Living with diabetes: An interview with Dr. Richard A. Jackson

Posted June 18th, 2013 by

For many, living with diabetes can be an overwhelming experience that comes with serious health concerns including heart attack, stroke, kidney complications and eye problems. However, Dr. Richard Jackson thinks there is another reason diabetes patients may feel overwhelmed… the medical establishment. “A typical diabetes education program series might tell you 150 things, but that might be 148 things too many.”

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Dr. Jackson is Director of Medical Affairs, Healthcare Services, a Senior Physician and the former Director of the Hood Center for the Prevention of Childhood Diabetes at The Joslin Diabetes Center. He is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. He has been studying diabetes for over 30 years, led the first National Institutes of Health clinical trial to study diabetes prevention, and works to find the most effective ways to get the best information out to the patients themselves.[1] National Diabetes Alert Day was not too long ago, and Dr. Jackson took some time to share his thoughts. Here’s just a snapshot of some of the questions he answered. Click below to hear the entire interview.

      1. Why are more people developing diabetes?
      2. What can I do to help someone I know with diabetes?
      3. Why is diabetes so overwhelming and what can be done about that?

 

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[1] http://www.joslin.org/diabetes-research/richard_a_jackson.html


2 Comments

  1. Would like to find a kind and caring doctor at Joslin Diabetes Center. My doctor of 15 years is no longer there, Very unhappy with present doctor.

  2. I was just watching this on television this week.
    They talked about the same things you wrote about.

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