Textbook of Diabetes 5th Edition
It is seven years since the last edition of the Textbook of Diabetes was published and despite many advances in the understanding of diabetes and its treatment over that time, the management of diabetes still remains a major global burden for people with diabetes, their families, and the wider society in which they live.
Whereas the global prevalence of diabetes according to the International Diabetes Federation affected 246 million people in 2010, the current estimate is 415 million and is projected to rise further. One in 10 of the world’s population has diabetes and one person dies because of diabetes every 6 seconds. Twelve percent of global health expenditure is spent on diabetes. The challenge to people with diabetes and their healthcare professionals has never been greater.
Despite the ever-increasing numbers, better management is starting to pay dividends. The outlook for those with diabetes appears to be improving, at least in high income countries where an individual’s risk of developing complications and losing years to diabetes is falling. If the variation between the best and worst care could be obliterated,muchmorbidity andmortality would be prevented.
Ironically, as the volume of information and the vast numbers of resources available in this digital age have increased, many are finding it overwhelming to keep abreast of the new advances. It is particularly challenging to determine the validity of many source materials. In this textbook, we aimto bring together a series of upto- date chapters from an international group of leading diabetes specialists who provide accurate and clinically relevant information to both academic and practicing diabetes healthcare professionals. Having the key information in one volumestill has itsmerits, and this is further enhanced by online access and searchability. The editors have retained the structure from the previous edition, with a similar length and number of chapters. We begin with a history of diabetes that provides many valuable insights from the past. The book then takes us through the epidemiology of diabetes, the physiology and pathogenesis of diabetes before moving onto management. We have taken a broad view in these sections recognizing that diabetes management encompasses so muchmore than drug therapy alone.Adiscussion of themicrovascular and macrovascular complications then follows before a new section on the psychosocial aspects of diabetes. Different models of care as well as the management of diabetes in special groups are included before the final section looks into the future. There are new chapters on the biology of glucagon, the microbiome and diabetes, cancer, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, and end-of-life care. These additions reflect the advances in our understanding of diabetes, its management, and have implications for a variety of related disorders.
As editors, we are only too aware of the hard work that goes into the production of a comprehensive and up-to-date book such as this. Our thanks go to each and every chapter author, who, despite busy academic and professional lives, were prepared to devote the time, energy, and expertise to provide their essential contributions to the text. Thankyou for your forbearanceof our nagging e-mails!
We are also grateful for the immense help we have received from our publisher, Wiley-Blackwell. Our commissioning editor, Priyanka Gibbons, who took over from Oliver Walter, during the book’s development, has provided guidance, encouragement, and support.Our thanks also go toGillWhitleywho kept themomentum going when Rob Blundell left, and to the rest of the production team. The book looks even better than the last edition!
We hope you enjoy reading the book, whether it be dipping in or reading from cover to cover, as much as we did editing it. We have all taken away useful novel information that will aid our daily professional lives and we hope that this book will help you to support those with diabetes in thewidest sense of this meaning.
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