From the Series USA TODAY Health Reports: Diseases and Disorders

  • Interest Level: Grade 6 - Grade 12
  • Reading Level: Grade 8

Heart disease, hypertension, nerve damage, vision problems, liver damage…These are some of the complications of diabetes―a chronic and growing disease in which the body cannot use sugar properly. Worldwide, health experts estimate that cases of the disease have rocketed from 30 million to 230 million in recent years. In the United States, more than 23 million children and adults—nearly 8% of the population—have diabetes. “Diabetes is this massive tidal wave hitting the country,” reports USA TODAY, the Nation’s No. 1 newspaper.

In this book, you’ll read case studies of people living with diabetes and follow the diagnoses, medical interventions, and lifestyle changes that help bring the disease under control. You’ll learn about the history of the disease and factors driving its increased prevalence. And you’ll discover what the risk factors and treatment options are so you and your friends and family can avoid contracting diabetes and support those who do have it.

Format Your Price Add
Interest Level Grade 6 - Grade 12
Reading Level Grade 8
Genre Science
Copyright 2012
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Twenty-First Century Books ™
Language English
Number of Pages 128
Publication Date 2011-08-01
BISACS JNF024020, JNF051030
Dewey 616.4'62
Graphics Full-color illustrations
Dimensions 6.125 x 9
Features Bibliography/further reading, Glossary, Index, Reviewed, Sidebars, Source notes, Table of contents, Teaching Guides, and eSource


Science Books & Films

“This book provides fundamental information about the history, types, available treatments, and complications of diabetes. This is an important endeavor from the author will be very helpful for patients and others who are looking for basic information about diabetes…. This is a very useful book, which is highly recommended for school and public libraries.” —Science Books & Films


“The USA TODAY Health Reports: Diseases and Disorders series adds five new titles to bring its offerings to a total of sixteen. One of the new volumes, Diabetes, provides an up-to-date overview of a disease that is reaching epidemic proportions among young people. From how it is detected to how people control their blood sugar on a day-to-day basis, Brill is practical but friendly in her presentation of information and advice, noting that ‘in the end, the patient is the most important person on the [diabetes] care team. . . . It’s up to you to take charge of your treatment.’ She also interviews several teens diagnosed with diabetes, and their input enlivens the text. New developments, such as the use of an infrared thermometer to detect possible infection in the feet, will be of interest to teens researching the disease on behalf of themselves, a loved one, or a school project. In STDs, Yancey writes in a straightforward manner about sexually transmitted diseases, opening with the profiles of several teens coping with an STD. With no interviews cited in the back matter, it is assumed that these are fictional teens. Quotes from actual young people (including middle schoolers and more than one LGBTQ teen) would increase the book’s teen appeal and lighten its sometimes formal tone. The causes, symptoms, and treatments of the main STDs, however, are thoroughly covered, from the emotional side effects of genital herpes to the dangers of ordering an HIV home sample collection kit online (there is only one FDA-approved kit). Both books prominently feature the USA TODAY brand on the page footers, graphs and charts, and articles pulled ‘From the pages of USA TODAY.’ Though a reader may benefit from seeing these articles in the subject context, some date as far back as 2000 and interrupt the flow and layout of the text. Teen readers seeking health information on their own may find more appeal in a book such as Sex: A Book for Teens: An Uncensored Guide to Your Body, Sex, and Safety, by Nikol Hasler, but students, teachers, and librarians looking to supplement health textbooks with current information will find this series valuable. Other new titles in this series include Leukemia, Allergies, and Obesity.” —VOYA

Author: Marlene Targ Brill

Marlene is an award-winning author of almost 70 titles for readers preschool through adult. She began writing while teaching children with disabilities, producing materials to help her students learn. With time, the desire to write grew stronger. Soon she was writing for a variety of formats—magazines, internet, newspapers, scripts, books, and textbooks for readers of all ages. Yet, she never forgets where the dream of writing originated—through work with children. She is drawn back into classrooms to share the wonders of research and writing, and, of course, reading books.

Lerner eSource™ offers free digital teaching and learning resources, including Common Core State Standards (CCSS) teaching guides. These guides, created by classroom teachers, offer short lessons and writing exercises that give students specific instruction and practice using Common Core skills and strategies. Lerner eSource also provides additional resources including online activities, downloadable/printable graphic organizers, and additional educational materials that would also support Common Core instruction. Download, share, pin, print, and save as many of these free resources as you like!

USA TODAY Health Reports: Diseases and Disorders

Developed in partnership with USA TODAY, one of the most read newspapers in the world and the No. 1 newspaper in the United States, this easy-to-read medical series focuses on some of today’s most topical diseases, disorders, and… View available downloads →