Cheating Destiny by James S. Hirsch
Living With Diabetes, America's Biggest Epidemic

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We are a diabetic nation: according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one in three Americans born in this century will become diabetic. James Hirsch’s myth-shattering blend of history, reportage, advocacy, and memoir will speak for, and to, the 20 million Americans who live with this disease. Cheating Destiny offers revealing views of the diabetic subculture, the urge toward secrecy that many diabetics feel, the glycemic rollercoaster they ride constantly, and the remarkable perseverance—even heroism—required for survival.

Hirsch is uniquely qualified to write this book. An award-winning journalist and best-selling author, he has lived with type 1 diabetes for twenty-five years. His brother Irl, also a diabetic, is one of the country’s leading diabetologists. Most poignantly, he knows firsthand the toll diabetes can take on parents: his three-year-old son was diagnosed with the disease while Hirsch was writing this book.

Hirsch draws on all this expertise to craft an incisive, surprising portrayal of the fascinating science behind the disease and the skyrocketing impact of diabetes on our economy and society. Most striking is his candid, authoritative writing about the psychological and emotional hurdles that diabetics confront every day. Anyone who lives with diabetes—or loves a diabetic—will find here an empowering voice of empathy.
 

About James S. Hirsch

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James S. Hirsch is a former reporter for the "New York Times" & the "Wall Street Journal." He lives in Needham, Massachusetts.
 
Published November 8, 2006 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 320 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Health, Fitness & Dieting. Non-fiction

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A character-driven account, written with barely controlled anger, of what diabetes is, what it is like to be diabetic and how and why the medical community is failing to deal effectively with this widespread and as-yet-incurable condition.

Nov 08 2006 | Read Full Review of Cheating Destiny: Living With...

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Hirsch, who has lived with Type 1 diabetes for 25 years, has crafted an incisive, surprising portrayal of the science behind the disease and the impact it has on the economy and society.

Nov 23 2006 | Read Full Review of Cheating Destiny: Living With...

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