Silent Killer

Earlier this year, Chan Tak "Anson" Shin developed a rash on his leg that wouldn't heal. Not overly concerned, he visited a doctor near his home in Hong Kong's New Territories and underwent a string of blood tests. The diagnosis? Type 2 diabetes, long known as "adult-onset diabetes." Genetically speaking, Anson was an ideal candidate for the disease. Both his grandfathers had suffered from it in their later years, as did his father and two uncles. And, by his own admission, Anson led a less than healthy lifestyle, spending most of his spare time playing a computer game called Heroes of...

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