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Diabetes a problem in Texoma

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Diabetes is affecting the lives of millions across the United States and our area is no exception.

The debilitating disease is costing health care an estimated $174 billion dollars a year and it's becoming an epidemic right here in Texoma.  Diabetes is the 7th leading cause of death and it's climbing. "Especially people in this area maybe 10 to 15 % of patients either have an abnormality that will lead to diabetes or have diabetes," says Dr. Ryan Kahl, a local endocrinologist.

As the numbers increase, Texoma Medical Center is stepping up and giving residents incentives to get their glucose levels checked by providing a free diabetes screening.  The process is quick and easy.  It only takes a prick of your finger and sixty seconds you have your results.

After the screening, Dr. Kahl held a seminar to inform those living with high blood sugar and diabetes how to manage their disease day to day.  Getting informed can make all the difference.  "High blood sugar doesn't cause any symptoms, usually finding it early by screening makes a huge difference," says Kahl.

The screening made a huge difference for one man living in Texoma.  "I ate before and that made it a little higher than it should have been, but they were a little concerned," says Al Giles a local resident who tested his glucose levels.

Doctors say, you should get your glucose levels checked once a year.

Christina Lusby, Reports.