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José F. Caro, MD Biography

Vice President of Global Diabetes Care at Eli Lilly
Pro to the question "Is Obesity a Disease?"

“[O]besity is one of the most frequent and serious metabolic diseases. Furthermore, strategies for long-term reduction of body weight are largely ineffective. More than 90% of people who lose weight eventually regain it…

[H]uman obesity belongs to a large group called complex diseases. Included in this group are type II diabetes, hypertension, and ischemic heart diseases (characterized by deficient supply of blood to cardiac muscle). The inheritance of these diseases is different from the classic mendelian mode of transmission of monogenic diseases (related to or controlled by one gene). The phenotype of complex diseases reflects the multifactorial effect of all contributing genes (polygenic) and all environmental factors.”

“Obesity Pathophysiology,” McGraw-Hill’s AccessScience Encyclopedia of Science & Technology (accessed Jan. 13, 2010)

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Vice President, Global Diabetes Care at Eli Lilly
  • Professor of Medicine, Indiana University School of Medicine
  • Contributor, Endocrinology, 5th Edition
  • Member, Advisory Council, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK)
  • Former Adjunct Professor of Medicine, Jefferson Medical College
  • MD, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid
  • None found
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