September 19, 2019
Diabetes in America: A Go-To Resource on Diabetes and its Complications

Diabetes in America: A Go-To Resource on Diabetes and its Complications


Diabetes in America was written to serve as
the go-to book for everything you ever wanted to know about diabetes, but were afraid to
ask. It’s sort of the Wikipedia of diabetes. It is very, very comprehensive. It is data rich. We wanted Diabetes in America to appeal to
a broad range of people. They could be people with diabetes who want
to know a little bit more about their condition. There could be, it could be people who are
clinicians who want to advise their patients and confer with their patients about next
steps and best treatment. It could be health policy planners in trying
to plan best medical care, and also for researchers who really want to know the gaps in research. There are some surprising facts that have
come out in Diabetes in America. So, hearing loss is much higher in people
with diabetes compared to those without. Periodontal disease, there’s a chapter on
oral health, there is much more gum disease in people with diabetes compared to those
without, which is responsible for tooth loss. There is a higher rate of urinary incontinence,
erectile dysfunction, of dementia, of depression. We have separate chapters on the genetics
of type one diabetes, the genetics of type two diabetes, because there’s been such expansion
in these areas over the last 20 years. This is not just a chart book, it’s not just
tables and figures. There are pages and pages of explanation and
observations that illustrate the points that are being shown in the figures and the tables. There are figures that can be downloaded for
people to use in slides, researchers can use them. Researchers should think of it as the basic
place to go, the spring board, for further things they want to ask. So for this, they’re going to get a comprehensive
view of a particular topic in diabetes that they may be interested in. And from that, they will go to PubMed for
example, and get more specific information, more detailed information, that is more focused. So there have been many, many individuals
who have contributed to Diabetes in America. This was really a 10-year effort. And I really want to thank every individual
because it wouldn’t be the product that it is were it not for all of the group effort.

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