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Radio Smart Talk for Wednesday, November 14:
November is Diabetes Awareness Month -- a good time to learn more about a disease that afflicts millions of people.
There are two kinds of diabetes -- Type I and Type II. Type I is generally considered the most serious of the two.
Normally, food is broken down into sugar. The bloodstream carries the sugar throughout the body. Blood sugars rise and the pancreas releases the hormone insulin to burn the sugar for energy. In a person with Type I diabetes, the pancreas does not produce insulin. The pancreas doesn't put out enough insulin in someone who suffers with Type II diabetes.
Diabetes can result in serious health problems with the heart, eyes, kidneys and nerves.
About three million Americans have Type I diabetes. Most are adults but more children are being diagnosed as well.
Wednesday's program will zero in on diabetes. Our guests include:
Dr. Renu Joshi, Chief of Endocrinology at PinnacleHealth; Dan Hayward, chair of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Central Pennsylvania Chapter; and Stephanie Libhart, whose five-year-old daughter Leah was diagnosed with diabetes, when she was three.
Listen to the program:
Dan Hayward, chair of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Central Pennsylvania Chapter; and Stephanie Libhart, whose daughter was diagnosed with diabetes.
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