I faced some tough opponents throughout my career in the boxing ring. It took the perfect combination of punches, resilience and an enduring commitment to become a champion. Today, the U.S. is facing a hard-hitting opponent of its own -- diabetes.
What if Type 2 diabetes could be completely reversed? What if it weren't an inexorable, progressive disease that has to be better "managed" by our health care system with better drugs, surgery and coordination of care?
We are closer to understanding the genetic contribution and environmental factors of type 1 diabetes. But when something develops over several years, like diabetes, it's much more difficult to determine the cause.