November 15, 2017 – Diabetes Awareness Month

Chickasaw Nation News

Because Native Americans statistically are at greater risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, early detection and prevention is key. Chickasaw citizen Mark Francis, for example, uses his lunch break to hit the gym and keep his overall health on track. Mark's doctor diagnosed him as being pre-diabetic; it was a wake-up call for him to focus more on physical fitness, as his father lost a limb to the disease. It's a lifestyle, he says, one that has caused him to work out regularly, give up smoking and decrease his soda intake. His 19-year-old daughter comments on how much more alert he seems. The Chickasaw Nation's Diabetes Prevention Program, he says, has been a life changer for him.