Diabetes hits home with Alabama's Sec. of State

Secretary of State Beth Chapman
Secretary of State Beth Chapman

MONTGOMERY, AL —Secretary of State Beth Chapman is encouraging all Alabamians to stop and pay close attention to their health today. This is American Diabetes Association Alert Day.

One in five Americans is at risk for type 2 diabetes. Nearly 6 million more have diabetes and don't know it.

"As the Secretary of State, I am interested in what is best for Alabama and Alabamians," said Ms. Chapman, "diabetes runs in my family and I was diagnosed four years ago and have a genuine concern to help educate and inform others about the symptoms and risks involved."

Alabama leads the nation in diabetes with more than 440,000 citizens diagnosed with the disease. The growth rate for new cases is 30 percent above the national average. It is estimated that diabetes is costing Alabama businesses more than $3 billion annually according to an impact statement from the Alabama Cooperative Extension Service.

Secretary Chapman joins with the Alabama Diabetes Association to ask every Alabamian to please – take the first step toward stopping diabetes and take the Diabetes Risk Test now – then share it with your loved ones to let them know you care about their health.

For more information check the Secretary of State's website at www.sos.alabama.gov or go to the American Diabetes Association site www.stopdiabetes.com.