Medical Professionals and Young Poets are working together to bring attention to diabetes in young adults

By Jake Areman (Editor) and Christian Pierce (Producer)

Physician and University of California San Francisco School of Medicine talks diabetes epidemic and poetry

Without knowing the effects and background of diabetes, one wouldn't assume it is such a drastic epidemic in the 21st century. According to Schillinger, " Diabetes is what tobacco was to the 20th century." Diabetes is a disease that affects more than "382 million people worldwide" and is projected to rise to almost "600 million by 2035." Many people of course think diabetes comes from a result of lack of exercise but it primarily comes from a bad diet. Dean Schillinger founded Youth Speaks in1996, "Youth Speaks has long championed a local, national, and increasingly global movement of young people picking up pens and stepping proudly onto stages, declaring themselves present."

Young Minority students who come from low income families are at more risk of being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes

According to Schillinger, " Minority students who come from low income families have a 30 to 40 percent chance of getting type 2 diabetes." This is a startling statistic that needs to be recognized and minority students need to be warned of. The article also states that "About 50 percent of Latinos born after 2000 could receive a diagnosis" and " More than 50 percent of blacks born after 2000 are expected to have the disease." These tragic statistics will make the average citizen cringe let alone the minorities of America. Unfortunately, Diabetes is not yet curable, only treatable. Hopefully Youth Speaks will expand and create a wider margin of awareness for the Diabetes community. 

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