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Navajo Nation's nutrition crisis


Steven Thompson grew up poor on Navajo Nation. After nearly three decades on a diet built around potatoes, lunch meat and canned goods, he was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes; his right leg was amputated as a result of complications from the disease eight years ago.

Now, at the age of 54, Thompson tries to stay active and eat the food his doctor recommends to prevent further complications from the disease, but it's not easy: the closest grocery store is 32 miles away and he has chronic pain.

“It’s really hurting, but you don’t to heal no more, you know, and then your whole leg aches like your leg’s still there … They gave me this [medicine] to try to help it, but it don’t really help me,” he said.


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