University of Louisville program focuses on reducing ‘explosion’ of diabetes and obesity

Insider Louisville LogoThanks to advances in medicine and technology, life expectancy in the United States has been increasing every year since medical professionals began keeping statistics. But that progress has stopped recently because of an epidemic of diabetes.

That’s according to Dr. Aruni Bhatnagar, Director of the University of Louisville’s Diabetes and Obesity Center. For eight years, the Center has focused on performing research and preparing and recruiting investigators to study the disease.

“There’s been a virtual explosion from the 1990s to now, and Kentucky has the highest rates of people who are overweight and obese,” Dr. Bhatnagar said in a recent Passport-sponsored article in Insider Louisville. “You can make the case that it is the major public health problem in the U.S. and we are at the center of it.”

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