A path to understanding diabetes

Dr. Alana Biggers

“[T]he work that we do as physicians only, accounts for about 10% of somebody's, health, their overall health”

Yumlish welcomes Dr. Alana Biggers an assistant professor of medicine at the University of Illinois-Chicago. Dr. Biggers is passionate about health disparity research and achieving health equity. Dr. Biggers leads a mentored research study to investigate the effects of mindfulness meditation on sleep and stress around Type II diabetes and heart disease risk. Today, Dr. Biggers will discuss how and why; people develop high blood sugars, the different types of diabetes, and if there is a relationship between sleep and type II diabetes.

Dr. Alana Biggers, MD, MPH, FACP an internist and attended the University of Illinois-Chicago (UIC) College of Medicine where she received her medical degree. She is interested in achieving health equity through health outcomes research. Dr. Biggers currently has a National Institute of Health (NIH) grant to study the effects of mindfulness meditation and sleep on type II diabetes mellitus and heart disease risk in communities of color.

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