Now in paperback—the controversial expose of the causes and treatments of diabetes, revised and updated.
“Diabetes Rising takes on the fastest-growing disease in history with a take-no-prisoner’s attitude. Not willing to live with the enemy, Dan Hurley wants to kill it in its crib.”
—Chris Matthews, Host of MSNBC’s Hardball with Chris Matthews
In Diabetes Rising, investigative journalist Dan Hurley chronicles the modern diabetes epidemic: how the disease has grown so dramatically, why the American Diabetes Association focuses its attention on just a small handful of available treatments, and why the research being done today does not look beyond accepted types of treatments.
With ground-breaking research and compelling stories told through an investigative, historical, and narrative lens, Diabetes Rising offers riveting insight into the struggle between a persistent malady and the medical community’s ongoing search for answers. Just as Eric Schlosser’s Fast Food Nation uncovered the sordid details leading to an epidemic of obesity, Dan Hurley uncovers the hidden truths about diabetes, including what is being researched and what is not.
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About the Author
Dan Hurley is a science writer and journalist who regularly contributes to The New York Times Science Times. He also writes for numerous medical newspapers, including Neurology Today (the newspaper of the American Academy of Neurology), Gastroenterology and Endoscopy News, Pharmacy Practice News, General Surgery News, and others. He has been senior writer at the Medical Tribune and contributing editor to Psychology Today, where his article on the violent mentally ill won the American Society of Journalists and Authors’ award for investigative journalism in 1995. He is the former Vice President of the American Society of Journalists and Authors.
He is also the author of Natural Causes: Death, Lies, and Politics in America's Vitamin and Herbal Supplement Industry and The 60-Second Novelist: What 22,613 People Taught Me About Life.
Table of Contents
Part 1 The Rising
1 Pissing Evil 3
From Ancient Times to the Discovery of Insulin
2 Two Steps Back 23
Deaths Continue Rising Despite Insulin and Pills: 1923-1975
3 Try Harder 43
The Rise of Tight Control for Type 1: 1975 to the Present Day
4 The Sweetest Place on Earth 65
Type 2 Reaches Unimagined Heights: 1984 to the Present Day
Part 2 The Reasons
5 The Accelerator Hypothesis 91
Weight Gain as the Missing Link Between Type 1 and Type 2
6 The Cow's Milk Hypothesis 109
Does Baby Formula in the First Months of Life Set off an Immune Attack?
7 The POP Hypothesis 127
The Risks of Persistent Organic Pollutants
8 The Sunshine Hypothesis 145
How Too Little Sun, and Too Little Vitamin D, Might Raise Diabetes Risk
9 The Hygiene Hypothesis 161
The Icky Benefits of Dirt, Germs, and Worms
Part 3 The Remedies
10 The Computer Cure 181
The Quest for an Artificial Pancreas
11 The Surgical Cure 207
Can Bariatric Surgery Stop Type 2 in Its Tracks?
12 The Biological Cure 229
The Search for a Pill that Cures Type 1, Once and for All
13 The Public Health Cure 245
Prevention Is the Ultimate Key to Ending the Diabetes Pandemic
Afterword to the Revised Edition 267
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I would recommend this book to someone who wants an overview of where we have been and where we are today on understanding and treating diabetes. Easy to read and full of information.
I stayed awake late into the night reading this book, and finished it off by the middle of the afternoon the next day. The writing is that good. Now, here's the thing: I don't have diabetes, and neither does anybody in my immediate family, so my interest is due to the book itself. What I find so compelling about Hurley's perspective is the way that it grabs you and makes you look at this as 1) A major public health crisis, 2) a significant impact on the lives and deaths of people living with the disease, and 3) (most worrying) something that we don't really understand. If you're complacent about this, and you think it could never happen to you, have a read of this book. Even if it doesn't hit you personally, it matters. It matters a lot.