Diabetes Study Has Alarming Results - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

2/19/02

Diabetes Study Has Alarming Results

There's a new survey out about diabetes, and federal officials call the results alarming. With 16 million Americans living with diabetes, the survey indicates 68% of them don't get the connection that the number one killer of diabetics is heart disease and stroke.

Tommy thompson, the U.S. Secretary of Health says he keeps hearing the same excuses from people at risk, but the bottom line is denial.

"Granted I eat fritos and onion rings, and I am a little plump but I'm not as plump as this guy over there, and that's the guy that really needs to lose weight. So many people just do not make the connection between diabetes and heart disease," says Tommy Thompson, U.S. Secretary of Health. 

The survey concludes diabetics know they're at risk for blindness and amputation, and they know they have to control their blood sugar. What they don't know is that exercise and a better diet will help them lower their blood pressure and live longer.

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