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Randy Jackson and the American Heart Association Educate Cincinnati Area Residents about the Connection between Type 2 Diabetes and Cardiovascular Disease
Date:2/29/2008

CINCINNATI, Feb. 29 /PRNewswire/ -- Randy Jackson, music industry veteran and TV personality, is coming to Cincinnati to help raise awareness among the local community about type 2 diabetes and its connection to cardiovascular disease (CVD). Jackson has partnered with the American Heart Association to speak on behalf of The Heart of Diabetes(TM), a national campaign to help those living with type 2 diabetes manage the disease and reduce the risk of associated complications. More than 685,649 people in Ohio were diagnosed with diabetes in 2006; and according to national estimates, two-thirds of them will die of CVD, such as heart attack or stroke.

"When I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, I thought, 'Wow, I have a serious disease,'" Jackson said. "After taking a hard look at my life choices and lifestyle habits, I knew it was time to make a change to be healthier. I am now living proof that type 2 diabetes can be managed. There isn't a magic cure for the disease, and it's not always easy, but I believe everyone has the potential to take charge and manage the disease in his or her own way in order to live a happier, healthier and more fulfilling life."

Through the campaign's Web site, IKnowDiabetes.org, Jackson shares more of his story about living with type 2 diabetes and offers tips to help manage the disease. The Web site also features Harry Moore, a long-time resident of Cincinnati, who was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes more than ten years ago. Moore was one of three individuals selected by the American Heart Association to appear in a public service announcement with Jackson, which aims to increase awareness about the link between type 2 diabetes and CVD, and encourage people living with the disease to work with their healthcare provider to find an appropriate treatment plan.

"Finding out I had type 2 diabetes came as a complete shock, since I don't have a family history of the disease. For me, weight was an issue -- I was in the habit of turning to food as a source of comfort and had gained eighty pounds in four years," said Moore. "My doctor and support team were a never-ending source of encouragement and helped me get the disease under control. Now, The Heart of Diabetes campaign has given me a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to be a role model for others and help them stay motivated."

According to Dr. Russell Vester, Director of the Division of Cardiology at Jewish Hospital, "People living with type 2 diabetes often need a comprehensive solution that involves appropriate lifestyle changes and proper medication management. The Heart of Diabetes campaign encourages them to engage in regular physical activity and eat a healthy diet to help prevent the associated cardiovascular risks common in people living with the disease."

Tips created by Jackson and the American Heart Association and available on IKnowDiabetes.org include:
-- Keep active and maintain a healthy body weight. Even 30 minutes of

moderate physical activity five days a week can help prevent diabetes,

reduce blood pressure and cholesterol, maintain a healthy body weight

and minimize risk of cardiovascular disease.

-- Normalize your numbers. Schedule regular visits with your doctor to

help monitor your blood sugar and manage your diabetes. It has been

shown that you can reduce cardiovascular disease by improving your

blood sugar control and controlling other risk factors. Learn to keep

track of your critical health numbers, including blood pressure,

cholesterol, body weight and blood sugar.

-- Opt for a healthy lifestyle. Eat a healthy, balanced diet and reduce

intake of saturated and trans fats, cholesterol, sodium and added

sugars. Also, if you smoke, opt to quit -- smoking increases the risk

of cardiovascular disease.

-- Work with your doctor. People living with type 2 diabetes often need

multiple approaches to treatment to control the disease and its

associated risks. If you live with type 2 diabetes, it is important to

talk with your doctor, describe your symptoms and be persistent until

you find treatment options and lifestyle changes that work for you.

Visit IKnowDiabetes.org to share your personal experience with type 2 diabetes and for educational resources and more information about The Heart of Diabetes campaign.

The American Heart Association's The Heart of Diabetes(TM) campaign is supported by an educational grant from Takeda Pharmaceuticals North America, Inc.

About the American Heart Association

Founded in 1924, the American Heart Association today is the nation's oldest and largest voluntary health organization dedicated to building healthier lives, free of heart disease and stroke. These diseases, America's No. 1 and No. 3 killers, and all other cardiovascular diseases claim over 870,000 lives a year. In fiscal year 2005-06 the association invested over $543 million in research, professional and public education, advocacy and community service programs to help all Americans live longer, healthier lives. To learn more, call 1-800-AHA-USA1 or visit americanheart.org.


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