Diabetes: Sugar-Coated Crisis
241 Pages
English

Diabetes: Sugar-Coated Crisis

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241 Pages
English

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Type 2 diabetes is a social pandemic caused by toxic environments - high in stress and sugar, low in opportunities to exercise or feel good about yourself - and a lack of power. Millions are suffering and being blamed for it; communities devastated; health systems bankrupted.

Diabetes: Sugar-Coated Crisis describes the social sources of the toxic environment, covering deeper causes, too: the stress and inequality built into our modern culture, the traumas and loss of community that make people vulnerable to illness. It reveals the medical mistreatment of diabetes - from kicking diabetics off medical insurance to underfunding diabetes education, from over-emphasizing drugs to giving corporate-influenced dietary advice.

Social diseases require social solutions. Social approaches focus on empowering people to take better care of themselves, bringing people together for mutual support, and changing the environment that causes illness. The first book to bring to life effective social approaches to wellness, this book:

  • reports success stories from communities around the world
  • highlights creative and effective medical programs developed by groundbreaking health care providers
  • describes ways that individual self-care plus family and community involvement, combined with health care system support, can control chronic illness, change environments, and transform people's lives, and
  • includes valuable diabetes self-care tips and resources.

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Published 01 November 2006
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EAN13 9781550923742
Language English

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ADVANCEPRAISE FOR Diabetes: Sugar-Coated Crisis
Eloquent and thought-provoking. — RICHARDRUBIN, PhD, author ofPsyching Out Diabetes, and American Diabetes Association President for Health Care and Education
With deep understanding, intelligence and passion, David Spero shines a bright light on the social and environmental determinants that underlie diabetes and other chronic illnesses. David, a highly effective clinician, peer counselor and coach, also inspires, empowers and encourages readers to take actions to promote personal well-being as well as actions that will improve the lives of others. — MICHAELG. GOLDSTEIN, MD, Associate Director, Clinical Education and Research, Institute for Healthcare Communication
Diabetes: Sugar-Coated Crisishad to be written. It proves we can transcend the standard medical model characterized by brilliant science applied without wisdom. In David Spero’s book, human wisdom supports science, and science serves not only medical but also social truth. — DR. GABORMATÉ, from the foreword
David Spero has struck the right note in taking readers through a tour of how poverty and public policy have contributed to the deadly epidemic of diabetes.
— DORIANEMILLERMD, National Program Director, Quality Allies: Improving Care by Engaging Patients, a program of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement
We read almost daily about the diabetes epidemic, and we know about the ever-increasing rates of obesity. But Spero digs far deeper to see what is behind this epidemic — how our social environment and economic distribution are prominent causes. We need to address these issues at all levels, if we are to improve lives and health. Spero’s book clearly and powerfully speaks to how we can do this. — LAURIEFRANCIS, MPH, Chief Executive Officer, Community Health Partners
A compelling and inspiring resource for people, communities, and health systems struggling with diabetes and other chronic conditions. — DR. AMERICABRACHO, MPH, CDE, President and CEO, Latino Health Access
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Cover design by Diane McIntosh. Photo: Alamy/Comstock
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Contents
Acknowledgements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .x.i . Foreword,byGaborMaté....................xi.ii Introduction..............................1... Prologue: Diabetes 101 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7. .
Part I — A ProŠt-Driven Plague . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .13. 1.DiabetesasaSocialDisease....................15. 2. Toxic Environment: Stress and Inequality . . . . . . . . .27 3.ToxicEnvironment:FoodandInactivity..........39 4. The Medical System: Friends and Enemies . . . . . . . . .53
Part II — Health as a Movement . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7.7 5. From Shame to Strength . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8.1. 6.Self-CareasaPoliticalAct.....................93. 7. Strength in Numbers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1.0.7 8. Taking it to the Streets . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1.2.1 9. The Movement Takes Shape . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .13.5 10. Diabetes as a Turning Point . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .15.1
Appendix A: Self-Care . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1.57. Appendix B: Resource List . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .18.1 Notes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1.8.9. . Index . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2.1.6. . About the Author . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2.23.