Health care: The Chronic Epidemic of Diabetes

To raise awareness about one of the nation’s biggest, costliest, and fastest-growing health problems, Hopkinton Community Television, the Massachusetts Medical Society, and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, have collaborated to produce "Diabetes: Chronic Epidemic", a special presentation of HCAM-TV/Mass. Medical Society’s monthly show Physician Focus.

Diabetes has reached epidemic proportions in the U.S., with nearly 24 million adults and children having the condition. And its incidence keeps rising: each year, 1.6 million new cases are diagnosed in those 20 years and older. By one estimate, the number of cases will double in the next 25years. The disease is the leading cause of blindness and kidney disease in the U.S. and a major cause of amputations, stroke, and heart disease.

The one-hour program takes an in-depth look at a condition that has become a major public health crisis as much as a personal medical condition. Designed as a basic primer on the disease, "Diabetes: Chronic Epidemic" features physicians, public health officials, and diabetes educators discussing the types of the disease, its prevalence and impact, and how to live with and treat the disease -- and how to avoid it. The show also includes two public service spots and a list of resources for more information.

View "Diabetes: Chronic Epidemic" here