Diabetes Rising: How a Rare Disease Became a Modern Pandemic, and What to Do About It

Diabetes Rising: How a Rare Disease Became a Modern Pandemic, and What to Do About It

by Dan Hurley


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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.


Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781607148302
Publisher: Kaplan Publishing
Publication date: 02/01/2011
Edition description: Original
Pages: 344
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.88(h) x 0.92(d)

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

Foreword ix

Prologue xiii

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

Conclusion 263

Afterword to the Revised Edition 267

Acknowledgments 273

Endnotes 277

Index 307

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Diabetes Rising: How a Rare Disease Became a Modern Pandemic, and What to Do About It 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
onthequest on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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.
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