A disordered thermostat  pg. 8

“We are in a truly golden era of biomedical research,” adds Kahn. “The technologies and the insights we have into basic biology and genetics and biochemistry are so great and so powerful that we can do almost any experiment that we think about.

“What is limiting in many cases are both the monetary and the human resources to do that … The number of people training in pediatric diabetes and endocrinology is very small considering the number of young people now who are developing not only type 1 diabetes but also type 2 diabetes and obesity.”

Another pressing need is public education and other measures to stem the rising tide of obesity and diabetes.

“The Human Genome Project will not solve the obesity and diabetes epidemic,” asserts Frank Vinicor, M.D., MPH, director of diabetes translation for the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “We’re not going to find a magic pill … We have to start addressing primary prevention or we’re going to be overwhelmed.”

“Ultimately to prevent obesity, diabetes and high blood pressure, we’re going to have to get to the children,” adds David G. Schlundt, Ph.D., associate professor of Psychology at Vanderbilt who is involved in local diabetes prevention efforts. “Once you’re 45 years old and weigh 300 pounds and have high blood pressure and diabetes, there’s only so much that can be done.”

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