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By Sharon Moalem

ISBN-10: 0060889667

ISBN-13: 9780060889661

Joining the ranks of recent delusion busters, Dr. Sharon Moalem turns our present figuring out of sickness on its head and demanding situations us to essentially switch the way in which we expect approximately bodies, our healthiness, and our courting to almost some other dwelling factor on the earth. via a clean and fascinating exam of our evolutionary historical past, Dr. Moalem unearths what percentage of the stipulations which are ailments this day truly gave our ancestors a leg up within the survival sweepstakes. yet Survival of the Sickest does not cease there. It is going directly to show simply how little smooth drugs relatively knows approximately human health and wellbeing, and provides a brand new mind set that may aid we all dwell longer, more fit lives.

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By Sharon Moalem

ISBN-10: 0060889667

ISBN-13: 9780060889661

Joining the ranks of recent delusion busters, Dr. Sharon Moalem turns our present figuring out of sickness on its head and demanding situations us to essentially switch the way in which we expect approximately bodies, our healthiness, and our courting to almost some other dwelling factor on the earth. via a clean and fascinating exam of our evolutionary historical past, Dr. Moalem unearths what percentage of the stipulations which are ailments this day truly gave our ancestors a leg up within the survival sweepstakes. yet Survival of the Sickest does not cease there. It is going directly to show simply how little smooth drugs relatively knows approximately human health and wellbeing, and provides a brand new mind set that may aid we all dwell longer, more fit lives.

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In diabetics, the process through which insulin helps the body use glucose is broken, and the sugar in the blood builds up to dangerously high levels. Unmanaged, these abnormal blood sugar levels can lead to rapid dehydration, coma, and death. Even when diabetes is tightly managed, its long-term complications include blindness, heart disease, stroke, and vascular disease that often leads to gangrene and amputation. There are two major types of diabetes, Type 1 and Type 2, commonly called juvenile diabetes and adult-onset diabetes, respectively, because of the age at which each type is usually diagnosed.

A little more than a dozen years after he ran his first marathon in 1984 he set his sights on the Mount Everest of marathons—the Marathon des Sables, a 150-mile race across the Sahara Desert, all brutal heat and endless sand that test endurance runners like nothing else. As he began to train he experienced something he’d never really had to deal with before—physical difficulty. He was tired all the time. His joints hurt. His heart seemed to skip a funny beat. He told his running partner he wasn’t sure he could go on with training, with running at all.

About cold iron, red blood, and neverending ice. It’s a book about survival and creation. It’s a book that wonders why, and a book that asks why not. It’s a book in love with order and a book that craves a little chaos. Most of all, it’s a book about life—yours, ours, and that of every little living thing under the sun. About how we all got here, where we’re all going, and what we can do about it. Welcome to our magical medical mystery tour. WHEN I WAS fifteen years old, my grandfather was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease.

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