AirTalk for March 26, 2010

Type 1 diabetes on the rise

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Springfield Mayor Michael Albano and his diabetic son Mikey, 13, sit at the kitchen table with Mikey's supply of Canadian prescription drugs July 29, 2003 in Springfield, Massachusetts.

Despite the discovery of insulin 90 years ago and an estimated $116 billion spent annually on treatment, diabetes remains one of the leading causes of death in the United States. In his new book, Diabetes Rising, medical journalist Dan Hurley investigates why approved medications and high-tech treatments are failing to slow this modern pandemic. Why is diabetes skyrocketing in this country? What is being researched towards preventing and curing this disease? And which approaches have so far been overlooked?

Guest:

Dan Hurley, medical journalist and author of Diabetes Rising: How a Rare Disease Became a Modern Pandemic, and What to Do About It (Kaplan)


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