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Fast Facts: Diabetes Mellitus, 5th edn

By Katherine Samaras and
Ian N Scobie

Published 2014

136 pages, 33 illustrations

ISBN 978-1-908541-55-0



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Now in its fifth edition, Fast Facts: Diabetes Mellitus continues to grow in popularity as essential reading for all healthcare professionals. As well as providing a practical approach to the causes and clinical manifestations of types 1 and 2 diabetes, it is packed with information on early detection, and comprehensive details of the latest drug therapies, insulin regimens, delivery methods and injection sites. Importantly, this effective handbook provides simple clear messages to give to your patients to maximize their self-management skills.

All healthcare professionals can have a significant life-altering effect on the health outcomes and quality of life of people living with diabetes, and this is the ideal update on current practice for primary care providers, specialist nurses, students of medicine and nursing, educators, pharmacists, allied health professionals and doctors of all specialties in training, as well as specialists in other fields who regularly see patients with diabetes.

And one for your patients too. "The public increasingly desire being kept informed and abreast of diabetes care. I actively encourage it, since an informed and engaged patient is more easily kept within treatment targets," says Dr Katherine Samaras (author). So we encourage you to make your patients well-informed active partners in their diabetes care by sharing this highly readable book with them.


  • Epidemiology
  • Diagnosis
  • Type 1 diabetes mellitus
  • Type 2 diabetes mellitus
  • Other types of diabetes mellitus
  • Treatment of type 1 diabetes mellitus
  • Treatment of type 2 diabetes mellitus
  • Diet and physical activity
  • Complications and mental health considerations
  • Hypoglycemia
  • Diabetic ketoacidosis and hyperosmolar hyperglycemic state
  • Pregnancy and diabetes
  • Useful resources

"... an excellent review of the basics of diabetes mellitus. It is a good read for medical students and motivated patients."
Dr Colleen Majewski, University of Chicago Medical Center, USA,
for Doody's Review Service, May 2014

"This is a really useful and insightful review of the active management of diabetes, a disease that, unchecked, is set to cripple the world's economies."
Dr Adam Carey, Chief Executive Officer, Corperformance, Feb 2014

"Patients and healthcare professionals share the challenge of managing diabetes and preventing complications. This authoritative yet concise book points everyone in the right direction."
Sir Ranulph Fiennes, Explorer, UK, Feb 2014

"As a cardiologist, I need facts fast and this summary of diabetes meets both requirements admirably. Bravo!" Professor Allan Sniderman, McGill University, Canada, Feb 2014

"A very well-informed patient came recently to clinic. When I pointed this out to him he withdrew from his bag a copy of Fast Facts!" Dr Ian N Scobie, Author, June 2013

“An aesthetically pleasing handbook that will be particularly useful for the visual learner … appropriate for students, housestaff officers, and clinicians who treat patients with diabetes”
Rebecca Brown, MD, University of Chicago Medical Center for Doody’s Review Service [on 4th edn]

'I devoured it in one reading. Very good. It gave me some extra information I didn't have.'
Newly diagnosed 48-year-old patient


The authors

Katherine Samaras

MBBS PHD FRACP Associate Professor, The University of New South Wales; Senior Staff Specialist, St Vincent's Hospital; Head, Diabetes and Obesity Clinical Group Garvan Institute of Medical Research, Darlinghurst, New South Wales

Take a look at Dr Samaras' TEDx Lecture Starve to Survive, in which she focuses on obesity as a healthcare priority and asks 'Do we have an obligation to stop people eating too much?' and 'Is it time to ban high-sugar foods?'

Ian N Scobie

MD FRCP Consultant Endocrinologist, Medway Maritime Hospital, Gillingham, Kent and Honorary Senior Lecturer, King's College London School of Medicine, London, UK


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