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Former Professional Football Player to Speak on Diabetes at OCH Support Group Meeting

Date/Time
Date(s) - 07/09/2013
5:30 pm

Location
OCH Regional Medical Center

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On Tuesday, July 9 at 5:30 p.m. OCH Regional Medical Center invites you to join the diabetes support group in the OCH Educational Facility as they welcome former professional football player Marcus Dupree. As a type 2 person with diabetes, Dupree will share his experiences and how he manages the disease.

Dupree scored a record-breaking 87 touchdowns during his high school career which landed him the title of All-American as well as MVP of the 1983 Fiesta Bowl. He was recruited to play for the University of Oklahoma, and shortly after signed the biggest contract ever awarded to a 19 year-old with the New Orleans Breakers of the United States Football League.

Even though he is no longer a professional athlete, Dupree applies the strength, drive and perseverance that he learned as an athlete to other areas of his life, including controlling his type 2 diabetes. Since being diagnosed in 2009, Dupree has focused on exercise, eating right and closely collaborating with his doctor as he believes that diabetes management can be integrated into all aspects of life.

According to the latest studies by the Mississippi Department of Health, diabetes affects over 12% of the adult population and contributed to 926 deaths in 2010. Complications with type 2 diabetes can include lower extremity amputations, end stage renal disease, blindness, loss of protective sensation and heart disease.

This event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be provided. For more information, call (662) 615-2668.