High-Risk: Diabetes in the time of Coronavirus

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According to the American Diabetes association, more than 34 million Americans have diabetes. That's 1 out of every 10 people. The CDC says, all of those people are “at higher risk for severe illness” from coronavirus because of this chronic illness. In this episode, we speak with Gretchen Piatt, an associate professor and the Associate Chair for Education within the Department of Learning Health Sciences at the University of Michigan Medical School as well as an associate professor of Health Behavior and Health Education in the School of Public Health. As a chronic disease epidemiologist, she specializes in health care issues around diabetes. Piatt explains why diabetics have been labeled a high-risk group during the COVID-19 pandemic, talks about their unique risks, and shares what we can do to keep this large population of Americans safe through this emergency. 

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In This Episode

Gretchen Piatt

Gretchen Piatt

Associate Professor of Health Behavior and Health Education at the University of Michigan School of Public Health

Associate Professor and the Associate Chair for Education, Department of Learning Health Sciences at the University of Michigan Medical School


Dr. Piatt’s ongoing research focus includes working to further understand the behavioral and psychological aspects of diabetes prevention and management and to improve health systems and health care delivery for people with and at risk for diabetes. She has led and contributed to numerous diabetes research studies and publications, presents on her research nationally and internationally, and serves on local state, national, and international diabetes committees. 

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