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Diabetes 101

Posted Wednesday, July 14, 2010

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Diabetes nearly doubled in the last decade. It's still rising in Northeast Ohio and across America; an estimated 15% of the population will have it by 2015. Diabetes can lead to multiple serious complications, even death, and is one reason Cleveland has one of the highest amputee rates in the country. And yet it's one of the the most preventable of chronic killers. Wednesday on the Sound of Ideas, we re-air this important conversation with local experts and patients about causes, prevention and treatment. It's Diabetes 101 at 9 on 90.3

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Dr. Betul Hatipoglu, Endocrinologist, Cleveland Clinic Foundation
Tammy Randall, Director of Education, Diabetes Association of Greater Cleveland
Deborah Morris, Type 2 Diabetic

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Lisa 8:22 AM 7/14/10

I am a type 2 on insulin (humalog, lantus, and symlin pen) and had the hardest time losing weight. The insulin which saves my life, makes me so hungry. I work out 4x a week, and yet I lose no weight!

Frank- from cleveland 8:27 AM 7/14/10

I am 37 years old and my father was recently diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. What are steps I can take to make sure that I don’t become diabetic myself?

Sal 8:33 AM 7/14/10

Please ask your guests if all sugars (i.e. corn sugar or processed white sugar versus brown sugar, fruit sugars etc.) produce diabetes. In other words, if I eat fruits, dates, prunes etc. will that lead to diabetes?

Valerie Grant 8:45 AM 7/14/10

Thank you! Thank you!  This show gave such great info, and even answered questions that I’ve asked health professionals and not been given real answers, like what blood sugar readings are the normal range.  What a simple question and yet it’s been dodged when I asked.  This show is literally a life saver!!!

Deanna 8:47 AM 7/14/10

I applaud your discussion this morning and wanted to call to your listeners’ attention a FREE event taking place this Sat. (July 17) for families who are affected by diabetes:

It is called Camp Endeavor in Ravenna (just east of Kent/Akron in Portage County, Ohio).
It’s a one-day event with fabulous break-out sessions for children and adults, plus loads of
entertainment for the entire family. For more info or to register, go to
http://www.portagecampendeavor.org/.

Tammy Randall, MS, RD, CDE 3:30 PM 7/14/10

Thanks so much for the wonderful feedback on today’s topic.  I was the diabetes educator on the show and wanted to respond to some of the posts.

Frank asked what he could do to prevent developing diabetes since it runs in his family.  The most effective way to prevent or at very least delay the onset of diabetes is to maintain a healthy weight and get regular physical activity.  Research has shown that not only does activity help with weight loss or maintenance, but it helps decrease insulin resistance – the first sign of type 2 diabetes. As far as weight goes, if you’re at a healthy weight – keep doing what you’re doing.  If you need to lose weight, losing as little as 5 to 10% of your body weight will greatly reduce your risk of type 2 diabetes.  That’s only 10 to 20 pounds for a 200 pound person!

Sal asked if sugar causes diabetes.  The answer is no.  Eating sugar does not cause diabetes.  Diabetes is caused by a combination of genetics and lifestyle choices, including being overweight and physically inactive.  If your body is working properly, it can handle food that you feed it – even if that includes sugar.

If you have any additional questions for a diabetes educator, please feel free to contact the Diabetes Association of Greater Cleveland at 216-591-0800 or www.dagc.org.

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