Coping with Type 2 Diabetes (Overcoming Common Problems)

Coping with Type 2 Diabetes (Overcoming Common Problems)

by SusanElliot-Wright (Author)

Synopsis

Diabetes is an epidemic. Some 2 million people in the UK today have diagnosed diabetes, 90 per cent of them having Type 2 (non-insulin-dependent) diabetes. At least a million more - 'the missing million' - are thought to have undiagnosed diabetes. In the US, diabetes affects more than 18 million, 5 million undiagnosed. This growing global health problem is expected to present one of the 21st century's biggest medical challenges, with a huge increase in worldwide numbers forecast to 200 million from the current 150 million. In type 2 diabetes, either the body does not produce enough insulin, or the cells ignore the insulin, necessary to process sugar, the basic fuel for body cells. Symptoms include excess thirst, passing large amounts of urine, tiredness, weight loss, and feeling generally unwell. Complications can include increased risk of heart disease, stroke and poor circulation; eye and vision problems; kidney damage; nerve damage; serious foot problems; and impotence. This book looks at the management of diabetes in a positive and practical way. Subjects covered include: difference between Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes; causes; diagnosis; treatment - diet, exercise, insulin, complementary therapies; contraception and pregnancy; living with diabetes - feelings, social life, relationships, eating out; and myths and misconceptions.

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Format: Paperback
Pages: 120
Edition: 1
Publisher: Sheldon Press
Published: 17 Feb 2006

ISBN 10: 0859699617
ISBN 13: 9780859699617

Author Bio
Susan Elliot-Wright is a freelance journalist who has written for women's magazines about a variety of health issues.