Last updated 1:19AM ET
October 20, 2017
WOUB Local News
WOUB Local News
Curbing diabetes
(2007-12-13)
(WOUB) - Recent studies show that just about one out of every ten people in Appalachian Ohio is struggling with diabetes and now a new piece of federal legislation is attempting to help curb the disease.

The Senate bill, co-sponsored by Ohio Democrat Sherrod Brown, aims to increase diabetes screening, establish an advisory group to make recommendations about employee wellness programs, improve the collection of diabetes mortality data, and create a national diabetes report card.

Brown says the bill will also recommend that future doctors be required to study more about diabetes in medical school.

He says it's important to do something to stop the increase of diabetes in the state.

According to the Ohio Department of Health, there's been a 14 percent rise in diabetes cases in Ohio since 2000.

And in the southeastern part of the state, the disease is increasing at twice that rate.

Nationally, more than 20 million people have been diagnosed with diabetes but Brown says the Centers for Disease Control estimates that six million more people have the disease but are undiagnosed.
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