Diabetes grips Southern California
Rate of diabetes among elderly will increase sharply in coming years

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Physicians anticipate the rate of diabetes among the elderly will increase sharply in the coming years. About 45 percent of all adults in the state have pre-diabetes or undiagnosed diabetes, according to a study by the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research. Up to 30 percent of those with pre-diabetes will develop Type 2 diabetes within five years.


Diabetes crisis grips Southern California

Cooke, a clinical dietitian at Loma Linda University Health Care, recently discovered that about 70 percent of all patients who enter Loma Linda University Medical Center are diabetic.


Lauren M. Whaley

Freelance journalist Lauren M. Whaley is a photographer, radio producer and print reporter specializing in topics related to mental illness, reproductive health care and health disparities. She is also a childbirth photographer.This year, She is working on a series about how low-income parents access care for perinatal mental illnesses. The project is funded in part by the Rosalynn Carter Fellowships for Mental Health Journalism.She was a 2016-17 Knight Science Journalism Fellow at the Massachusetts Institute for Technology.Her work has been recognized by the Association of Health Care Journalists, the Scripps Howard Foundation and the Public Radio Exchange (PRX) STEM story project. She has contributed radio, video, photography and written stories to KQED Public Radio, Southern California Public Radio, the San Jose Mercury News, the New York Times and other media outlets. For six years, she worked as the Center for Health Reporting's multimedia journalist. She is a past president of the national organizationJournalism and Women Symposium (JAWS) and spent her early 20s leading canoe expeditions for young women, including a solo-led 45-trip in the Canadian Arctic. She is based in Los Angeles.

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