WellesleyWeston Magazine

WINTER 2014/2015

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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158 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | w i n t e r 2 0 1 4 / 2 0 1 5 for years we have been hearing about the increasing number of people who have type 2 diabetes, a crisis that goes hand-in-hand with the obesity epidemic in the United States. According to the American Diabetes Association, about 29 million Americans currently have this disease – more than nine percent of the population and double that of 20 years ago – and a growing number of these cases are obese children and adolescents. Beyond the statistics, type 2 diabetes now touches nearly all our lives in one way or another: you probably know someone who has the disease or you may have it yourself. If left unchecked, diabetes can lead to heart dis- ease, stroke, kidney failure, nerve damage, vision loss, and hypertension. It also can cut as many as 12 years off a person's life. And frighteningly, 65 to 80 percent of people who have type 2 diabetes will die of a heart attack. Many people resign themselves to living with the dis- ease and think there is little they can do, but Wellesley resident Dr. Osama Hamdy, M.D., Ph.D., who is an assistant professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and a medical director of the clinical obesity program at the world-renowned Joslin Diabetes Center, says there is hope. A medical researcher working in the diabetes field for 29 years, Dr. Hamdy says that if a patient with diabetes loses just 7 percent of his or her body weight (as little as 10 to 15 pounds for many overweight people), it can dramatically improve or in some cases reverse the course of the disease. And in the case of the 86 million Americans who have pre-diabetes, which develops before type 2 diabetes, losing this amount of weight can even prevent the disease. Dr. Osama Hamdy, M.D., Ph.D. wellness vitality condition strengthen nutrition diet stamina The Diabetes Breakthrough K E R I LY M A N writer fitness & health

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