CHAPMANVILLE — Logan County has the undesirable distinction of having one of the highest diabetes rate among its citizens, but steps are being taken to change that.
A 2008 report by the Centers for Disease Control put the estimated rate of diabetes in Logan County at 14.8 percent, the highest in the United States. Their research also places West Virginia in the top 10 states having the most diagnosed cases of Type II diabetes, and the number of cases has doubled over the past 10 years.
Logan Regional Medical Center, Logan County’s Family Resource Network and several other businesses and agencies have joined 13 other West Virginia counties who have formed a Diabetes Coalition.
The coalition will provide a wide range of services beginning with education. Their goal is to help people prevent, or control, the disease. Two grant applications are being made to raise funds to support the program.
At a meeting in October, the group discussed American Diabetes Month in November and World Diabetes Day on Nov. 14. “Small Changes Make a World of Difference” is the theme, encouraging people to make a commitment for health.
Those small changes include: eating smaller portions; choosing more vegetables; drinking more water; using less salt; increasing activity; getting a flu vaccine; brushing and flossing twice daily; and taking medications as directed.
Workplaces, social groups, and churches will be posting a flyer listing these small changes to raise awareness of World Diabetes Day and inspire everyone to make changes for a healthier lifestyle.
The next coalition meeting is at 11 a.m., Tuesday Nov. 13, the Chief Logan Recreation Center.
For more information on diabetes, visit the American Diabetes Association website at diabetes.org.