diabetes

ECU Study Focuses on Diabetes in Black Community

Apr 24, 2017
East Carolina University/Hi-Pace Study Exercise

Eastern North Carolina has one of the highest concentrations of black communities in the state. Bertie, Hertford, Northampton, Edgecome, and Halifax make up the top five highest African-American populations with Washington and Martin County rounding out the top 10.

African-Americans are also nearly twice as likely to have diabetes than their white counterparts - a disease that is closely linked to obesity, which is also prevalent in the black community.

After being vacant for two years, the iconic Turnage Theater will soon open its doors again for theater performances and live musical entertainment.  This week on the Down East Journal, we talk to the executive director of the Beaufort County Arts Council about the non-profits plans for the century old venue for the arts.  And, we explore how new telecommunication technology is helping diabetes patients living in rural areas connect with specialist at East Carolina University. 

Diabetes is a growing concern for North Carolinians, especially for people who live in the eastern part of the State where studies have shown diabetes cases are rampant.  East Carolina University’s Brody School of Medicine is looking to curb the obesity rate by offering people who live in rural areas access to health care specialists using new telemedicine methods. Today, Public Radio East’s Mac McKee talks to the Professor of Family Medicine and Public Health Dr. Doyle Cummings about how the video conferencing technology works, and how it will be implemented in eastern North Carolina.