Portland-area Native Americans take on a diabetes epidemic
In a North Portland health clinic on a dreary Saturday, Michael Teeple does his part in the war against the diabetes epidemic rocking Indian Country.
Teeple, 60, a member of the Ojibwe tribe and diabetic for five years, sees a series of experts at the daylong clinic. Already he’s learned his blood sugar and pressure are high. Now he takes his turn with the podiatrist. Dr. Chris Seuferling clips Teeple’s toe nails, thick and distorted from a fungus nurtured by diabetes.