Diabetes Crisis Grips Southern California

Sarah Cooke listened as her aging diabetic patients vented about trying to cope with the pernicious disease.

“Guilt and denial, that’s pretty much it,” said a woman with short gray hair.

“Confused,” said another woman wearing wire-rimmed glasses. “I don’t know what I can eat and what I can’t.”

Cooke, a clinical dietitian at Loma Linda University Health Care, leads a weekly class as part of an effort to combat the diabetes crisis in Southern California, with elderly residents particularly vulnerable. Cooke recently discovered that about 70 percent of all patients who enter Loma Linda University Medical Center are diabetic.

Read the full story at Los Angeles Daily News.