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Sami Inkinen had just won a world championship triathalon in his age group when he was diagnosed with pre-diabetes. He’d always assumed that type 2 diabetes happened to people who were obese and couldn’t control what they ate, but here he was in his mid-30s, super fit, with tons of self-control — and at high risk for developing a dangerous, life-altering disease.

Inkinen was a technology entrepreneur — he’d already created the real estate website Trulia to help democratize access to real estate information. So, with his knowledge of how to provide information on a wide scale, and his newfound interest in diabetes, Inkinen wondered what he could do to help people with the disease.

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  • These findings are not surprising. I worked on obesity drugs in the 1990’s. Just about any weight loss plan will work for the first couple of months. After that time weight loss plateaus, patients get disheartened and most gain back the weight. The body slows its metabolism to compensate for the weight loss. It has been shown, even with diabetics that the only sure fire way to keep the weight off is bariatric surgery, and this comes from someone who toiled (and failed) in anti-obesity drug development.

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