World diabetes event set for Nov. 14 at State Capitol

BY GALE GOODNER, Oklahoma County OSU Cooperative Extension Service Modified: October 30, 2012 at 12:55 pm •  Published: October 30, 2012

Around 26 million children and adults in the United States have diabetes and another 79 million have a condition known as “prediabetes.” Oklahomans with prediabetes are at a much higher risk for developing full-blown diabetes.

Recent estimates suggest that if diabetes rates continue to increase, one in three American adults will have diabetes in 2050.

“We want to help people identify their condition if they do, in fact, have prediabetes, and get them the help they need to delay or even prevent the full onset of the disease,” Romano said. “Simply by making changes in their diet and becoming physically active, many people with prediabetes can reduce their risk of developing type 2 diabetes.”

For more information about World Diabetes Day at the State Capitol, contact Diana Romano at 713-1125.