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Family Culture Plays An Important Role In Managing Type 2 Diabetes

Type 2 Diabetes often runs in families and the reasoning is not merely genetic.

Type 2 Diabetes is a dangerous and common disease. According to the Centers for Disease Control 9.4% of the US population had Type 2 Diabetes in 2015. Native people and Black Americans are at particularly high risk. Genetics play a role, but family culture is an important factor in the development and management of the disease

On this edition of Talk of Iowa, host Charity Nebbe talks with Iowa State University's Associate Professor of Human Development and Family Studies Tera Jordan about her study on African American families and how they deal with Type 2 Diabetes.

Nebbe also talks with Marcus Butts, a Type 2 diabetes patient based in Des Moines and one of the study's participants. They discuss his experience with diabetes management and how the disease has affected his family. 

Charity Nebbe is the host of IPR's Talk of Iowa
Rick Brewer was a producer for IPR's Talk of Iowa and River to River