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Alabama has a high prevalence of diabetes. Macon County, where Tuskegee is located has a 14 to 16 percent range for prevalence compared to just over 11 percent for the state.

To change habits, an accredited diabetes education program was started in Tuskegee. More than forty people took part. The goal of the ten week course was to help those with diabetes learn to control their blood sugar by changing their behavior. They were taught to eat healthy, exercise, and maintain a healthy weight.

Six months later, the preliminary results are positive.

“Every single one of the target indicators including knowledge and changes in behavior, self reported by the participants all of those things improved in the direction that we hoped that they would,” said Jan Kavookjian, Associate Professor of Health Outcomes Research & Policy at Auburn University’s Harrison School of Pharmacy.

This was only one of ten such programs in the country funded by the American Association of Diabetes Educators. The participants either had type 1 or type 2 diabetes or were in the pre-diabetes stage.

Auburn and Tuskegee Universities teamed up with East Alabama Medical Center and Blue Cross Blue Shield to make the study possible.

Teresa Whitaker

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