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Research matters!

Studying diabetes, obesity and cardiovascular disease is vital! The high and increasing rates of diabetes, obesity and cardiovascular disease put Ohioans at increasing risk for a variety of diseases and personal health issues.

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The Fast Facts:

  • Rates of diabetes, obesity, and cardiovascular disease among Ohioans are higher than national averages
  • 29% of Ohioans are obese
  • 9.8% suffer from diabetes
  • 29.1% exhibit hypertension (high blood pressure)
  • African-Americans experience higher rates of these conditions
    than Caucasians
  • Over one-third of Ohio children are overweight or obese and the proportion is rapidly increasing

There are known links between diabetes, obesity and cardiovascular disease. Obesity alone is associated with or has been identified as a causal factor for a variety of other diseases, including many types of cancers, metabolic syndrome, sleep apnea, osteoarthritis, gallbladder disease, fatty liver disease, and complications during pregnancy.

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What is Diabetes? Presented by Dr. Sarah MacLeish, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Pediatric Endocrinology, University Hospital’s Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital on January 30, 2014.

What is Obesity? – Presented by Dr. Ethel Clemente, Pediatric Endocrinology Fellow, University Hospital’s Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital on February 28, 2014.