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In New Hampshire, almost two out of three adults and more than a quarter of our children are overweight or obese. NHPR’s series explores the causes, the consequences, and some promising solutions to a growing crisis.Fast Facts about Obesity in NH BROUGHT TO YOU IN PART BY: The HNHfoundation

Battling Diabetes, The "Chronic Epidemic Of The Millenium"

Melissa Wiese

Diabetes has been called “the chronic epidemic of the millennium.” Our panel looks at why this is so, changes in management of this disease, and promising research in the field.


  • Richard Comi – professor of medicine at Dartmouth’s Geisel School of Medicine. His specialties include diabetes, Cystic Fibrosis-related diabetes, and endocrinology.
  • Della Flanagan – certified diabetes educator and registered dietitian at Concord Hospital, where she manages the diabetes program
  • David Nathan  – director of the General Clinical Research Center and of the Diabetes Center at Massachusetts General Hospital, and professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School.    


  • The American Diabetes Association published a list of common myths about diabetes: "There are many myths about diabetes that make it difficult for people to believe some of the hard facts – such as diabetes is a serious and potentially deadly disease. These myths can create a picture of diabetes that is not accurate and full of stereotypes and stigma."
  • Diabetes numbers increasing, but diabetes complications decrease: Federal researchers on Wednesday reported the first broad national picture of progress against some of the most devastating complications of diabetes, which affects millions of Americans, finding that rates of heart attacks, strokes, kidney failure and amputations fell sharply over the past two decades.
  • New CDC numbers show increase in diabetes: If the current trends continue, federal health officials predicted that one in five Americans could have diabetes by 2025 - and one in three by 2050. The CDC said more than 12 percent of U.S adults had diabetes as of 2012.

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