diabetes

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Airs Thursday, May 5, at 6 p.m. Type-2 diabetes is taking on epidemic proportions around the world, and South Asia is at its epicentre – a visit to Sri Lanka shows a country where one in ten adults have the disease. Then we head to the Pacific Kingdom of Tonga, home to some of the most obese people on the planet. With around 90% of Tongans overweight or obese, and with rates of diabetes in adults approaching 40%, these isolated paradise islands are the unlikely setting for an acute health crisis.

Aired Thursday, April 24 at 6 p.m. On this Health Matters we were joined by Endocrinologist Dr. Laura Kimball Rivari to discuss diabetes and Dietician Alisha Smith who addressed how diabetes is affected by the food we eat. We also took your questions during the show at 1-800-552-8502 and on twitter @rrrpublicradio.

A new health study finds that only 1 in 20 people in the Southern states admit they are in poor health. The study, funded by Mobile, Ala.-based TeleVox Software, says respondents wanted more physician coaching and collaboration between doctor's visits.

Kermit Poling discusses Diabetes and Vision-Related Issues Associated with Diabetes with Dr. Thomas Worgul, and Internal Medicine Physician, Endocrinologist, Diabetologist and Ophthalmologists Dr. Christopher Shelby.