Sisters Fight Diabetes On Navajo Indian Reservation

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NPR's "Day to Day"on Wednesday profiled sisters Leda Scott -- a diabetes community healthnurse in Winslow, Ariz. -- and Laura Cleland, who are "waging a battleagainst diabetes" on the Navajo Nation, the largest American Indianreservation in the U.S.


Almost one-fourth of American Indianadults have diabetes, a rate nearly three times that of other U.S.adults. American Indians also have one of the highest rates ofdiabetes-related amputations in the world, according to NPR.

Scottrecently launched a wellness and exercise center on the reservation,while Cleland runs a company that distributes therapeutic shoes topeople with diabetes on the reservation.

Frank Armao, clinical director at the Winslow Indian Health Care Center,said a "confluence of a lot of unfortunate circumstances" contributesto the high diabetes rate among American Indians, including obesity,poverty and low physical activity (Kraker, "Day to Day," NPR, 10/10).

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