Health: Why So Many Of Us Are Getting Diabetes

Never have doctors known so much about how to prevent or control this disease, yet the epidemic keeps on raging. How you can protect yourself

Hillary Carroll knew something was amiss. She had spent Memorial Day happily frolicking in her grandmother's swimming pool, but by that evening she was doubling over in pain every time she went to the bathroom. Her mother figured it was probably an infection and the next day took Hillary, then 10, to the pediatrician. Instead of getting a prescription for an antibiotic, however, the 220lb. youngster was immediately admitted to the hospital. Lab tests showed that she had something far more serious--Type 2 diabetes.

Hillary is not the first overweight child to learn she has this form of diabetes, a chronic...

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