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Amercian Idol’s Randy Jackson is to host a special live Web event about Type 2 Diabetes.

The music industry veteran – who suffers from diabetes – will join Dan Jones, the immediate-past president of the American Heart Association, to host a live webcast to share information and offer advice on how to better manage type 2 diabetes.

During this session, Randy Jackson and Dr. Jones will discuss information on type 2 diabetes and its link to cardiovascular disease, Randy Jackson’s personal struggle with type 2 diabetes, their involvement in The Heart of Diabetes campaign, tips on how to better manage type 2 diabetes, and educational information and tools available through The Heart of Diabetes program.

2008 marks the second year Jackson has teamed up with the American Heart Association to encourage people with type 2 diabetes to enroll in The Heart of Diabetes campaign.

“I know first hand the impact this difficult disease can have on someone’s life,” Jackson said. “That’s why I’m encouraging folks to log onto IKnowDiabetes.org and enroll in The Heart of Diabetes program. When they enroll, they will learn more about how I personally manage type 2 diabetes and get some great educational information and tools to help them manage their disease more successfully.”

For the past seven years, The Heart of Diabetes campaign has educated the public about the connection between type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease, the leading cause of death for those with type 2 diabetes.

“People with type 2 diabetes may feel overwhelmed by the many lifestyle changes they need to make in order to effectively manage the disease,” said Dan Jones. “The aim of The Heart of Diabetes program is to offer people easy-to-follow information and advice for how to best work with their healthcare provider to establish a treatment plan and get one step closer to achieving their own individual treatment goals.”

The live webcast takes place on October 14. Visit the Heart of Diabetes website to register.

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