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Diabetes in Oklahoma: What's your story?

by Jaclyn Cosgrove Published: June 17, 2014

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.

To share your story, post in the comment section below this blog, contact me on Facebook or e-mail me via this page.

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.

Source: 2014 State of the State’s Health report

by Jaclyn Cosgrove
Medical and Health Reporter
Jaclyn Cosgrove writes about health, public policy and medicine in Oklahoma, among other topics. She is an Oklahoma State University graduate. Jaclyn grew up in the southeast region of the state and enjoys writing about rural Oklahoma. She is...
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