Sinclair Cares: Diabetes awareness
BALTIMORE (WBFF) -- November is Diabetes Awareness month.
Diabetes affects some 29 million people in the United States. Working in partnership with our parent company, Sinclair Broadcast Group, we want to keep you informed about important health matters. We believe it’s our responsibility and privilege.
In this “Sinclair Cares” report, we explain how managing diabetes can mean the difference between life and death.
Sam Benson, 56, is one of the 29 million people in the U.S. with diabetes. Like 90% of the people who have diabetes, Sam has Type 2, a chronic condition that affects the way insulin is able to process blood sugar.
Though some with Type 2 diabetes can control their blood sugar levels with healthy eating and being active, many require medication to keep it in check.
Sam admits, he didn't know how to take care of himself for years and that took a toll --- a heart attack, nerve damage and excruciating pain.
But Sam is determined to better manage his disease. He knows what the consequences can be.
“I know people that had amputation,” Sam says. “A guy I went to school with went blind and he died. I'm not ready for that.”
Sam is getting help from his local hospital, and community health worker, Verna Hines, who works to educate patients on managing their disease.
Risk factors for Type 2 diabetes include;
- Being overweight
- Being over 45
- Being physically inactive
African Americans and Hispanics, are particularly at high risk.
Sam has now found the strength to rehab an old rowhome just like he’s rehabbing his health --- one step at a time.