Help Is On The Way For Kentuckians Suffering From Diabetes

Help is on the way for Kentuckians suffering from diabetes.

Governor Ernie Fletcher was in Somerset Tuesday afternoon handing out checks for a new program.

About 40,000 cars flow through Somerset each day and if health statistics are accurate, there's a good chance many of these drivers suffer from diabetes.

"We rank number 7 in the nation as far as diabetes," Peggy Tiller said.

Governor Fletcher remembers what diabetes was like for his grandfather in the 60's.

"Also remember having to carry a prosthetic leg when we wanted to go out to the farm..he lost his leg," Governor Ernie Fletcher said.

Diabetics now have better technology, but living through the condition is not any easier.

Now patients in Pulaski and 32 other counties are receiving some help.

Diabetes is a chronic disease that thousands here in the Lake Cumberland region deal with every day.

Health officials say in Pulaski County alone there are 6,000 people with diabetes, but the alarming statistic is that a third of them may not even know they have it.

"Diabetics basically spend five times more on the average for medical care than a non-diabetic," Peggy Tiller said.

Governor Fletcher says education firsthand will many times prevent over spending later.

Governor Fletcher says diabetics will receive information about the program early next year.


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