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.