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Elizabeth Allen / University Health System

You've probably heard about the large numbers of people in South Texas who suffer from diabetes. But what does it mean if you are diagnosed as pre-diabetes?

TPR's Bioscience Medicine reporter Wendy Rigby interviewed Curtis Triplitt, Pharm.D., a researcher at the Texas Diabetes Institute on San Antonio's West Side. This is a transcript of that interview:

San Antonio Metropolitan Health District

Where you live in San Antonio has a bearing on how long you live.  Changing that kind of health inequity will take years.  It's a challenge the community is taking on.

Access to insurance has made headlines recently, but what determines people’s health is much more complex, including many of the circumstances of daily life.

Wendy Rigby / Texas Public Radio

You've probably heard the phrase "it takes a village" to get things done. That may be true of treatment for high blood pressure, also called hypertension. It affects one in three adults. San Antonio’s University Health System is using the village approach to manage patients with this life-threatening chronic condition.

Aaron Yates

A Hill Country hospital has been named one of the top 20 rural community hospitals in the nation.

Peterson Regional Medical Center in Kerrville earned the designation from the National Rural Health Association.

Hospitals are evaluated in areas including quality, outcomes and cost.

Wendy Rigby / Texas Public Radio

Fighting obesity may have something to do with the size of your dinner plate. San Antonio’s Metropolitan Health District launched a new campaign today targeting weight problems and diabetes.

The facts are sobering. Two-thirds of San Antonians are overweight or obese. One is seven has been told by a doctor they are diabetic.