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Social Solutions For Diabetes

Diabetes: Sugar Coated Crisis: Who Gets it, Who Profits, and How to Stop it by David Spero, RN

Diabetes: Sugar Coated Crisis, deals with a crucial health issue which is often ignored-the subject of power. Spero does more than document the social dynamics that drive the diabetes epidemic-he proposes solutions from which both patients and medical caregivers will benefit. Spero believes Type 2 diabetes isn't so much an illness as a racket, forced upon people with less power by those with more power. The author calls Type 2 diabetes a social disease caused by environments high in stress and sugar, low in opportunities to move or feel good about ourselves.

Spero, a nurse for 32 years, has lived with multiple sclerosis for 25 years. He specializes in self-care-helping people help themselves. The author knows firsthand that people's health flows from the quality and difficulty of their lives. "People get sick because their lives are hard, the environment is unhealthy, and they lack the power to respond effectively."

The author begins his book with Diabetes 101, an overview of the disease: Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes, who is predisposed to it and why, who lives well with it and who suffers and how media and mainstream medicine overlook its most important causes. Spero reveals the medical mistreatment of diabetes, from excluding diabetics from medical insurance to underfunding diabetes education. We read about the injustices, but we also learn about the many success stories and effective medical programs taking place in communities around the world. A special section (appendix) includes valuable diabetic self-care tips and resources.

Spero gives life to effective social approaches that halt the epidemics of diabetes and other long-term conditions. This is a book for nurses, patients, communities, and health care systems struggling with diabetes. Diabetic: Sugar Coated Crisis takes readers through a powerful and moving tour of how poverty and public policy have contributed to the deadly epidemic of diabetes.

New Society Publishers
$13.00 (paperback)