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Larry Krotz,
through a career as a writer and a film maker, has explored the ways our actions affect our world. Widely traveled, he has become well acquainted with Canada’s north, including numerous First Nations communities, and the African countries of Kenya, Zimbabwe and Angola. Over the years his films, including Searching for Hawa’s Secret for the National Film Board of Canada, have won awards and been aired on Canadian and American television.

Just Published:

Diagnosing the Legacy

by Larry Krotz

The Discovery, Research, and Treatment of Type 2 Diabetes in Indigenous Youth

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In the late 1980s, pediatric endocrinologists at the Children’s Hospital in Winnipeg began to notice a new cohort appearing in their clinics for young people with diabetes.

Indigenous youth from two First Nations in northern Manitoba and northwestern Ontario were showing up not with type 1 (or insulin-dependent diabetes), but with what looked like type 2 diabetes, until then a condition that was restricted to people much older.

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Investigation led the doctors to learn that something similar had become a medical issue among young people of the Pima Indian Nation in Arizona, though, to their knowledge, nobody else.

But these youth were just the tip of the iceberg. Over the next few decades more children would confront what was turning into not only a medical but also a social and community challenge.

Diagnosing the Legacy is the story of communities, researchers, and doctors who faced—and continue to face—something never seen before: type 2 diabetes in younger and younger people. Through dozens of interviews, Krotz shows the impact of the disease on the lives of individuals and families as well as the challenges caregivers faced diagnosing and then responding to the complex and perplexing disease, especially in communities far removed from the medical personnel and facilities available in the city.

An excerpt from
Diagnosing the Legacy appeared in the Winnipeg Free Press in March. 2018.

LISTEN to Larry discussing
Diagnosing the Legacy and reading from the book on the Taylor Report, on CIUT-FM.

Researching and writing such books is a skill and service I’m excited to make available to those in the worlds of medicine, science, academia and even business who have extraordinary stories to tell and feel an urgency to get those stories recorded. Please find me through my contact page.