Diabetes and You


DIABETES AND YOU is a series of television programs designed to provide the viewer with information about the disease diabetes mellitus - commonly referred to as diabetes.  This is a disease in which the body does not produce or properly use a hormone called insulin which helps to convert sugars, starches and other foods into energy in the body. This is an important disease because it is one of the leading causes of heart disease, stroke, blindness, kidney disease, amputation and other serious medical problems.  While estimates of Americans having diabetes range as high as 20%, this condition is often associated with only minimal symptoms in its early stages when treatment and care are most effective in reducing the risk of serious complications, and it is estimated that, because of this, one-third to one-half of the individuals with diabetes are unaware that they have this condition.



Harold F. Leeper, M.D., Ph.D., Board Certified Ophthalmologist, Fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology.  Dr. Leeper has particular interest in the care and treatment of diabetic retinopathy as well as other diseases such as age-related macular degeneration.  Dr. Leeper’s office telephone number is 304/234-2020.


Richard F. Terry, M.D., F.A.C.C., Board Certified Cardiologist, Director of The Heart Failure Clinic of Wheeling, and Director of Cardiac Services for Wheeling Hospital.  Dr. Terry has particular interest in all aspects of adult cardiac disease.  Dr. Terry’s office telephone number is 304/242-4700.


Kenneth J. Allen, M.D., Fellow of the American Board of Family Practice.  Dr. Allen was board certified in family practice and geriatrics and remains actively involved in public education and health care policy through his positions as Physician Director of The Health Plan of the Upper Ohio Valley and Public Health Officer of Marshall County, West Virginia.

We hope that you will gain some useful information about diabetes when you join us for these programs.  In addition, there is a wealth of information available to you on diabetes through numerous professional associations and organizations.  The following is a list of some of those resources: