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Randy Jackson and the American Heart Association Promote Awareness about the Connection Between Type 2 Diabetes and Cardiovascular Disease
Date:10/2/2007

The Heart of Diabetes(TM) Campaign Asks People Living with Type 2 Diabetes

to Submit Their Stories for a Chance to Appear in a Public Service

Announcement with Randy Jackson

NEW YORK, Oct. 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Randy Jackson, music industry veteran and TV personality, is holding a casting call for people living with type 2 diabetes. 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 learn about its connection to cardiovascular disease (CVD). Approximately 21 million Americans have diabetes; and according to estimates, two-thirds of them will die of CVD, such as heart attack or stroke.

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"When I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, I thought, 'Wow, I have a serious disease,'" Jackson said. "I've learned that people can live well, with proper management of this disease, and that hearing stories about how others manage type 2 diabetes helps me. I am encouraging people to share their stories as part of The Heart of Diabetes campaign. I hope this campaign will help others who live with type 2 diabetes lead happier, healthier and more fulfilling lives."

Through the campaign, Jackson shares more of his story about living with type 2 diabetes and provides information about how to successfully manage it. The campaign calls upon those who either have, or know someone who has, type 2 diabetes to share their tips and inspirational stories on the campaign's Web site, IKnowDiabetes.org. Three people with type 2 diabetes, whose stories are inspiring to others, will be selected and invited to appear in a public service announcement with Jackson.

Daniel W. Jones, M.D., president of the American Heart Association, noted, "People living with type
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