May Physician Focus: Diabetes: Persistent Epidemic

Diabetes continues to be one of the most prevalent chronic conditions affecting Americans. Since 1980, the incidence of the disease has tripled; it now affects nearly 20 million adults 18 and older, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And its spread is likely to continue: another 86 million Americans are living with pre-diabetes, and 90 percent of those are unaware of their condition.

The May episode of Physician Focus examines the current state of diabetes in the U.S., how and why it’s become so prevalent, and treatments for the condition. Guest is Michael Thompson, M.D., (right, photo) Ambulatory Physician Leader for the Diabetes Center of Excellence at UMass Memorial Health Care and Chief of Adult Diabetes Clinical Research at UMass Memorial Medical Center. Hosting this edition is primary care physician Bruce Karlin, M.D. (left, photo).

Among the topics of discussions are the risk factors, symptoms, and complications of the disease; how it is diagnosed; the importance of the hemoglobin A1C test; weight-loss surgery as a cure for diabetes; specific treatments for the disease; and the differences between Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes.

Physician Focus, now in its 11th consecutive year of production, is available for viewing on public access television stations throughout Massachusetts. It is also available online at,, and on YouTube.

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