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Epidemiology of Pediatric and Adolescent Diabetes
Editors: Dabelea, Dana, Klingensmith, Georgeanna J. Bibliograpic Data: (ISBN: 978-1-4200-4797-4, 1st edition, $199.95) 376 pages, hard cover. Publisher: Informa Healthcare/Taylor & Francis. Specialties: Epidemiology, Endocrinology/Metabolic Disease, Pediatrics.
This comprehensive treatment of the epidemiology of diabetes in youth is long overdue. It nicely covers basic epidemiologic features of type 1, type 2, and mixed diabetes in young people while also presenting risk factors and current etiologic hypotheses. The larger public health issues of screening, outcomes, health services research, and potential preventive strategies are included.
To review the epidemiology of diabetes in youth and to present an overview of the current literature. It is remarkable, as diabetes is one of the most prevalent chronic diseases of children, that up until now there has been no reference on this topic. This book fills that void and fulfills the editors' objectives well.
Pediatric residents, fellows, and general pediatricians with an interest in chronic diseases as well as pediatric and public health researchers. The editors have assembled a group representing the foremost experts in the field.
In addition to the presentation of basic public health aspects of childhood type 1 and type 2 diabetes (i.e., incidence, prevalence, secular trends, screening, known risk factors), this book addresses possible strategies for prevention and cure. Several chapters drift away from epidemiology into treatment options. This may reflect the lack of ample research regarding diabetes in youth, and one or more of the authors may have felt the need to digress to fill their chapters sufficiently.
This book is an important contribution in view of the changing epidemiology of childhood diabetes worldwide, specifically the impact of obesity on rates of type 2 and type 1 diabetes incidence. Coverage of the major advances in the genetics of diabetes is commendable.
Rebecca Lipton, PhD, MPH, BSN
(University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine)