In the past several decades there has been an alarming increase in the prevalence of obesity and diabetes in the United States. Similar trends have now been observed throughout the Western Hemisphere, and more recently in Asia. Because the increases in obesity predate those for diabetes, we now know that obesity is a major risk factor for type II diabetes. In addition, increasing obesity is coupled with many other chronic ailments, including heart disease, hypertension and some cancers. At Cedars-Sinai, we have recognized the close linkage between diabetes and obesity by establishing a world-class research Institute, the Cedars-Sinai Diabetes and Obesity Research Institute. This allows us to take an integrated approach to understanding these conditions. We have a 4-pillar approach: detection, prevention, treatment and cure.
The investigators at Cedars-Sinai are among the first to recognize the close relationship between obesity and diabetes and to uncover the underlying mechanisms that account for this hand-in-glove interaction. From our research studies, new therapies should emerge which will improve the lifestyle of the lives of patients and their families.