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Diabetes Rising Paperback – February 1, 2011

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The good news about being a professional science journalist with type 1 diabetes is that you can devote 100 percent of your time to researching its history and the evolution of its diagnosis and treatment. Your credentials also give you entrée into the bosom of up-to-the-moment research in the field. The even better news about being such a journalist is that you can write a fascinating, informative book from which people with either type 1 or type 2 diabetes and their loved ones (it is so widespread as to affect the lives of countless people, whether they have diabetes or know someone who does) can be informed of the latest theories about causes, treatments, and potential cures. Ideas about causes are all over the map, ranging from cow’s milk to insufficient sunshine. Treatments are vastly improved and getting better everyday; Hurley even submitted to the all-too-brief experience of being symptom-free while he was hooked up to an artificial pancreas. And cures? Well, read the book. --Donna Chavez --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


“An important work...Well written, weaving personal stories, interviews with lead scientific researchers, and historical reviews to create an easy-to-read, complete look at the epidemic of diabetes.” Journal of the American Medical Association

""Diabetes Rising takes on the fastest-growing disease in history with a take-no-prisoner’s attitude. You got to love the author’s pugnacity. Dan Hurley takes the same approach to diabetes that Ronald Reagan took on the Cold War. Not willing to live with the enemy, he wants to kill it in its crib."" —Chris Matthews, Host of MSNBC's Hardball with Chris Matthews 

""...the real zingers in Hurley’s account are the variety of new studies he reports in connection with the astonishing increase in overt or potential diabetes in nearly 25 percent of the world’s adult population."" — Kirkus Reviews

""Books offering advice on living with diabetes are legion. Hurley provides instead a compelling layperson’s overview of diabetes research enlivened by multiple interviews with scientists in the field. Diabetics and those who love them will find this a fascinating and hope-filled read."" — Library Journal, starred review 

...""fascinating, informative book…"" — Booklist 

""Few people are more qualified to write this medical mystery story. An award-winning journalist for medical publications and the New York Times, Hurley has been matching wits with the killer for thirty years inside his own body—he developed type I diabetes in 1975, and his description of his last supper as a non-diabetic on Thanksgiving is harrowing. One of the many strengths of this book, in fact, is Hurley’s ability to juxtapose masses of historical medical information with highly personal stories, his own and those of others, which give a human face to this impersonal killer. We want a cure for diabetes, not just for mankind, but for Hurley and his young daughter."" — Foreword

""Diabetes Rising is very well written and is a must-have for families living with type 1 diabetes. Highly Recommended."" — ChildrenwithDiabetes.com 

""This is a stunning book about diabetes. For patients, family members, physicians, and those simply interested in learning more about a disease so closely linked to the rise of modern civilization, Diabetes Rising offers not just a thorough background, but the hint of an 'out of the box' approach to how we can treat and prevent diabetes."" — from the foreword by Zachary T. Bloomgarden, M.D., Editor, Journal of Diabetes 

""With engaging style, Dan Hurley uses the tools of investigational journalism to ask the question millions affected by diabetes ask themselves every day: 'Why can’t we cure and prevent this devastating disease?' Diabetes Rising challenges conventional wisdom in search of pioneering scientific approaches to achieve a world without diabetes."" — S. Robert Levine, M.D., Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Board of Chancellors 

""Dan Hurley has created a superb framework for understanding diabetes today and the profound challenges that face anyone affected by it. In crisp, vivid prose, Hurley offers unerring insight on what we live with. Essential reading!"" — Kelly L. Close, editor in chief, diaTribe 

""We are increasingly living in a diabetic nation, and Dan Hurley provides a durable framework for understanding what that means -- the potent forces driving the epidemic, the deep impact on individual lives, and the possible solutions that can turn the tide."" — James S. Hirsch, author of Cheating Destiny: Living with Diabetes

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 344 pages
  • Publisher: Kaplan Publishing; 1 edition (February 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1607148307
  • ISBN-13: 978-1607148302
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #992,458 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Medical journalist Dan Hurley has written an engaging and important book. He divides his book into a prologue, three major sections, and a conclusion. In the prologue, he introduces us to the prosperous town of Weston MA which illustrates two things about diabetes in the United States today: it is increasingly common and we are not doing enough to track it. He then broadens the perspective so that the reader can understand that we are really dealing with a global pandemic. Then, Part One of the book gives an accounting of the history of diabetes, from ancient times when it was rare, to the current day when the rates of both Types 1 and 2 have exploded. He concludes this section with a detailed discussion of the state of Type 2 today and a visit to Logan County WV, the county with the highest incidence of diabetes in the United States, where 14.8% of everyone over the age of 20 has been diagnosed with the disease. In Part Two of the book, the author outlines the five theories as to the likely causes of diabetes that he finds most compelling. In Part Three, he examines four different approaches that may ultimately lead to significantly better management, to a cure, or to significant rates of prevention. He wraps up with a brief conclusion. Please note that while you will learn things about what might be smart to do (take 2,000 IU of Vitamin D3 each day, for instance), this is not a guide on how to manage diabetes on a daily basis. If you are looking for a book on how to calculate basal rates and boluses or cook low-carb dishes, this is not it.

Much of the information in this book will be at least somewhat familiar to those who follow the disease. Very few people, however, will be familiar with all of it.
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I am a physician with a diabetic son and I ordered this to see if it would be useful for him, especially, to read. I have enjoyed it and it has many bits of new information. The first 87 pages is a pretty good history of the disease and of attempts to treat it. I have one quibble as I had always believed that Frederick Allen got the idea for the "starvation treatment" of diabetes from evidence that diabetics did better than nondiabetics with the malnutrition in cities cut off during the First World War. His treatment program began in 1919 to 1921. His method, described by Hurley, was to eliminate carbohydrates from the diet. This worked to stop acidosis and glycosuria but the children became skeletal and were obsessed with hunger. The only way they could be treated was by residential centers where they could be kept from eating sugar. The method did keep some children alive until insulin came along in 1922. One of those children was the daughter of Charles Evans Hughes whose father was the Republican presidential nominee in 1916, losing to Woodrow Wilson. She lived to the age of 88 and few in her family even knew of her diabetes.

Hurley follows the lead of Michael Bliss in denigrating Fredrick Banting who, while not the learned professor that MacLeod was, had the vision to try a new tack in the search for a cure. There are other versions of the story that give Banting far more credit. Still, the history is all good. The most intersting part for me is where he gets into the mechanism for the disease, the "accelerator hypothesis" and the "cow's milk hypothesis" and the others. They are very interesting and may hold clues to treatment and prevention. There have been other studies, one for example, with prediabetic pregnant women in which frank diabetes may have been prevented.
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I was very interested in this book as my 10 year old daughter was recently diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. While I haven't
done exhaustive research regarding this disease I have read and been given a lot of information lately, some of it contradictory.
This book was very informative and easy to understand and an enjoyable read! I really appreciated the history of the disease and some of it's early treatments
and an overview of the kind of research currently being done. I felt empowered at the end with a greater understanding of the disease and hopeful for my daughter's future. Valuable read.
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My wife was diagnosed with type one diabetes shortly after we were married, when she was 30 years old. It's been five years now and I feel like I still don't have as good a grasp on the disease as I should if I'm going to be a big help to her. So after hearing an interview with the author on the radio, I decided to read this book in order to learn more about the disease and what the prospects are for real life changing treatments and cures for my wife. I also wanted to lean more about the origin of the disease and how best to prevent its manifestation in high risk individuals, seeing as how we have recently had a son who so far has not shown any signs of having it.

I thought the book was fantastic and I promptly made my wife read it (in order to give her some guidance and hope) as well as my parents and in-laws so that all involved in her support system would have a better idea of what we were up against. The book laid out in an easy to understand fashion, the biology and history of the disease, as well as the possible controversial causes, cutting edge treatments and outlook for future cures. All told, the book was very hopeful that a cure or "cure like treatment" could be possible within the next 20 years. That may be in time to save my wife's life and the lives of millions of others. The book also laid out a plan of action to avoid contracting the disease for those who may be genetically susceptible to it. That is extremely valuable to me as I try to protect my son who may be at risk due to my wife's genetics.

I highly recommend this book not only to those who already have diabetes or have a loved one who does, but to everyone else because this disease is spreading at an alarming and unprecedented pace and can strike the perfectly healthy at any time. People should be aware that it's out there and know what to do to avoid it because once you have it, your life will be changed for ever.
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