18, 2001 (Lexington, Ky.) -- "Control
Your Diabetes for Life," a live call-in broadcast
on Kentucky Educational Television based on the work
of a UK Cooperative Extension Service specialist,
will air at 9 p.m. Oct. 24.
a food and nutrition specialist with UK Extension,
will host the program introduced by Lt. Gov. Steve
Henry and featuring panelists Patti Geil of Geil Nutrition
Communications; Dennis Karounos, director of the UK
Chandler Medical Center Diabetes Program; Rice C.
Leach, commissioner of the Kentucky Department for
Public Health; and Mary Ann DeMuro, senior nurse specialist
with the University of Louisville Department of Endocrinology
is based on Tietyen's publication by the same name
which is part of a program called "The Wildcat Way
to Wellness." "Wildcat Way" is a program that gives
Kentuckians a holistic plan for wellness, broaching
topics from financial security and mental well-being
to good eating and exercising habits. The program
is used by Extension agents across the state.
is the key to reducing the risk of diabetes among
Kentuckians," she said. "Educators from the Kentucky
Cooperative Extension Service and the Kentucky Department
of Public Health are partnering to provide diabetes
education opportunities around the state during November,
which is National Diabetes Awareness Month."
is a serious disease that affects millions of Americas.
About 5.9 percent of the U.S. population - roughly
16 million people - have the disease. Nearly 5 percent
of Kentucky's adult population and 5,500 Kentucky
children have diabetes, which is the sixth leading
cause of death by disease in the state.
can be a silent killer. About one-third of its victims
are unaware that they have it. Life-threatening complications
associated with diabetes include kidney disease, cardiovascular
disease and stroke.
financial burden also can be heavy. In Kentucky, it
has been estimated that the annual cost of diabetes
is close to $2 billion.
all this, there is good news. The disease is controllable,
especially when detected early, through treatments
including maintaining normal blood sugar levels and
routine physician visits.
on the show will discuss the disease and its treatment
and respond to callers' questions. The call-in number
will be (800) 753-6237.