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The impact of diabetes

Today, we talk about diabetes – from the prevalence of the disease to prevention and treatment, plus how to face the sugary holidays with diabetes.


Doctor checking blood sugar level with glucometer.


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According to the CDC, more than one in three adults in the U.S. has prediabetes, and 84 percent of these adults don't even know it.

Left untreated, this can develop into type 2 diabetes.

According to the Houston Health Department, Houston has a higher rate of diabetes than the rest of the country – it affects almost 14 percent of our local population, compared to 10 percent nationally.

It's also a factor when it comes to COVID-19. Houston Public Media reports that more than 50 percent of Houstonians who died from COVID had diabetes.

Today, experts are here to take a deep dive into the disease.

What should you know about prevention and treatment?

And what community resources are available to help?


Dr. Stephen Ponder

Dr. Faith Foreman-Hayes

Dr. Sean Hartig

  • Assistant professor of medicine-endocrinology, diabetes & metabolism at Baylor College of Medicine

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