World Diabetes Day

Yes, it's World Diabetes Day. It turns out that even I can actually figure out what day it is when they send a marching band and a big banner down the center of town. (In contrast to, say, my confusion on Monday through Wednesday!)

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Diabetes is a chronic disease damaging the bodies of 371 million people around the world. This is not just a disease of rich and overweight countries; 4 out of 5 people with diabetes live in low- or middle-income countries. (We think that a malnourished childhood can mess up your metabolism in long-term ways.)

AMPATH has actually been incredibly innovative in testing for and managing diabetes in poor and rural places like Kenya using mobile phones and special diabetes clinics. My kudos go to my friend, colleague and long-time housemate, Sonak Pastakia, who dreamed up this effort and cares for over 2,500 patients with diabetes in Kenya (and still stores boxes and boxes of diabetes testing supplies in our kitchen!)

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