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PNS Daily Newscast - August 12, 2020 

Former VP Joe Biden picks Sen. Kamala Harris as his running mate; some schools have science-based metrics for open classroom instruction.

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Diabetes SD's "Silent Disease" No More?

November 24, 2010

RAPID CITY, S.D. - When detected early, diabetes can be easily treated. Left unchecked, however, it can be debilitating - or even a killer. A new report from United Health forecasts that at the current rate of increase, diabetes could cost Americans $3.4 trillion dollars in additional medical costs by 2020.

Tanja Cutting, a diabetes education specialist at the Community Health Center of the Black Hills, says many people can have diabetes and not know it.

"Fifty percent of people who are diagnosed don't even know they are diabetic, because they don't have symptoms. Diabetes is one of those things that if you don't take care of yourself and if your blood sugars are high, you run the risk of long-term complications: eye disease, kidney disease, heart disease and neuropathy or nerve damage. But you can avoid all that if you stay on top of your blood sugars, meet with your doctor regularly, and make sure you are doing well and staying in control."

Diagnosis of diabetes is done through a simple blood test, Cutting explains. She says some people with diabetes can control it with diet alone.

"Usually the longer you have it, we have to start adding medications, but I do have patients who are successful without meds, particularly if they are committed and are consistent with their eating and their exercise."

The United Health study predicts that the number of Americans with high blood sugar or a pre-diabetic condition will rise 44 percent by 2020.

Jerry Oster, Public News Service - SD