This disease causes heart attacks and leads to strokes, blindness, arm and leg amputations, nerve damage, kidney failure, liver failure. It kills people early. It’s starting to attack children. And it’s everywhere in West Virginia./
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Everette Ray Roberts of Mingo County is one of an estimated 69,000 West Virginians who have diabetes, but don’t know it. He was lucky he was diagnosed in time and luckier to have found a counselor who could help him bring it under control.
The home county of Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin and Landau Eugene Murphy, Jr., is also home to at least 6,000 diabetics — one in six of every county resident. “And there are many more who don’t know they have it.”
About 125,000 diabetics live in West Virginia, according to Gallup Healthways. Another estimated 125,000, like Handley, are near-diabetic, but can still head it off. Where do these turn for help with preventing or coping with diabetes?
West Virginia leads the nation in diabetes, but the state offers no statewide list of diabetes education services. The Gazette-Mail pulled together this list. It’s not complete, but it is more comprehensive than any available.
CHAPMANVILLE, W.Va. — A few weeks after Tim Harclerode started as chief operating officer at Logan Regional Medical Center, he picked up the newspaper and saw this headline: “Logan County: 6,000 diabetics and no diabetic education . . . yet.”