NORMAN — Diabetes costs Oklahoma an estimated $3 billion a year in medical costs and lost productivity. The Centers for Disease Control predicts one in three children born in 2000 will develop diabetes in their lifetime.
That estimate is even higher for Oklahoma, where the incidence is higher than the national average. The University of Oklahoma’s Harold Hamm Diabetes Center will use a $10.8 million National Institutes of Health grant to further study the crippling disease.
Mr. Hamm, a Cleveland County native, was the naming donor for the diabetes center. He also has provided the prize money for a diabetes research award in hopes of encouraging more scientists into the field.
The grant will help another signature program that puts Oklahoma on the medical research map.