The Truth About Food Additives, Diabetes and Obesity

On July 28, Sheba 2.0, Friends of Sheba’s Professional Organization, had it’s inaugural event at @TheMattress: a private event venue. Cocktails, meditation, and conversation was had with Dr. Amir Tirosh, world renowned endocrinologist, Harvard professor and Head of the Endocrinology and Research Center at Sheba Medical Center, Tel HaShomer.


On July 28, 2015, Friends of Sheba 2.0 hosted it’s inaugural event, “The Truth About Food Additives, Diabetes and Obesity”. Together, we learned from Dr. Tirosh about the obesity epidemic and the dangers of food additives. We also participated in a mindfulness meditation session lead by Friends of Sheba 2.0 Co-Founder Josyln Hitter. All the while, sipping cocktails, enjoying healthy appetizers and meeting professionals interested in nutrition, health & wellness, medicine and more!

Obesity and diabetes are urgent and extraordinarily complex health problems both in the United States and worldwide. More than one-third of adults and nearly 20 percent of children in the US are now obese, increasing one’s likelihood of developing serious health problems, including diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, fatty liver disease, and cancer. Annual health costs related to obesity in the US is nearly $200 billion and more than 20 percent of medical costs in the US can be attributed to obesity.

Amir Tirosh, M.D., Ph.D., Asst. Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and an Attending Physician at the Division of Endocrinology and Diabetes at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, MA, relocated back to Israel just this past year to establish a new Research Center for Obesity, Diabetes and Metabolism at Sheba Medical Center.

With excellent clinical care and infrastructure for biomedical research and most importantly, a true collaborative spirit, Sheba Medical Center provides the ideal fertile ground to integrate researchers from various disciplines in a shared mission to advance obesity and diabetes research.

This work transcends medicine.

The work being done exemplifies what Israel as a country and the Jewish people believe– that all life is sacred. And Sheba Medical Center, as the largest hospital in Israel, is leading the way and affecting lives worldwide.

If you’d like more information on volunteer and leadership opportunities with Friends of Sheba 2.0 please contact us.  

To read more about this incredible research, and to be in touch with Dr. Amir Tirosh, please go to: Obesity and Diabetes Research: Sheba Medical Center and become further engaged!

And of course, be sure to find us on facebook and tag yourself in event photos!

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