Explore important health issues in Kentucky from a fresh perspective by watching KET's Health Three60 series. The hour-long programs, hosted by Renee Shaw, present three sides of an issue in 60 minutes through a mix of studio and documentary segments.
The New Face of Diabetes
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In the nation's Diabetes Belt—which includes Kentucky, parts of Appalachia and the Deep South—many counties have diabetes rates of 11 percent or even higher. As much as 25 percent of Kentucky's Medicaid budget goes towards treating the complications of type 2 diabetes. Health Three60's 'The New Face of Diabetes' explains the difference between type 1 and type 2 diabetes, the function of the pancreas and insulin, and the role that diet and exercise play to help control diabetes complications and even prevent the onset of diabetes. | Upcoming Airdates
Our Three Segments
- Thinking Like a Pancreas Watch this segment
Meet two people living with diabetes and see how they manage their disease to live full and healthy lives. Robert Montgomery, a student at Male High School in Jefferson County with type 1 diabetes, was initially devastated by the diagnosis but over time learned to create a new normal. John Elliott of Waco tells the story of how he got control of his type 2 diabetes with help from the Diabetes Center of Excellence in Richmond—one of six in the state.
- It Doesn't Have to Be Watch this segment
Type 2 diabetes accounts for approximately 96 percent of the cases of diabetes and is considered preventable. People are considered prediabetic if their blood sugar levels are higher than normal but not high enough for a diagnosis of diabetes. Research proves that people who are prediabetic can prevent the onset of type 2 diabetes by losing 7 percent of their body weight and exercising 150 minutes a week. We visit the YMCA in Louisville, where classes help those considered prediabetic learn to make these important behavioral changes.
- Beyond Doctor and Patient: To stem the tide of the diabetes epidemic, every segment of society has a role to play—researchers, insurance companies, worksites, community groups, schools, and government agencies. State experts will point out specific ways we can all help resolve this growing problem.
Our Program Guests
- Dr. Raymond Reynolds, professor of internal medicine, endocrinology fellowship program director, and director of the Barnstable Brown Diabetes and Obesity Center at the University of Kentucky
- Theresa Renn, coordinator of the Kentucky Diabetes Prevention and Control Program
- Tami Ross, registered dietitian, certified diabetes educator, and a nationally recognized speaker and health and nutrition writer
- Stewart Perry, a Lexington businessman who has been living with Type 2 diabetes for over 20 years and is a policy advocate on the state and national level
Health Three60 is a KET production, funded in part
by the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky.