Type 1 diabetes is a brutal disease for people of any age or race. Yet research shows that children of color fare far worse than whites, suffering serious complications such as vision loss, kidney failure, severe circulatory problems, and other consequences of blood sugar gone awry.
Menda Stewart had studied symptoms like her daughter had in nursing school. So she took McKenzie to the pediatrician’s office and asked that she be tested for type 1 diabetes. “She doesn’t need that,” the nurse said confidently.
Nonurgent medical procedures have been delayed — and with good reason. But for patients needing treatment for serious medical conditions, such as cancer, scheduling uncertainty adds to their medical anxiety.