New Perspectives on Diabetes and Obesity
Over 90 million adults and children in the U.S. are obese, while 18 million adults are living with type 2 diabetes. At the Diabetes and Obesity Center, we study the health effects of these conditions and how they contribute to heart disease risk. Our dedicated scientists are developing a new understanding of the risk factors fueling the diabetes and obesity epidemics and discovering novel treatments and prevention strategies. This pioneering research is creating new knowledge, helping patients live healthier and more productive lives.
In the News
Weight of the Nation: Confronting America's Obesity Epidemic
Dr. Barten was recently interviewed by the Courier Journal in an article entitled "Is high-fructose corn syrup ruining your health?" Experts sour on sweetener, blame America's obesity epidemic on its widespread use
Time Magazine article entitled "Doctors Should Screen All Adults for Obesity, U.S. Panel Says"
Video from PBS News Hour: Study Says for Diabetic Children Traditional Diabetes Treatment Not Effective. See more from PBS News Hour
A Note from the Director
Professor of Medicine,
"Diabetes and obesity are the two most significant health threats of our age. These epidemics are spreading at an alarming rate, rapidly eroding recent gains in longevity as they routinely intensify the burden of chronic diseases. Diabetes doubles the risk of cardiovascular disease. In fact, an astonishing 60-70% of diabetic patients die of heart disease.
As a part of the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine at UofL, we approach diabetes and obesity, not only as individual disease states, but as pieces of a larger, more comprehensive puzzle. Our researchers work tirelessly to better understand the connection between diabetes and obesity, and how this link affects goth cardiovascular health and the community at large."
- Aruni Bhatnagar, PhD