Okla. Lawmakers Plan Diabetes Awareness Program

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Two Oklahoma lawmakers will join community leaders at the state Capitol to help draw attention to the growing health problem diabetes poses for minorities.

Sen. Constance Johnson of Oklahoma City and Rep. Randy McDaniel of Edmond will participate in the 3rd Annual Capitol Dome Blue World Diabetes Day Program on Nov. 14.

The Oklahoma Health Department says about 15 percent of American Indians and blacks in the state have diabetes, compared to less than 10 percent of whites. At 13 percent, Oklahoma Hispanics also suffer at a higher rate of diabetes.

Johnson says the prevalence of diabetes among minorities is alarming. McDaniel says Oklahomans cannot ignore health disparities in minority communities that are a matter of life and death.

The free event will take place on the Capitol's second floor.