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Transcripts: 566.4 & 566.5

Week: 566.4 Guest: Belinda Childs, RN, president for Health Care and Education, American Diabetes Assoc. Topic: Signs of Diabetes (part one of two) Producer/Host: Steve Girard

NEMA: Know the signs of diabetes...coming up...

SPOT: NEMA...the National Emergency Medicine Association... fights our worst health enemies - heart disease, stroke, trauma. Call 800-332-6362.

NEMA: 16 million Americans have diabetes...and about half don't know they have it. Belinda Childs, president for health care and education with the American Diabetes Association, tells us what to look for....

CHILDS: Fatigue, blurred vision, unexplained weight loss, slow healing wounds, pain and burning in the hands and feet. For women: frequent vaginal infections, increased thirst, increased urination, sometimes increased appetite. The difficulty with diabetes is the symptoms are vague, and they're slow onset...and that's why we know that most people with type 2 diabetes have had it 7 to 10 years prior to their diagnosis.

NEMA: People who are at risk should have an annual evaluation for type 2 diabetes...

CHILDS: And those folks who are at risk...which is kind of the other checklist: family history of diabetes, being overweight, being underactive... people who are African American, Hispanic, Native American...have a significantly higher incidence of diabetes.

NEMA: Diabetes can be prevented...next time....I'm Steve Girard at the Heart of the Matter.


Week: 566.5 Guest: Belinda Childs, RN, president for Health Care and Education, American Diabetes Assoc. Topic: Prevention of Diabetes type 2 (part two of two) Producer/Host: Steve Girard

NEMA: You can prevent diabetes...coming up

SPOT: 15 years in the prevention of heart disease, stroke and trauma. The National Emergency Medicine Association. Call 800-332-6362.

NEMA: Diabetes causes great complication for many older adults...but it doesn't have to be that way...Belinda Childs, president for health care and education for the American Diabetes Association says we can prevent the onset of diabetes by living better when we're young...

CHILDS: Lifestyle changes, including meal planning, normalizing your weight and exercise, can prevent much of the type 2 diabetes today. When we talk about finding a prevention and cure for diabetes... we know today that if people maintained their weight and exercised, much of the Type 2 diabetes wouldn't be there.

NEMA: Diabetes afflicts 16 million Americans, but half don't know they have it...yet...If you have family history of diabetes, get screened annually... the disease is projected, at current rates, to nearly double its victims in the next 20 years. And most of us need only eat sensibly and exercise to avoid it. Think about it. I'm Steve Girard at The Heart of the Matter.


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