More than 8 percent of the U.S. population lives with diabetes. On “In Focus” with Steve Highsmith for Saturday, May 25, 2013, Steve updates what we should know about the illness and highlights the 2013 Tour de Cure bike ride, benefiting the American Diabetes Association. Steve’s guests are Dr. Kathya Zinszer, a podiatrist and member of the Board of Directors of the American Diabetes Association of Southeast Pennsylvania, and Geoff Kase, a father whose son has Type 1 diabetes. Mr. Kase is also a leading fundraiser in the annual Tour de Cure bike ride. Dr. Zinszer explains why she is so passionate about raising awareness about diabetes. She explains that 79 million Americans are pre-diabetic. She discusses who should get screened for diabetes, what the risk factors are for increasing the likelihood of developing diabetes and what can be done about managing the disease. Dr. Zinszer discusses the differences between Type 1 and Type 2. She and Geoff Kase talk about their involvement in the Tour de Cure and how anyone can get involved by supporting and even riding in the annual event, which takes place June 1st starting at the Temple University Ambler campus. Geoff discusses how is 9-year-old son is doing with Type 1 diabetes and the challenges of maintaining the right balance of insulin and sugar. “In Focus” is a 30 minute public affairs program addressing the needs and issues important to the Philadelphia region. “In Focus” is broadcast from 6:30 a.m. to 7:00 a.m. on PHL17. Each program is also posted on phl17.com.
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