Diabetes & Laboratory Medicine


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Janet Smith and Malcolm Nattrass
Copyright: 2004
Pages: 176
ISBN: 0902429310
Product ID: 3225

It can be argued that diabetes mellitus is the disease that best demonstrates the inter-relationship between biochemistry and metabolic medicine. The consequences of an absolute or relative deficiency of insulin profoundly affect intermediary metabolism, leading to acute metabolic crises and long-term medical complications. The aim of this book is to explore the role of the laboratory in the diagnosis and management of diabetes and its complications, as well as to explain the fundamental changes to the biochemical pathways and how they are manifested clinically. Actual clinical cases are incorporated to illustrate this. There are chapters on the etiology, diagnosis, and management of diabetes, as well as hyperglycemic comas, hypoglycemia, and diabetes in pregnancy. The book is timely with the recent release of the United Kingdom National Service Frameworks for diabetes.

Specific chapters cover:
  • The etiology of diabetes
  • The pathophysiology of diabetes
  • Diagnosis of diabetes
  • Management of diabetes
  • Hyperglycemia coma
  • The biochemistry of diabetic complications
  • The role of clinical biochemistry in the diabetes clinic
  • The management of diabetes in pregnancy
  • Hypoglycemia