What You Should Know About Preventing Diabetes


It’s a largely preventable disease in the African-American community, but too few of us take the steps necessary to control it.

From the contentious election to natural disasters to the onslaught of violence experienced in our community, most of us are grateful just to have made it through 2016. It seemed we not only needed to say but actually shout: Black Lives Matter. Interestingly enough, though, one of the biggest threats to the livelihood of our people went largely unnoticed, save for a spate of celebrity deaths.

This is the menace known as diabetes.

Several beloved entertainers and public figures fell victim to this disease and its complications, including longtime radio jock Doug Banks, gospel icon Pastor Daryl Coley, hip-hop pioneer Phife Dawg of A Tribe Called Quest and Prince Be of the R&B group P.M. Dawn. Former Yo! MTV Raps star Dr. Dre revealed that he is now blind as a result of diabetes. And those were just the cases that made the news; many of us know important people in our own lives who have also been affected by this scourge.

Diabetes is generally broken down into two forms, the less common type 1 and the more predominant form, type 2. In both cases, it results from either too little insulin being produced or the inability to properly use the insulin that is circulating through the body. The danger with both forms exists when they go undiagnosed, untreated or are poorly controlled and the body’s blood sugars remain at high levels. This can lead to complications such as heart disease, stroke, nerve damage, chronic infections, kidney disease, blindness, amputations and death.

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About the doctors: Dr. Karla and Dr. Rob are the founders of Urban Housecall Health Media Group, a multimedia health and wellness resource, and also hosts of The Urban Housecall Radio Show. For more from the doctors, visit their website, urbanhousecall.com, and follow them on Twitter: @urbanhousecall.