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By Selena Stevens


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The live call-in show will air on KET at 9 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 24.

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Oct. 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.

Janet Tietyen, 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 and Metabolism.

The show 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.

"Education 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."

Diabetes 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.

The disease 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.

The disease's financial burden also can be heavy. In Kentucky, it has been estimated that the annual cost of diabetes is close to $2 billion.

Despite 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.

Panelists on the show will discuss the disease and its treatment and respond to callers' questions. The call-in number will be (800) 753-6237.

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