Diabetesby Toney Allman
Diabetes in all its forms has baffled scientists and doctors for centuries. Even now, when its symptoms and mechanisms are well understood, the genetic and environmental causes of diabetes are difficult to unravel. Diagnosis and treatment of the different types of diabetes are no longer impossible, but prevention and cure remain beyond scientific capabilities. Slowly, the genetic variations that contribute to diabetes are being discovered, and many scientists hope that a cure will come within the lifetimes of today's young people. This book provides an in-depth look at the symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment of this common disease, the exact cause of which remains a mystery.
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Toney Allman holds a B.S. from Ohio State University and an M.A. in clinical psychology from the University of Hawaii
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There is an epidemic of diabetes in the United States which affects over 28 million Americans, who are diagnosed with the disease and millions of others yet to be diagnosed. There are three types of diabetes which are type 1, type 2 and gestational diabetes. People diagnosed with type 1 diabetes are usually underweight. Type 1 diabetes affects children and young adults. The onset of Type 1 diabetes is rapid and can make the affected person very sick. Common symptoms of type 1 diabetes include thirst, weight loss, frequent urination, fatigue, and may include other symptoms such as stomach pain, weakness, blurred vision and dizziness. Scientists now know that type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease. The disease is managed through diet and insulin injections. People diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes are usually overweight and physically inactive. Type 2 diabetes appears most often in people over 40 years old, however is being increasingly seen in younger people. The key to preventing type 2 diabetes is through diet, exercise and weight management. Diabetes by Toney Allman is an in depth look at diabetes. The author discusses the types of diabetes, and the treatment and advances in the search for the cure for the disease. The author also describes the symptoms that patients experienced that led to their diagnosis. Allman gives accounts of the early tests and treatments for diabetes, before the discovery of insulin. The discovery of insulin was the miracle that so many patients were waiting for to prolong their lives. She writes that drug companies harvested insulin from the pancreas glands of pigs and cows in the early treatment of diabetes. Allman writes how scientists at Genentech genetically engineered bacteria to produce synthetic human insulin. The synthetic insulin is as pure as insulin made by the pancreas gland in the body. For now, patients must manage their diabetes through diet, insulin injections or medications. The future is bright as research continues with the hopes of finding a cure for the disease through gene research and stem cell therapy. I recommend this book to anyone who is suffering with diabetes or is interested in learning more about the disease.