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An Osteopathic Approach to the Obesity Epidemic: A Timely Remedy

Shelley Berkley, CEO and Senior Provost, Touro University California
Michael B. Clearfield, Dean of the College of Osteopathic Medicine, Touro University California
Jean-Marc Schwarz, Director of the Translational Research Clinic, Touro University California
Jay Shubrook, Diabetiologist, Touro University California
Tami Hendriksz, Associate Dean for Clinical Integration, Touro University California

Recent studies show that one in every three Californians currently has diabetes or pre-diabetes, thus creating a need for a new generation of doctors with knowledge to treat the obese patient. Osteopathic physicians and educators from Touro University California will address this need at in this program.

Traditional treatments for obesity have been ineffective in addressing this epidemic. For this reason, the university’s highly knowledgeable team will address issues with obesity, including altering diet, incorporating exercise, addressing associated metabolic abnormalities, and even environmental factors such as air pollution and climate change and how they all relate to resolution.

The approach taken by researchers at Touro’s new Translational Research Clinic is focused on overall health as opposed to weight and incorporates patient demographics, communication skills and lessons from public health into the training of new physicians.