The Diabetes Textbook: Clinical Principles, Patient Management and Public Health Issues

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Joel Rodriguez-Saldana
Springer, Jun 27, 2019 - Medical - 1040 pages

Diabetes has become a worldwide health problem, the global estimated prevalence approaches ten percent and the burden of this disease in terms of morbidity and mortality is unprecedented. The advances acquired through the knowledge of the mechanisms of the disease and the variety of therapeutic approaches contrast with the inability of private and public health systems in underdeveloped and even developed countries to achieve the goals of treatment. This paradox has been described in many sources: the surge of scientific advances contrast with an unprecedented amount of human suffering. Thus, a patient centered and an evidence based approach with the capacity to produce measurable clinical and economic outcomes is required.

The purpose of this textbook is multiple: to offer a comprehensive resource covering all aspects of outpatient management; to address diabetes as a health problem from an epidemiological, economic and clinical perspective; to discuss the role of social determinants of health on the worldwide increase in diabetes; to highlight the challenges and obstacles in providing adequate care; and to outline a multidisciplinary approach to management in which medical visits retain their importance as part of a team comprising the patient, his or her family and a multidisciplinary group of health professionals who are able to move beyond the traditional approach of diabetes as a disease and greatly improve outcomes.


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Preface A New Disease?
Magnitude of the Problem from an Individual and Social Context
Diagnosis Classification and Mechanisms of Disease
Examples of Global Experiences in Diabetes Care
Basic Components of Management Patient Centeredness EvidenceBased Medicine and Outcomes Challenges for Implementation
Resources of Support for Persons with Diabetes
Drug Therapy
Cardiovascular Risk Factors
Diabetes and Smoking The Burden of Evidence
Acute Complications
Chronic Complications
Diabetes in Special Populations
Novel Therapeutic Approaches EvidenceBased and Others

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Dr. Joel Rodriguez-Saldaņa is a certified internist and diabetologist. He was professor of Medicine at the National University of Mexico (UNAM) from 1980 to 2002 and was previously appointed to several professional positions in secondary and tertiary care hospitals in Mexico City. Starting in 1990 he has devoted to develop and implement an effective model of outpatient diabetes care. Since 1995 he has been associated with the International Diabetes Center from Minneapolis to implement Staged Diabetes Management, a structured program devoted to improve the quality of diabetes care. As head of research from 2001 to 2007 in Hidalgo, Mexico, Dr. Rodriguez-Saldaņa devised and implemented the state’s diabetes program, in 2007 he developed and implemented the national diabetes program at ISSSTE, a social security institution that delivers health care to government employees in Mexico and in 2008 he received a grant from Instituto Carlos Slim de Salud to implement and pilot test the Chronic Disease Model for prevention and management of diabetes and cardiovascular risk factors with unprecedented levels of effectiveness in Mexico. Dr. Rodriguez-Saldaņa was the former medical president of the Mexican Diabetes Federation and his professional memberships include the American College of Physicians, the American Heart Association, and the American Association of Diabetes Educators. He has delivered lectures on diabetes, cardiovascular risk factors and geriatrics in Mexico, the United States, Canada and South Africa. He has received 35 professional awards, including the first “Donell D. Etzwiler” for achievements in diabetes care, the Pan-American Health Organization, and the American Association of Diabetes Educators. He has co-authored 10 books and guidelines about diabetes, and has published 31 articles in Mexican and international peer reviewed journals. Since 2003 he is the General Director of REMEDI and has established Multidisciplinary Diabetes Centers in Mexico City, Pachuca and Reynosa and a statewide program in Tlaxcala, devoted to improve the quality of health care in Mexico and Latin America through outpatient diabetes care, continuing medical education, and clinical research.

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