Choctaw to fight youth diabetes
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AUGUST 23, 2000

The Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma has teamed up with the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center to fight diabetes in Indian youth.

The tribe will enter into a contracting agreement to give pediatric care at University hospitals to tribal members. The University will study about 20,000 Choctaw youth suffering from Type II diabetes.

According to Gary Batton, Choctaw Nation health director, 23 percent of the tribe has diabetes.

A team including doctors, nutritionists, psychologists from the Univeristy will work with diabetes specialists from the tribe to try to develop treatment plans to prevent Type II diabetes. Typically known as adult-onset diabetes, more and more Indian children are being diagnosed with it.

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