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

MINNEAPOLIS, Feb. 29 /PRNewswire/ -- Randy Jackson, music industry veteran and TV personality, is coming to Minneapolis to help raise awareness among the local community about type 2 diabetes and its connection with cardiovascular disease (CVD). Jackson partnered with the American Heart Association to speak on behalf of a national campaign, The Heart of Diabetes(TM), to help those living with type 2 diabetes manage the disease and reduce the risk of associated complications. Approximately 320,000 Minnesotans, or 8.2 percent of the state population, currently have diabetes; 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 lead a healthier lifestyle. Now I am 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 Barbara Johnson, a long-time resident of Chanhassen, MN, who was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes a little over a year ago. Johnson 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.

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