C. Ronald Kahn, MD - President / Director, Joslin Diabetes Center; Mary K Iacocca Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School. His discoveries in insulin signals/receptors revolutionized diabetes research.
C. Ronald Kahn, M.D. President and Director, Joslin Diabetes Center: How can I have diabetes and not know it?
C. Ronald Kahn, M.D. President and Director, Joslin Diabetes Center: Sometimes, people who have what I'll call silent diabetes, they actually already have diabetes they just don't know it, will have symptoms and signs.They will notice that they urinate more, that they get up at night to urinate, that they drink more, that they may have started to lose weight even though they're eating normally.And they say oh gee, doctor, I've got some good news for you. I've lost ten pounds or twenty pounds. And I wasn't even trying.
C. Ronald Kahn, M.D. President and Director, Joslin Diabetes Center: That may not be a good sign. It may be that they were over weight and they've developed diabetes and that's why they're losing weight.And of course they should be aware that sometimes if they have what I'm calling silent, or undiagnosed diabetes, they may start even to show signs of some of the complications.Like neuropathies, or vascular insufficiencies, and sometimes that's the first presentation of a person with type-two diabetes.