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

Dan Hurley

Written by award-winning investigative journalist Dan Hurley, Diabetes Rising is a gripping expose of the quest for a cure for the disease that afflicts hundreds of millions of people around the world. Hurley chronicles today’s 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 doesn’t look beyond accepted types of treatments. Just as Eric Schlosser’s Fast Food Nation uncovered the sordid details leading to an epidemic of obesity, Dan Hurley uncovers the hidden truths of what is being researched—and even more importantly, what is not. Diabetes Rising explores both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes, one of the leading causes of deaths in the United States. With ground-breaking research and compelling stories seen through an investigative, historical, and narrative lens, Diabetes Rising couples big-picture insight with intimate reporting. The book yields riveting insight into the struggle between the pervasive malady and the medical community’s ongoing search for answers. Informed but not dominated by the author’s own experience as a Type 1 diabetic, Diabetes Rising grants exclusive access to new studies, innovative treatments, and determined patients. Hurley’s sharp, entertaining, and provocative read will change how readers understand diabetes, and the cultures, conditions, and medical climates in which it thrives.

Author Dan Hurley was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at age 18, and his book Diabetes Rising is more about type 1 than type 2 — a refreshing perspective for those of us who have type 1 diabetes in our families. Diabetes Rising is broken into three parts: The Rising, The Reasons, and the Remedies. In The Rising, Hurley tracks the unprecedented increase in both type 1 and type 2 diabetes in modern times (the real focus is type 1 — not type 2). In The Reasons, he explores five hypotheses under study today, including hygeine, vitamin D, and pollution. And in The Remedies, Hurley reviews four paths to cure — or better treat — type 1 and type 2 diabetes, including the artificial pancreas project. Diabetes Rising is very well written and is a must-have for families living with type 1 diabetes. Highly Recommended.

Published by Kaplan Publishing, 2010. ISBN 1-60714-458-1. 312 pages, hardcover. $26.95.2010

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