Diabetes

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Heart disease, hypertension, nerve damage, vision problems, liver damage?These are some of the complications of diabetes—a chronic and growing disease in which the body cannot use sugar properly. Worldwide, health experts estimate that cases of the disease have rocketed from 30 million to 230 million in recent years. In the United States, more than 23 million children and adults—nearly 8% of the population—have diabetes. "Diabetes is this massive tidal wave hitting the country," reports USA TODAY, the Nation's ...

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Overview

Heart disease, hypertension, nerve damage, vision problems, liver damage?These are some of the complications of diabetes—a chronic and growing disease in which the body cannot use sugar properly. Worldwide, health experts estimate that cases of the disease have rocketed from 30 million to 230 million in recent years. In the United States, more than 23 million children and adults—nearly 8% of the population—have diabetes. "Diabetes is this massive tidal wave hitting the country," reports USA TODAY, the Nation's No. 1 newspaper. In this book, you'll read case studies of people living with diabetes and follow the diagnoses, medical interventions, and lifestyle changes that help bring the disease under control. You'll learn about the history of the disease and factors driving its increased prevalence. And you'll discover what the risk factors and treatment options are so you and your friends and family can avoid contracting diabetes and support those who do have it.

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Children's Literature - Meredith Kiger
One of sixteen in the "USA Today Health Reports" series, this edition explores the "skyrocketing" disease, diabetes. Designed for upper middle and high school students, the eight well researched chapters extensively explore diabetes as a disease, types of diabetes, how it is detected, controlling diabetes, medications and insulin, uncontrolled diabetes, life with diabetes, and the history and prospects for the future for diabetes sufferers. Written in textbook format, the book does a good job of explaining the physiology of the disease in terms easily understood accompanied by occasional photos, charts and boxed human interest stories to support the text. Highlighting key terms such as those in the glossary within the text itself would have been helpful to students as they attempt to understand the complicated process of the disease. Otherwise, the book is comprehensive and up to date in informing young people of this growing epidemic and their personal responsibility in preventing their becoming a casualty of Type II diabetes by wisely managing their lifestyle. This information is critical in helping young people to realize that their future health and well-being is very much up to them. A glossary, resources for further study, a bibliography and an index are included. Reviewer: Meredith Kiger, Ph.D.
VOYA - Rebecca O'Neil
The USA TODAY Health Reports: Diseases and Disorders series adds five new titles to bring its offerings to a total of sixteen. One of the new volumes, Diabetes, provides an up-to-date overview of a disease that is reaching epidemic proportions among young people. From how it is detected to how people control their blood sugar on a day-to-day basis, Brill is practical but friendly in her presentation of information and advice, noting that "in the end, the patient is the most important person on the [diabetes] care team. . . . It's up to you to take charge of your treatment." She also interviews several teens diagnosed with diabetes, and their input enlivens the text. New developments, such as the use of an infrared thermometer to detect possible infection in the feet, will be of interest to teens researching the disease on behalf of themselves, a loved one, or a school project. The book prominently features the USA TODAY brand on the page footers, graphs and charts, and articles pulled "From the pages of USA TODAY." Though a reader may benefit from seeing these articles in the subject context, some date as far back as 2000 and interrupt the flow and layout of the text. Students, teachers, and librarians looking to supplement health textbooks with current information will find this series valuable. Other new titles in this series include STDs, Leukemia, Allergies, and Obesity. (USA TODAY Health Reports: Diseases and Disorders) Reviewer: Rebecca O'Neil
Children's Literature - Meredith Kiger
One in a series in the "21st Century Medical Library," designed for middle school students and up, this book takes a textbook approach to discussing diabetes. Diabetes, both Types I and II, is on the rise in this country, and this book does a thorough job of discussing the history, the disease, how it is controlled, the problems of uncontrolled diabetes and hopes for the future. The book is well researched and, except for the very latest advances in treatment of both types of diabetes, includes all that a young adult could understand. Personal vignettes throughout provide a way for young adults to identify with those their age who are experiencing the disease, as young people never think that anything adverse will happen to them. The occasional black-and-white photos, however, do little to attract those readers who do not already have an interest in the disease. Young people of all ages should be learning all they can about diabetes as the American diet seems to make them more vulnerable to it. Additional graphics, a thorough glossary and resources for further study are important additions. Reviewer: Meredith Kiger, Ph.D.
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Meet the Author

Marlene is an award-winning author of almost 70 titles for readers preschool through adult. She began writing while teaching children with disabilities, producing materials to help her students learn. With time, the desire to write grew stronger. Soon she was writing for a variety of formats—magazines, internet, newspapers, scripts, books, and textbooks for readers of all ages. Yet, she never forgets where the dream of writing originated—through work with children. She is drawn back into classrooms to share the wonders of research and writing, and, of course, reading books.

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Table of Contents


The Sugar Disease     7
Types of Diabetes     18
Detecting Diabetes     19
Taking Control     37
Medications and Insulin     56
Problems of Uncontrolled Diabetes     64
Adjusting to Life with Diabetes     75
Dark History, Brighter Future     90
Glossary     100
Resources     106
Sources     110
Selected Bibliography     112
Index     114
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