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As prices continue to skyrocket, more and more diabetics in Kentucky can’t afford cost of insulin

By Nadia Ramlagan Public News Service The cost of insulin is skyrocketing, and health-care advocates want Kentucky lawmakers to take action to stop it. According to the American Diabetes Association, the list price of insulin has jumped by 64% since 2014. In August, Louisville resident Angie Summers told the state’s Interim Joint Committee on Banking and Insurance that she’s had to self-ration...

Organizations working to educate Ky. families served by food banks on how to manage Type 2 diabetes

By Mary Kuhlman Public News Service While helping to reduce hunger throughout the state, some advocacy groups also are spreading the word about how to avoid an all too common disease. The American Diabetes Association, the Kentucky Association of Food Banks and Passport Health Plan are working to educate families served by food banks about how they can best prevent and manage Type 2 diabetes. Kirsten...

Jeff Rubin: We need to develop a sense of urgency in fight to curb epidemic of diabetes

November is American Diabetes Month, thirty days set aside to shed light on a chronic condition that remains one of the fastest growing illnesses in Kentucky, the U.S., and around the world. It is also a disease that as of yet has no cure. According to the World Health Organization, diabetes currently affects more than 415 million people worldwide. Included in that total are at least 25.8 million...

SmartHealthToday: Does having high blood sugar mean you’re diabetic? Not necessarily

By Dave Malaska SmartHealthToday Roughly 29 million people in the United States have various levels of diabetes. For many years, doctors called them “diabetics.” They called themselves “diabetic.” But are they, really, “diabetics?” Not anymore, says the nation’s leading advocacy for people with the disease, the American Diabetes Association. The organization recently released its revised...

World Diabetes Day: Others look to Kentucky for leadership in advocacy and awareness

  By Stewart Perry and Bob Babbage Special to KyForward   World Diabetes Day was launched in 1991 by the International Diabetes Federation and the World Health Organization as an effort to engage people worldwide in diabetes advocacy and awareness. It is held every year on Nov. 14.   This year Kentuckians will mark World Diabetes Day with a mixture of concern and celebration.   Concern...

Commentary: Change is coming in ongoing fight against Kentucky's diabetes epidemic

By R. Stewart Perry and Larry Smith Special to KyForward   Diabetes is destroying lives in Kentucky. It is destroying families. And it is costing billions of dollars every year in direct and indirect costs to the state’s economy.   The impact of diabetes on Kentucky and Kentuckians cannot be understated. There are few things that present a greater challenge to our future prosperity and...

Diabetes association, children's hospital benefit from Talon Winery outdoor concerts

Talon Winery Lexington will be hosting a duet of summer benefit concerts for American Diabetes Association and The Makenna Foundation.   “Toast to a Cure” for the American Diabetes Association is July 13 at Talon on Tates Creek Rd. from 6:30-9:30 p.m.   Live music will be provided by Catch 22. Billy’s BBQ will bring the food. There will also be a small silent auction.   Tickets...

WellCare of Kentucky gives $75K to ADA in conjunction with 'Walk to Stop Diabetes'

WellCare of Kentucky’s Brandon Lau, left, presents a sponsorship check to Jerry G. Hale, ADA president of Step Out. (Photo from WellCare)   WellCare of Kentucky and Team Red raised $75,000 for the American Diabetes Association at the Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes event in June at Keeneland in Lexington.   WellCare, in conjunction with the WellCare Community Foundation, is a sponsor...