sometimes leads to the reasoning that one is destined to develop the “family” disease.  However, studies have demonstrated that healthy food choices, moderate physical activity like walking 150 minutes per week, and moderate sustained weight loss can prevent or delay the onset of Type 2 diabetes. 

According to the American Diabetes Association, people with Type 2 diabetes pay 2.3 times more in health expenditures and are at high risk for blindness, lower extremity amputations, and kidney failure as well as other complications of the disease. “Preventing or delaying the onset of diabetes could result in reduced sick days, medical claims, and health care costs and provide individuals at risk with the opportunity to lead healthier lives,” said Reeves. 

To raise awareness about diabetes and its related issues, a special event at the Oklahoma State Capitol will observe “World Diabetes Day” on Thursday, Nov. 14. This free event will begin at 5:30 pm in the first floor rotunda and will feature organizations providing health screenings, glucose monitor training and testing, certified diabetes educators and resources, special presentations on “Know Your Numbers,” and information on faith-based model programs. Individuals will share their stories about coping with the impact of diabetes on themselves, their families and friends.  For more information on the World Diabetes Day event at the State Capitol, contact Rita Reeves at (405) 271-4072, ext. 57122.

For more information on diabetes, visit: www.diabetes.org.

Diabetes Awareness Day PSA (709kb, MP3)

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