Diabetes Foundation of Mississippi Rallies Together

By: Rachel Alig Email
By: Rachel Alig Email

When it comes to diabetes, the numbers for Mississippi are staggering.

"There are 347,000 people living in Mississippi with diabetes. And there are another 115,000 living with diabetes that are unaware." said Julia Starrett of Diabetes Foundation of Mississippi.

And being unaware can cause problems. Starrett explained that not knowing you have diabetes can really hurt your body.

"If you are not aware that you are living with it you can do up to ten years of damage to your body before you are diagnosed," said Starrett.

That's why the Diabetes Foundation of Mississippi holds walks like this one. The organization wants people to know the facts about diabetes. If more people are aware, they won't have to live with the complications it can cause.

"Your kidneys, heart attack and stroke are some of the complications. Also eye sight; adult on-set blindness is a complication from diabetes and then amputations of legs, hands, feet," described Starrett.

Diabetes is a personal issue for many people and that's why they participate in the walk. For Cathy Raley, diabetes hits home all too well.

"My mom died with complications of diabetes, my husband has diabetes, my sister has diabetes, my brother has diabetes, and my brother in-law has diabetes," Raley told me.

So this event wasn't just another walk in the park for Raley. It was an opportunity for her to show her support.

"It's a great cause," exclaimed Raley. "It's good to see everyone come out and support diabetes."

Raley has seen the fight diabetes can put up. To beat it down, she has simple advice.

"Stay on the diet. I mean that's it, stay on the course your doctor gives you," said Raley.

Representatives from the Diabetes Foundation of Mississippi said the walk is their biggest fundraiser. The funds go towards the foundation's programs and services.

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