Health Department Urges Mississippians to Act on Diabetes Now
Governor Haley Barbour has declared today Diabetes Awareness Day in Mississippi in recognition of the World Health Organizations World Diabetes Day. Mississippi has the second highest rate of diagnosed diabetes in the nation prompting the Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH), along with partners Walmart and the Mississippi Rural Health Association, to call on Mississippians to "Act on Diabetes Now."
Mississippians are invited to visit any Walmart store in the state from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. today to get information on the risks and warning signs of diabetes, how to manage and control diabetes, and where to go for help for diabetes. Diabetes is a serious, controllable and preventable disease that results in blood sugar being too high.
"More than 270,000 adult Mississippians are living with type 2 diabetes and another 24,000 adult Mississippians have pre-diabetes which is a condition that puts them at risk for developing type 2 diabetes," said State Health Officer Dr. Mary Currier. "Diabetes is a serious disease with no cure. All Mississippians should find out if they are at risk for developing diabetes and take action to prevent it."
According to Currier, an increase in community awareness related to diabetes can improve the likelihood that people will get the attention they need before developing the disease and its devastating complications.
"We understand that diabetes awareness plays an important role in the health of Mississippians," stated Bo Kirby, Regional Health & Wellness Director for Walmart in Mississippi. "We are honored to help make a difference in the lives of our customers and the citizens of Mississippi."
World Diabetes Day is celebrated on November 14 each year to mark the birthday of Frederick Banting who, along with Charles Best, was instrumental in the discovery of insulin in 1922, www.HealthyMS.com. Follow MSDH by e-mail and social media at HealthyMS.com/connect.