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Radio Smart Talk: Diabetes

Written by Scott LaMar, Smart Talk Host/Executive Producer | Nov 13, 2012 4:09 PM

Radio Smart Talk for Wednesday, November 14:

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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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  • Radio Smart Talk img 2012-11-14 09:17

    Email From Dayna:

    I was really disturbed by the promo for this morning's Radio SmartTalk. I feel that you're doing your listeners a disservice by spreading false information. Type I diabetes has no correlation with fatness, contrary to what you said in your promo. For that matter, Type II is only ASSOCIATED with, not caused by, fatness. Additionally, Type II diabetes cannot be prevented in most cases, because the greatest risk factor is heredity. Don't conflate correlation with causation.

    Thanks to advance in medicine, diabetes is highly treatable. A review of the history of diabetes treatment was recently posted at There are also patterns of eating promoted by the Weston A. Price Foundation that help to slow down the absorption of sugar into the blood. High fat, high protein diets are actually good things.

    Please don't continue to perpetuate the "fatness is the root of all evil" myth that so many mainstream media outlets do! If you're ever interested in a discussion on why fat people are not the scourge of the earth, I'd be happy to provide you with resources.

    • Scott LaMar img 2012-11-14 10:38

      Dayna: You're absolutely right. I too fell into the trap of hearing how the obesity epidemic will lead to so many more cases of diabetes, without realizing it could lead to many more Type II diabetes cases. I hope that out listeners learned the difference, like I did. Thanks for your comment.

      Scott LaMar

  • Radio Smart Talk img 2012-11-14 09:26

    Email From Bill:

    Can the doctor comment on hypoglycemia in non diabetics?

    My wife was diagnosed with this many years ago after the birth of our daughter.

  • Lynda img 2012-11-14 09:47

    Please mention the blog site The blog is maintained by a 30 year old woman, who was diagnosed as a child with Type 1 diabetes. The blog has received national attention for its content and excellent writing.

  • Radio Smart Talk img 2012-11-14 09:53

    Email From Scott:

    I was recently placed on a diabetic /carb controlled diet to help control my blood sugar due to an elevated a1c and impaired fasting blood sugar. Regretfully, I also have celiac disease and must follow a gluten-free diet.

    Can you speak to what someone on a medically necessary diet or with food allergies can do to learn how to eat well while excluding certain foods?

  • Radio Smart Talk img 2012-11-14 09:54

    Email from Beth

    ...I am 56 years old.

    I have been a type I diabetic since I was 7 years old. I am not over weight, and there are no other diabetics in my family.

    I was diagnosed with breast cancer 4 years ago. There is no history of any other cancer in my family .

    After chemotherapy, I developed asthma and an allergy to wheat (this is defiantly an allergy, not celiac disease).

    These things are all auto immune issues, has anyone done any research on auto immune diseases and diabetes?

  • snailermailer img 2012-11-14 09:56

    A strong, healthy friend enlisted in the army at 18 and received his first round of immunizations- by the end of training he received medical discharge after becoming extremely sick with diabetes. He had no health issues before his vaccinations and was in extremely good shape. Can you address any relation between that rare bad batch of vaccines and diabetes?