As president and CEO of Joslin Diabetes Center, I see every day the consequences of our nation’s unchecked pandemic of diabetes. Left untreated and uncontrolled, diabetes can lead to severe complications affecting the heart, blood vessels, eyes and kidneys. In the United States, despite our high quality of health care, someone dies of a diabetes-related illness every seven minutes.
Yet, too little is being done to halt the rise of this disease. The Centers for Disease Control predicts that by 2050 over 30 percent of the US population will be living with diabetes. The widespread human suffering from diabetes and its complications will be unprecedented, as will the impact on the nation’s economy and healthcare system.