When Lisa Corbeil had blood work in 2004 confirming type 2 diabetes, she had a "total meltdown" in her doctor's office. "I say that I went though all the stages of grief in about 20 minutes in her office," says Corbeil, an accounting professional in Philadelphia whose brother died of type 1 in 1995 at age 41. "Of all the things out there that I didn't want to get, it was this disease."
Janice Rowe, 54, who lives in the Bronx, N.Y., was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes when she was 35. She had trouble controlling her blood sugar despite using a treadmill and trying multiple medications. "I was at my wit's end," she says.