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Pine Belt residents walk for 372,000 Mississippians with diabetes

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HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) -

Many Pine Belt residents took the first step towards defeating diabetes Sunday afternoon at Long Leaf Trace in Hattiesburg.

By taking part in Mississippi's Walk for Diabetes, every dollar raised Sunday supports the programs in Mississippi and provide life-saving medical supplies and services to the 372,000 Mississippians with diabetes.

Being the sixth out of seventh walk, The Diabetes Foundation of Mississippi fundraise to be able to provide medicine for needy patients with no health insurance, community health screenings, and camps for children with diabetes.

"We feel community screening are so important, and we're trying to do primary prevention which is preventing people from getting diabetes in the first place, as well as secondary prevention which is preventing the complication of diabetes," said Irena McClain from The Diabetes Foundation of Mississippi.

According to McClain, diabetes costs the state of Mississippi more than $2,000,000,000 in health care. She believes that by cutting down on the number of people developing diabetes, the cost of health care can lower.

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