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ISBN: 978-1-60327-452-4. Copyright: 2009. Edition: 1st. Editor: Christos S. Mantzoros, MD, DSc. Specialties: Endocrinology/Metabolic Disease, Nutrition. Publisher: Humana Press, Inc. List Price: $129.00
Internationally recognized experts comprehensively review our current understanding of ways that nutrition interacts with genetic and environmental factors, including physical activity or the lack thereof, to result in insulin resistance and the metabolic syndrome.
To provide scientific and clinical concepts for (a) diagnosis, evaluation, and medical management of obesity, metabolic syndrome, and diabetes; and (b) nutritional recommendations and interventions.
Both practicing physicians and scientists will benefit.
The book initially considers genetics and pathophysiology. Next, it presents a public health perspective of the most prevalent problems associated with nutrition and the metabolic syndrome. A number of chapters detail the genetics and pathophysiology of obesity, the metabolic syndrome, and the regulation of energy homeostasis. The book closes by considering clinical assessment and management of the main disease states associated with inappropriate nutrition and the metabolic syndrome. Finally, the appendix offers the reader an up-to-date and authoritative review of the major scientific and clinical areas that are common to both nutrition and metabolism.
All authors are experts in the field. Many of the chapters are written or cowritten by the editor of the book, who is an internationally recognized authority. Thus, Dr. Mantzoros' involvement limits duplication that is occasionally a problem in multiauthored books. The text is written at an appropriate level. I found these chapters to be well written, informative, and highly enjoyable. Excellent discussions provide a public health perspective on these topics, which lead to a section about nutritional recommendations and to one about clinical assessment and management. The illustrations are well done, but the number should be increased in future editions.
Ronald Cohen, MD
(University of Chicago Medical Center Chicago, IL)