Dispelling Diabetes Myths – UCR Student’s Weigh In

Dispelling Diabetes Myths – UCR Student’s Weigh In

Congratulations to University of California Riverside (UCR) pre-med students Taylor Arburtha-Clayton, a 3rd-year Biochemistry major and Statistics minor, and Oyindamola Oyinlola, a 4th-year Psychology major. The students are recipients of the 2018 Elma Vines Summer Health Academy Awards sponsored by the J.W. Vines Medical Society, a component of the National Medical Association. 

The capstone of these rising students four-week summer internship held in July, was a survey of 214 Inland Empire residents on their knowledge of Type 2 diabetes, a form of the disease that affects African Americans disproportionately. 

November 1, 2018, in honor of National Diabetes Month, Taylor Arburtha-Clayton and Oyindamola Oyinlola will be featured in this space, as guest columnists with a series of 3 articles on Type 2 diabetes: “Are You at Risk?”, “Getting Tested and Diagnosed”; and finally, “Prevention, Management, and Treatment” which covers how to live, manage, and identify resources in the Inland Community. 

Do your part by supporting real health reform and advocacy. Effective sustainability of the Affordable Care Act is essential to ensure people with and at risk for diabetes have access to affordable, quality health insurance. Almost 1 out of every 5 African Americans lacks health insurance, so this community has much to gain from expanded coverage options. The American Diabetes Association’s efforts include supporting the expanded insurance marketplaces, culturally and linguistically appropriate services, eliminating discrimination due to pre-existing conditions, and covering more people under Medicaid.

America’s diabetes crisis is everybody’s problem. Maintaining good health doesn’t happen by accident. It requires work, smart lifestyle choices, and becoming your own health advocate. 

For more information on national diabetes education, visit the American Diabetes Association at http://www.diabetes.org. 

Please share your comments on the series at ernestlevistermd@gmail.com

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