There are two main types of diabetes and you may not be sure which you have. In general, people with Type 1 diabetes are usually young, develop symptoms quite rapidly and need insulin treatment immediately. In contrast, Type 2 diabetes tends to occur in people who are over thirty and above average weight. The onset tends to be gradual and the initial treatment is through diet and tablets. If your diabetes has been treated this way, this book is for you.
The authors comprehensively answer over 400 questions about every aspect of living with the condition, and their constructive approach will give you all the knowledge you need to deal confidently with your diabetes.
- Up-to-date information on all the available - and forthcoming - medical treatments, including the current situation with Avandia (rosaglitizone)
- Advice on how to achieve the best possible control of your diabetes, working around your daily routine
- Answers to dozens of practical questions about lifestyle, work and holidays
- Guidance on healthy eating, exercise and complementary therapies
About the Author
Dr Charles Fox BM, FRCP is a Consultant Physician with Special Interest in Diabetes at Northampton General Hospital Trust, with over 30 years of experience in diabetes care. he has also co-written the Class Health books Type 1 Diabetes: Answers at your Fingertips (seventh edition) and Diabetes Type 2: Essentials.
Dr Anne Kilvert MD, FRCP is a Consultant Physician with Special Interest in Diabetes at Northampton General Hospital Trust, and is co-author of Type 2 Diabetes: Answer at your fingertips.
Read an Excerpt
If you are reading this, you or someone you know may well have been found to have Type 2 diabetes. Although more and more people are developing this condition, it is often discovered by chance either during a routine medical check-up or following a serious medical condition such as a heart attack. Two problems come together to cause Type 2 diabetes. First, there is a failure to produce enough insulin, and second, there is resistance in the body to the action of this insulin, which is most commonly related to obesity. Many populations have seen a rise in body weightand a decrease in exercise as a result of changes in lifestyle, and this is responsible for the massive global increase in Type 2 diabetes. Diabetes may be present for months or even years before it is discovered, and during this time silent damage may be done to vulnerable parts of the body such as the eyes, heart, kidneys and feet. Efforts are being made to diagnose diabetes at an early stage so that treatment can be introduced to protect people from these complications.
Table of Contents
1. What is diabetes?
2. Treatment without insulin
3. Treatment with insulin
4. Monitoring and control
5. Life with diabetes
6. Sex, contraception and HRT
8. Long-term complications
9. Research and the future
10. Self-help groups
Appendix 1: Publications
Appendix 2: Useful addresses