Special to The Bee
Each year, more than 200,000 Californians walk out of their doctor’s office with a diagnosis of diabetes. Up and down the Central Valley, in many of the poorest communities in the state, more than half the residents are considered obese and two-thirds suffer from either diabetes or pre-diabetes.
But it’s not just the number of cases that is rising. The cost of the medicine to combat the disease is exploding at the same time.