Capital Public Radio

5:01pm

Mon January 16, 2012
Health, Science, Environment

"Dealing with Diabetes" in California

Eddie Mendez now has a prosthetic leg after an amputation that was caused by a severe burn he was unable to feel due to diabetes-induced neuropathy.
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Diabetes is the seventh leading cause of death in the United States. Close to 19 million Americans are diagnosed with the disease, and of those diagnosed, 5 million are African American.

Native Americans are also being devastated by diabetes, but communities are taking steps to fight the disease in ways unique to their cultural traditions. Many realize their health is directly tied to the choices they make in life. Like at the grocery store, where the choice between broccoli and biscuits can ultimately mean the difference between life and death.

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