Type-2 diabetes used to be a disease of the elderly. But in 1997, the American Diabetes Association decided to do away with the term "adult-onset diabetes," as it increasingly appeared in middle-aged patients, young adults and teens.
The disease now appears in obese children and affects nearly 10 percent of the American population.
If current trends continue, one in every three American adults will have diabetes by 2050. This disease is largely preventable. So why are we dealing with such a widespread epidemic?
Dr. Francine Kaufman, MD, is the Chief Medical Officer and VP of Global Clinical, Medical and Health affairs at Medtronic Diabetes. She is also the author of the book, Diabesity, which takes you to the front lines against this deadly disease.
The book explains how excess weight destroys your body’s ability to process sugar properly–with life-threatening consequences.
Dr. Kaufman provides tools for change at every level; from families to school systems to government, as well as an action plan for winning this battle.