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Federal money to fight high diabetes rate in Kentuckiana

By Jon Chrisos - bio | email

SHELBYVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Millions of dollars in federal money are going to three Kentucky counties to help fight a big problem. The Centers for Disease Control awarded Shelby, Bullitt, and Henry counties with $2.5 million.

The money will go to the Kentuckiana Regional Planning and Development Agency (KPDA). KIPDA will work with the University of Louisville to administer it during the next five years. A group will work with people in those counties to diagnose and control diabetes.

"If they don't control and manage their diabetes then they have so many complications. Complications are immense - blindness, and periodontal disease, amputation, kidney problems. Quality of life is very poor," Dr. Pam Yankeelov with the Kent School of Social Work said.

The plan calls for education and lifestyle changes. More than 10% of people in those three counties are diagnosed with diabetes. That's higher than the state (9.9%) and national (7.7%) averages.

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