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American Performing Icon Ben Vereen Encourages People to 'Take the Stage' and Act on Their Diabetes in 2009
Date:4/21/2009

partners with his doctor to make sure he has found the right treatment plan.

"I made a commitment to my health and found a treatment plan that helped me control my blood sugar," said Mr. Vereen. "But, people should know that I continue to take action everyday -- checking my blood sugar levels, making healthy food choices, exercising, and taking my diabetes medication as prescribed -- to make sure I maintain control."

For more information about Mr. Vereen's personal experience living with diabetes and tips on diabetes treatment and care, please visit www.BensDiabetesStory.com, which includes tour details so people can learn when Mr. Vereen will be traveling to their city as he continues to take the stage for diabetes awareness.

About Diabetes

Diabetes is a chronic, widespread condition in which the body does not produce or properly use insulin -- the hormone needed to transport glucose (sugar) from the blood into the cells of the body for energy. More than 230 million people worldwide are living with the disease, and this number is expected to rise to a staggering 350 million within 20 years. It is estimated that nearly 24 million Americans have diabetes, including an estimated 5.7 million who remain undiagnosed.

About Taking Control of Your Diabetes, 501(c)3

Taking Control of Your Diabetes (TCOYD) is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to informing and empowering people with diabetes to become actively involved in their own health care. TCOYD does this through live national conferences, local events, publications, online resources and their own educational television series. Each year TCOYD has the opportunity to spark a new understanding and a new energy in thousands of people living with this disease. For more information, please visit www.tcoyd.org<
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