New approaches to managing type 2 diabetes 

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One in ten Americans have diabetes and most people who are at high risk for getting type 2 may not know.

One in ten Americans have diabetes. But most people who are at high risk for developing the disease — and some people who already have diabetes — don’t even know it. And, there’s a lot of misunderstanding around what it is, what causes it and how best to treat it.  

Left unmanaged, all types of diabetes can take a huge toll on a person’s health and lead to serious complications with heart disease, stroke, blindness and kidney failure.  

Recent research into treating type 2 diabetes suggests it’s caused by a complex relationship between genetics, our environment, our increasingly sedentary lives and diets high in sugars and carbs and low in nutrition. Being overweight is a major risk factor for type 2, but not always.  

MPR News host Angela Davis talks with two doctors about new developments in lifestyle interventions, medicines and how to better manage type 2 diabetes.  


  • Dr. Iesha A. Galloway-Gilliam is an internal medicine physician and obesity medicine director of the Comprehensive Weight Management Center at Hennepin Healthcare.  

  • Dr. Rozalina McCoy is an associate professor of medicine at the Mayo Clinic and a primary care physician, endocrinologist and medical director of the Mayo Clinic Ambulance Community Paramedic Program.  

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