Friends and Colleagues,

The endocrine system is a series of glands that produce and secrete hormones that are used to control many different bodily functions, including growth, sexual development, respiration, metabolism, reproduction, sensory perception and movement. One hormone, insulin, which regulates many metabolic processes that provide cells with needed energy, has always received major public attention -- largely because too little effective insulin leads to diabetes. Diabetes affects 30 million Americans and increases the risk of end organ damage including cardiovascular disease and kidney and nerve damage. In this Age of COVID-19, we are also learning that people with both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes have a much higher chance of experiencing serious complications, and even death, from the virus. In today’s newsletter, we profile Dr. Kenneth Izuora, our chief of the division of endocrinology. Dr. Izuora anticipates research breakthroughs coming in the management of diabetes that may impact complications seen with COVID-19.