Authors of The Great Diabetes Epidemic will talk on KET about its causes, myths, complications, treatment and prevention

Kentucky Health News

The message that the authors of The Great Diabetes Epidemic: A Manifesto for Control and Prevention want readers to take from their book is that “diabetes is a serious, but preventable disease, if proper early interventions are implemented through a community-based, public health approach,” KET says in a press release.

Authors Dr. Gilbert Friedell and J. Isaac Joyner will discuss this message with host Renee Shaw, and look at the root causes of the high number of diabetes cases in the U.S. and what needs to be done about it, on “Connections with Renee Shaw” on KET2 Friday, March 27 at 5 p.m. ET and on KET Sunday, March 29 at 1:30 p.m. ET.

Other topics discussed include common misconceptions and barriers to treatment, belief systems around diabetes that aren’t based on fact, and the significant health ramifications of the disease, including complications such as blindness, amputations and renal failure.

“In Kentucky alone, for example, there are 72,000 diabetes-related cases of blindness and visual impairment diagnosed each year – roughly 200 per day,” KET notes.

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