Oklahoma City Indian Clinic participates in ‘Diabetes Alert Day’

BY STAFF REPORTS
04/07/2018 12:00 PM
OKLAHOMA CITY – Oklahoma City Indian Clinic commemorated “Diabetes Alert Day” on March 27 to promote the seriousness of diabetes, particularly when it is left undiagnosed or untreated.

One-in-three American adults are at risk for developing Type 2 diabetes, a serious disease that can lead to complications like kidney failure, heart disease, stroke, blindness and amputations. Type 2 diabetes doesn’t have to be permanent. It can be prevented or delayed with healthy lifestyle modifications. The first step is learning about the disease’s risks.

“Early detection and treatment of diabetes decreases the risk of developing complications of diabetes," said Robyn Sunday-Allen, CEO of OKCIC.

A simple and quick 60-second test located on the American Diabetes Association website can help a person determine if he or she is at risk for developing Type 2 diabetes.

American Indian and Alaska Native adults are 2.3 times more likely to be diagnosed with diabetes compared with non-Hispanic whites. Because of this diabetes epidemic, OKCIC has a specific program titled “Special Diabetes Program for Indians,” to provide Native Americans with diabetes treatment and prevention services. Through this grant-funded program OKCIC is able to educate, diagnose and assist patients with their diabetes management through lifestyle changes and intervention.

Common signs of diabetes and symptoms include: urinating more than usual, feeling very thirsty, feeling hungry even after eating, feeling tired, having blurred vision, having frequent infections or slow-healing cuts and sores and having tingling, pain or numbness in the hands or feet.

Oklahoma City Indian Clinic was established in 1974 to provide excellent health care and wellness services to American Indians in central Oklahoma. The clinic staff cares for more than 18,000 patients from more than 200 federally recognized tribes every year.

American Indians can receive a range of services, including medical, dental, pediatrics, prenatal, pharmacy, optometry, physical fitness, nutrition, family programs and behavioral health services. For more information, call 405-948-4900 or visit www.okcic.com.

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