"Walk the Rock" to help fight diabetes is Saturday, Oct. 20. Participants are meeting at the Red Rock casino parking lot and bus over to the park. More>>
Hiking is great exercise, and it's made even better when your hike is for a cause. The upcoming Walk The Rock event at Red Rock Canyon will raise funds for the American Diabetes Association.
The Eye on Health team spoke with a local doctor who has a personal reason for joining the fight against diabetes.
Las Vegas pediatrician, Pam Greenspon is herself of a mother of two. She believes there's at least a chance that by the time her own children grow up, science will have found a way to stamp out diabetes.
Dr. Greenspon said, "I think there's the potential, ultimately for a cure. I don't know how close it is. But I hope it's soon."
Twelve years ago, Pam Greenspon was a healthy 27-year-old finishing medical school. It was at that time she began experiencing classic symptoms of Type 1 diabetes, including a constant thirst. She was shocked when the diagnosis was confirmed.
"And I think, like anyone getting a diagnosis, I had to learn a lot. And I was frankly scared because the people I had seen with diabetes were having a lot of complications," Dr. Greenspon explained.
But the doctor also met people who took control of their diabetes leading perfectly normal and otherwise healthy lives.
This was the path she chose for herself. Although, it's never been a case of out-of-sight and out-of-mind.
She said, "I have to be aware of it all the time. And I think with good care, I can keep doing all the things I want to do. But I can't forget about it."
Through Dr. Greenspon's work with Desert Pediatrics, she's able to encourage young families to take care of themselves now to avoid diabetes later.
The diabetes event at Red Rock Canyon is Saturday, October 20. Participants are meeting at the Red Rock casino parking lot and bus over to the park.
KLAS-TV is now pleased to offer a diabetes kit. It's full of pamphlets and useful information about diabetes provided by our "Dealing With Diabetes" partners. To get a free kit, all you have to do is call 765-8211.
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