on Diabetes, Metabolism
Willa Hsueh, MD ’73, and her research
team at The Ohio State University
Wexner Medical Center’s Diabetes and
Metabolism Research Center (DMRC)
have set their sights on reversing the
diabetes and obesity epidemic in Ohio.
The most recent data available tell why
such action is called for: Between 1990
and 2015, the percentage of adults
diagnosed with diabetes in Ohio rose
from 5. 3 percent to 11 percent, or over
one million people, according to the
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
Ohio’s adult obesity rate is 29. 8
percent, up from 11. 3 percent in 1990.
Left unmanaged, diabetes and obesity
create increased risk for a range of
chronic diseases that burden people’s
lives, drain healthcare dollars and
ultimately lead to early death.
Dr. Hsueh, professor of medicine,
Department of Internal Medicine,
Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes
and Metabolism, and director of the
DMRC, leads an initiative aimed at
studies that explore the mechanisms
behind diabetes and obesity to improve
treatment and patient well-being.
DMRC’s research faculty includes
experts in diabetes, endocrinology
and metabolism, all nationally and
internationally recognized for their
research efforts to advance health care
Dr. Hsueh was recruited to the center
in a combined effort among the College
of Medicine, the division, the department
and the Dorothy M. Davis Heart and Lung
Research Institute to lead the initiative.
Over the next two years, DMRC has a
goal to expand both clinical and basic
research in diabetes and metabolism
to address a number of issues related
to diabetes research, education and
patient care. The initiative’s goal will
be to translate research into clinical
practice, says Dr. Hsueh.
One of the initiative’s
goals is to develop
networks of top
throughout the seven
colleges and other
Ohio State colleges.
Source: Trust for America’s Health and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The State of Obesity 2016: Better Policies for a Healthier America
Current adult obesity
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