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Type 2 Diabetes

A Tardis of a book - small on the outside, but packed full of evidence-based information about diabetes

A Tardis of a book - small on the outside, but packed full of evidence-based information about diabetes

Type 2 Diabetes by Anthony Barnett is a pocket-sized, evidence-based triumph.

This tiny book (it is only 112 pages long) looks like a pamphlet, but is deceptively crammed full of the latest evidence-based information regarding diabetes and its management.

The book consists of eight chapters that are written by experts in that particular field, and covers topics such as the complications and cost of diabetes, cardiovascular risk intervention and the management of glycaemia.

Each chapter is concise, easy to read, and has a useful key points box at the beginning which summarises the main aspects of the chapter.

The book is very much aimed towards health professionals in both primary and secondary care, and highlights the key supporting evidence for the management of this condition.

The chapters are annotated with relevant tables and graphs, which provide a good break from the small print of the text. There are also some useful photographs of diabetic retinopathy, which give a good insight into the stages of diabetic eye disease, despite being in black and white.

I found the chapter on new medications for type 2 diabetes particularly useful, as it is an area that is yet to be fully explored in primary care. There is a brief account of each of the new classes (such as the gliptins), the mechanism of action and an explanation of the supporting evidence.

For a busy GP, or indeed any health professional dealing with such patients, a book such as this provides a quick, at-a-glance update.

The final chapter concentrates on the challenges that health professionals face, and it is a useful reminder that, despite all the clinical evidence for managing patients with diabetes, putting this knowledge into practice can prove difficult and requires a multidisciplinary team approach.

I would recommend this book to all doctors and nurses who are involved with diabetes care.

Dr Tahmeena Farid

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