Eastern Stars Raises Awareness and Funds for Diabetes Research

By Anir Senyah-The New Citizens Press   

     LANSING, MI — Rev. Reynard N. Blake, Jr., Executive Director of Greater Lansing African American Health Institute (GLAAHI) was a speaker recently at a prayer breakfast sponsored by District 4 of the International Masons and Order Eastern Stars District 4 hosted by Lee Taylor.

     In front of almost 100 attendees, Rev. Blake pointed out that a little over 11% of all African Americans aged 20 or older have diabetes.  That is over 2.5 million people.  

      He said, “What is most dangerous about that figure, is that 1/3 of the people do not know that they have diabetes.  Nearly 900,000 African Americans do not know they have the disea se.”  

       He stated that there are life threatening consequences of diabetes such as heart disease and stroke.  Other complications could include blindness, kidney disease or amputations he told the attentive audience.  

       He added that  diabetes can be controlled  through diet and exercise and unfortunately as of now diabetes has no cure.

     He said that people should get themselves checked for diabetes.  He recommends that individuals get more checkupsand explore our own family medical history.  

     He stated that it is wonderful that the Eastern Stars are raising funds and awareness regarding African Americans and diab etes.

Jerry Cullen owner of Medical Resources & Supplies shows Joyce Hattiway, Deloise Hattiway and Maxine Cain his diabetic footware that is covered by Medicare. 

      “The event sounded the alarm about African American health and disparities that African Americans are dealing with” , said For more information about diabetes log on to

www.diabetic.com/education/pubs/afam/afam.htm or

http://www.blackhealthcare.com.  For more information about diabetic shoes contact Jerry Cullen at 517-896-9882.

Michigan Issues Unified Strategic Plan To Combat Diabetes

From left to right: Mary Jean Klebba, Strategic Plan Steering Committee Co-chair; Dr. Kimberlydawn Wisdom, Surgeon General; Kris Ernst, CDC Division of Diabetes Translation; and Mike Mawby, American Diabetes Association.  Photo courtesy of Michigan Department of Community Health.
    “Simple lifestyle modifications such as healthy eating, moderate exercise, and weight control have conclusively been shown to prevent Type 2 diabetes by up to 60 percent,” said Dr. Kimberlydawn Wisdom, Michigan Surgeon General. “These solutions are low-tech and low cost, and yet they produce a high impact.”
     Diabetes, a complex metabolic disease, is increasingly becoming a major public health challenge in the United States and Michigan.   Diabetes:
* Affects 17 million Americans and more than 750,000 Michigan residents;
* Costs the United States $132 billion annually and almost $6 billion per year in Michigan;
* Disproportionately affects some groups of people more than others – certain racial/ethnic groups, physically inactive people, overweight people and those who have a family history of the illness
* Is becoming more common among children (type 2 diabetes).