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World Diabetes Day will be held at Oklahoma Capitol

A World Diabetes Day program will be held in the rotunda of the Oklahoma Capitol on Nov. 14. Attendees can take part in diabetes screenings, obtain referrals and learn more about the causes and warning signs of the disease.
by Ken Raymond Published: November 6, 2012
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/articleid/3725897/1/pictures/1876703">Photo - Diana Romano, dietitian and educator with the Oklahoma County OSU Cooperative Extension Service. <strong> - Provided</strong>
Diana Romano, dietitian and educator with the Oklahoma County OSU Cooperative Extension Service. - Provided

About 26 million children and adults in the United States have diabetes and another 79 million have “pre-diabetes,” a collection of physical and lifestyle traits that put them at a higher risk of developing diabetes, according to an extension service news release. Recent estimates suggest that if diabetes rates continue to increase, one in three American adults will have diabetes in 2050.

The World Diabetes Day program will be from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Nov. 14. Those who attend the free event at the Capitol can take part in diabetes screenings, pick up free supplies, get treatment referrals and participate in educational activities.

“The idea is create more awareness in people who already have diabetes and advise them what they should do to take care of it, while also teaching people about the risk factors and steps they can take to avoid getting diabetes,” Romano said.

Dr. Terry Cline, Oklahoma Commissioner of Health, will discuss “Living Happily With Diabetes.” Other Oklahoma diabetics will share their personal stories, too.


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by Ken Raymond
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Ken Raymond is the book editor. He joined The Oklahoman in 1999. He has won dozens of state, regional and national writing awards. Three times he has been named the state's "overall best" writer by the Society of Professional Journalists. In...
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