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Here's What Could Be Done To Prevent Illnesses Like Diabetes

Daniel Zingale of Healthy California talks about what the state is and isn't doing to preempt the huge costs associated with illnesses such as diabetes.

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"Sodas are something that we're, the more we learn, the more we realize that it's sort of like tobacco in terms of a product in our society that's costing us a fortune in terms of health, life, diabetes, amputations."

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You know, if we emphasize prevention more, that, prevention is much lower cost than expensive treatments on the other end of the healthcare continuum so, for example, just having some very cheap, early interventions, on people who are showing signs of being at risk for diabetes, there are a lot of things we're not doing, that Medi-Cal is not doing that the healthcare delivery system in general is not doing, to prevent people from advancing to full-on diabetes, once they do, the cost of dialysis for example is hugely expensive, and then we feel of course we don't have any choice but to pay for that, but we actually are making the choice to not invest in the preventive things, those things, some of them are within the healthcare delivery system itself, to screenings and making sure we provide that kind of prevention but again a lot of those factors that will determine whether we get a handle on this epidemic of diabetes are things we don't think of as traditional health or not directly on the healthcare delivery system, like soda, you know? Sodas are something that we're, the more we learn, the more we realize, that it's sort of like tobacco, in terms of a product in our society that's costing us a fortune in terms of health, life, diabetes, amputations, but we're not really doing anything to try to get the word out about that to try to curtail some of the advertising of sodas. - I think, I fear our listeners may have just dropped their big gulp. - I hope. I hope they can get their kids to drop it at least. Because the health hazard for children is just alarming the more we learn about the science. - Well you know you're really talking about this age old adage of an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. - Exactly, yeah.