State Unveils Plan to Control, Prevent Diabetes

By: AP
By: AP

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) _ A new statewide program to fight diabetes will depend in large part on convincing Kansans to take better care of themselves.

State health officials unveiled the Kansas Diabetes Plan on Friday, an effort to reduce diabetes or stop its onset in the next five years.

About 151,000 Kansas adults have been diagnosed with diabetes and another 65,000 Kansans likely have the disease and don't know it, according to the Kansas Diabetes Prevention and Control Program.

One of the keys of the new five-year plan is convincing people to eat better and be more active, said Rod Bremby, secretary of the Kansas Department of Health and Environment.

As part of the plan, the University of Kansas School of Medicine will add 20 positions related to diabetes research during the next 10 years.

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