Campaign urges African-Americans to get checked for diabetes

Nov 18, 2010

African-Americans are at an increased risk of developing diabetes

Diabetes is a serious condition that affects one's health and can even result in higher life insurance premiums. The condition, however, can be managed and sometimes prevented.

Pharmaceutical products company Lilly is encouraging African-Americans through their Fearless African-Americans Connected and Empowered Diabetes initiative to take charge of their health. The company is supporting the 9th annual Take a Loved One to the Doctor Day on September 28.

Songwriter Angie Stone and actor Anthony Anderson are serving as spokespeople for the cause and will be teaming up with The Tom Joyner Morning Show.

"We know the statistics and now it's time to lower them," says Joyner. "Going to the doctor is the first step, but the follow through is just as important and that includes managing our conditions. Companies like Lilly reach out to our community and make a difference."

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control says diabetes affected nearly 8 percent of the population in 2007. The ramifications from the condition include blindness and kidney damage. A healthy diet consisting of plenty of fruits and vegetables can help keep the disease at bay.

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