Diabetes: Living Beyond the Limits

Diabetes is a disease in which the body does not produce or properly use insulin. Insulin is a hormone that is needed to convert sugar, starches and other food into energy needed for daily life. The cause of diabetes continues to be a mystery, although both genetics and environmental factors such as obesity and lack of exercise appear to play roles.

According to the American Diabetes Association, 23.6 million children and adults in the United States (or 7.8% of the population) have diabetes; and nearly one fourth of those are unaware that they even have the disease.

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Guest Panelists

  • Katherine Tuttle MD, Medical & Science Director, Providence Medical Research Center
  • Kirsten Collins, Diabetes Program Coordinator, Kootenai Medical Center
  • Gary L. Fillmore MD
  • Chris Kishiyama MD, Pediatric Endocrinologist, Sacred Heart Children’s Hospital