In October 2009, pediatric endocrinologist Dr. Arlene Mercado judged that five-year-old Claudialee Nicanor-Gomez was on track for type 2 diabetes. As we detailed in our October feature, Type Miscast, Claudialee and her mother Irma visited Mercado two more times over the next six months. At the end of each meeting, Mercado repeated the same directive to the mother and daughter: "Diet and exercise." And if Claudialee's blood sugar still continued to rise to the point of full-blown diabetes, Mercado would consider prescribing some medication to enhance the effect of the lifestyle change. Type 2 diabetes approaches you like a train and all you can do is hope you hit the breaks soon enough.
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