The Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust is working to prevent the onset of diabetes and control its devastating impacts on the health of financially disadvantaged North Carolinians by investing in evidence-based prevention, communications and education, and medical programs.
North Carolina has the 9th highest diabetes rate in the country; nearly one in 10 residents have been diagnosed with the disease. Diabetes is the leading cause of death due to heart attack and stroke in the state, as well as the leading cause of blindness and kidney failure. Diabetes increases the risk for other serious health problems, including kidney disease, neuropathy, and depression, among others. Half a million North Carolinians are currently diagnosed with pre-diabetes, and the number of those suffering from the disease is growing.
Diabetes disproportionately impacts low-income and minority North Carolinians. African Americans are almost twice as likely to die from diabetes as whites. This disparity is the result of environmental conditions, social and economic factors, insufficient health resources, and poor disease management.
Working with local, county, and regional partners, the Trust is focusing its efforts on learning how and why disparities exist and investing in prevention and management initiatives carefully designed to address the needs of underserved communities.
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