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Diabetes poses a challenge during medical mission to Dominican Republic

Diabetes poses a challenge during medical mission to Dominican Republic

May 10th, 2011 in News

JCMG physicians assistant Erin Hutton poses with some of her young friends. Left, she takes a patient's medical information during her mission trip to the Dominican Republic.

When Erin Hutton, physicians' assistant with JCMG, went on a mission trip to the Dominican Republic, she learned that diabetes is a hard disease to manage no matter where a person is. But for those like the people she helped, it can be much harder.

"They had nothing. They did not check their blood sugar," she said. "Most of the people we checked had a blood sugar of 200-400, which is not good."

The mission trip, Hutton's first medical mission trip, was more challenging than she had expected even with ....