During the first weeks of Septemeber, the American Diabetes Association (ADA) launched a joint partnership with the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA). The duo announced that they were taking aim at type 2 diabetes and its impact on the youth (children and teenagers).
What is diabetes?
Diabetes is a collection of diseases that produce excess glucose in the blood.
What are the most common types of diabetes?
Type 2 diabetes: A condition affecting the body’s process of glucose.
Type 1 diabetes: A condition affecting the pancreas’s ability to produce insulin.
Prediabetes: A condition similar to but not as severe as type 2 diabetes
Gestational diabetes: This affects pregnant women suffering from high levels of glucose
Camp PowerUp Program
As a part of their campaign against diabetes, the ADA and the CHLA created Camp PowerUp for young people between 8 and 16. This would be the hub for physical activities and events located in schools, churches, and parks as well as day camps. They use edutainment (entertainment + education) to teach the attendees about strategies, nutrition, and current statistics.
Innovative Research Award
With approximately 5,000 supported research initiatives launched over a 60-year span, the ADA is on the forefront of dedicated warriors in the fight against diabetes (Interview.net). This year the ADA presented Dr. Mark Holterman with the innovative research award for his investment and accomplishments in the field of diabetes.
“I am excited about our new technology and how it can provide therapeutic platforms that can be used across a wide spectrum of diseases.” – Dr. Mark J. Holterman
Who is Mark J. Holterman?
Dr. Mark J. Holterman is interested in various aspects of medicine and therapy. From the benefits of stem cell therapy to fighting obesity and diabetes, he is an asset to the medical community. Dr. Mark J. Holterman began his collegiate career at the prestigious Yale University focusing on biology. He obtained both his Ph.D. and MD from the University of Virginia.
Dr. Mark Holterman is currently a professor at the University of Illinois College of Medicine Peoria where he teaches in the field of surgery and pediatrics. He is on staff at the Advocate Christ Children’s Hospital as well as the Children’s Hospital of Illinois, St. Francis Medical center as a pediatric surgeon.
As we continue to combat diabetes the future looks bright with people like Dr. Holterman on the battlefield.