Oklahoma has some of the highest rates of diabetes in the nation.
Each day, thousands of Oklahomans and their families, friends and communities work to manage this disease that can come with a host of complications.
I am writing a few stories about diabetes and want to hear how diabetes has affected you or your family.
A few notes about diabetes in Oklahoma:
- Oklahoma has the fourth highest rate of death due to diabetes in the nation, according to the Oklahoma State Department of Health.
- While male Oklahomans have seen a greater decline in the rate of death due to diabetes, they continue to have a rate that is more than 30 percent higher than female Oklahomans.
- Type 2 diabetes accounts for the vast majority of all diabetes cases (90-95 percent) and can be prevented through healthy food choices, physical activity, and weight loss.
- Cardiovascular disease is a major complication and the leading cause of premature death among people with diabetes.
- After adjusting for age and gender, people with diabetes have annual health care expenditures that are more than twice as high ($13,741 vs. $5,853) as people without diabetes.
- Type 2 diabetes is frequently not diagnosed until complications appear, and about one-third of all people with the disease might be undiagnosed.