Winning the match up against diabetes. Chicago Bear Jay Cutler pays a visit to a neighborhood filled with kids at risk for the disease he's lived with for four years. His game plan? Educate and help others beat the tough opponent.
Jay Cutler, Chicago Bears Quarterback: "Getting some testing done? How's it going?"
From the sideline he looks on -- encouraging the students at Perspectives Charter School as they undergo blood sugar testing.
Jay Cutler: "You're good to go!"
Jay Cutler knows this drill. Diagnosed at age 25 with type one diabetes, a hereditary form, he's spent the last four years calling the shots to control his disease, including insulin injections and altered diet.
Jay Cutler: "I've got a good grasp of it, but it's a daily process, it's a daily grind. There are good days and bad days."
Today's a good day.
Jay Cutler: "They've already found one kid at high risk for diabetes. So that makes it all worth it."
With community health care organizations rallying around them, the students answered medical history questions and underwent weight and height measurements -- possible indicators of type two diabetes, linked to excess weight and poor diet.
Dr. Tobias Barker, VP of Medical Operations MinuteClinic: "They come up, they're screened for body mass index. If they are at a dangerous level they get their finger stuck for glucose."
Kids at high risk will receive counseling. Those diagnosed will be cared for at the University of Illinois Hospital.
Jay Cutler: "You guys getting tested? You nervous?"
Dr. Barker: "Being African American is one risk factor and being obese is another. If you're above the 85th percentile in your BMI, you're at risk for diabetes. So far over 80% of the kids we've seen have been in that category, over 85th percentile."
The stats for these kids are alarming. That's why Cutler is here.
Jay Cutler: "I think education is the most powerful tool. If we can educate these kids about what to eat, what not to eat. You have to exercise. Diabetes is something I don't wish upon anyone, but if you do get it, it doesn't have to hold you back at all."
Cutler visits kids at risk for diabetes
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