Dr. Kent Thornburg

Diabetes rates in Oregon have tripled since the 1990s. That statistic alone is alarming. Even more concerning is the relationship between diabetes and America’s leading cause of death – heart disease.

Almost 70% of diabetics will die of cardiovascular disease, according to the American Heart Association. As diabetes rates climb, heart disease will follow. The Oregon Health Authority expects heart disease to affect more than a million Oregonians by 2030. That’s almost double the entire population of Central and Eastern Oregon.

Kent Thornburg, Ph.D., is the director of Oregon Health & Sciences University's Bob and Charlee Moore Institute for Nutrition & Wellness and the Center for Developmental Health, OHSU Knight Cardiovascular Institute.

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