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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 ha
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