Type 2 Diabetes

Social and Scientific Origins, Medical Complications and Implications for Patients and Others

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About the Book

Type 2 diabetes afflicts 250 million people worldwide, creating life-threatening and debilitating health effects. Written from a surgeon’s perspective, this book is designed to provide information on the physical and socioeconomic underpinnings of the disease, as well as causes and complications based on case histories. It includes suggestions to avoid or delay the onset of the disease, and to minimize complications for those already afflicted.

About the Author(s)

Andrew Kagan, M.D., F.A.C.S., is a retired general/vascular surgeon who practiced and taught at the Hackensack University Medical Center, a major teaching facility at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. He has provided material for surgical texts, published in medical literature, and holds a patent for a blood-flow monitor. He currently is the in-house volunteer surgeon at the Bergen Volunteer Medical Initiative in New Jersey.

Bibliographic Details

Andrew Kagan, M.D.
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 238
Bibliographic Info: 16 illustrations, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2010
pISBN: 978-0-7864-4542-4
eISBN: 978-0-7864-5696-3
Imprint: McFarland
Series: McFarland Health Topics

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments      vii

Foreword by Henry J. Heimlich, M.D.      1

Foreword by Edward Asner      3

Preface      5

Introduction      7

PART ONE: THE SOCIAL AND SCIENTIFIC BASIS OF DIABETES

1. The Newly Diagnosed Diabetic: The Case of Gary Lutton      17

2. Genes, the Environment, and Type 2 diabetes      39

3. Why Obesity Leads to Type 2 Diabetes      54

PART TWO: THE COMPLICATIONS OF DIABETES AND HOW TO AVOID THEM

4. Gestational Diabetes: The Case of Lucky Lydia Lang      73

5. Neuropathy, the Most Common Diabetic Complication      84

6. Peripheral Vascular Disease: The Case of Annie Walker      94

7. Heart Disease: The Case of Gloria Nutter      147

8. Kidney Failure: The Case of Bill Murphy      160

9. Carotid Artery Disease and Stroke: The Case of Mr. Crowe      175

10. Diabetes, Impaired Vision, and Blindness      195

11. Diabetes, Oral Health, and the Surgeon      200

12. The Unique Problem of Type 2 Diabetes in the Elderly      203

13. Catastrophe or Cure      206

Notes      211

Bibliography      219

Index      225

Book Reviews & Awards

“A highly readable account of case studies which inform us on the dramatic complications of this insidious disease, but also, most importantly, suggests how the patient, their families and their healthcare professionals can save life and limb by learning how to avoid and mitigate these complications—by a leading surgeon in this field who has observed all the avoidable mistakes. Diabetic?… Be enlightened!”—Edward Asner, Actor