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In partnership with WFYI Side Effects News, Indianapolis Recorder editor Oseye Boyd will moderate the discussion, “Diabetes: A Crisis in Plain Sight,” with local health care experts about diabetes and its impact on the Black community at 7 p.m. Dec. 9 via Facebook Live.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates 50% of African Americans and Latinos born in 2000 will eventually be diagnosed with diabetes, a metabolic disease that causes elevated glucose, or blood sugar, levels.

“Diabetes: A Crisis in Plain Sight”
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When: 7 p.m. Dec. 9
Where: Facebook.com/IndyRecorder

Panelists include Dr. Varon Cantrell, a primary care provider specializing in internal medicine and pediatrics at HealthNet West Health Center; Dr. Zeb Saeed, an endocrinologist at IU Health; and Shakata Norwood, a community health worker at Eskenazi Health Center Forest Manor.

Currently, the American Diabetes Association estimates 738,000 Hoosiers have diabetes, with African Americans not only more likely to develop the disease, but more likely to face complications such as amputations, blindness and kidney failure. Throughout the panel discussion, panelists will share what local organizations are doing to help Hoosiers manage the disease.

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