Seeing a Physician Is Key


"You read so much about people not taking care of themselves, particularly black males" (1:23)
People with diabetes who don't have insurance should seek help through charities or other sources, says Robert, 64.

Robert, 64, has been called something of a hypochondriac by his physician and his wife, because he sees his doctor so frequently. “I believe in preventive medicine,” he says. During one routine visit in 2001, he was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. “It was just a shock,” he says. Since then he has continued to see his doctor and other specialists religiously. He has good health insurance, but notes that if he didnt, he might look to public clinics or other institutions for health care. “You do what your physician tells you,” he says, including taking medication, watching your diet, and exercising. “If you do those three things I think you can manage it without any problem whatsoever,” he says. He knows that African Americans are at greater risk for type 2 diabetes (non-Hispanic blacks are about 1.8 times as likely to develop diabetes as non-Hispanic whites). Among his buddies, Robert estimates that probably half have diabetes. However, “its not isolated in the black community or other minorities. I mean, its everywhere. Its male and female,” he says.

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