Medicine » Endocrinology and Metabolism

Pathophysiology and Complications of Diabetes Mellitus

Edited by Oluwafemi O. Oguntibeju, ISBN 978-953-51-0833-7, 136 pages, Publisher: InTech, Chapters published November 14, 2012 under CC BY 3.0 license
DOI: 10.5772/3460
Edited Volume

Diabetes mellitus is a complex, progressive disease, which is accompanied by multiple complications. It is a metabolic disorder of the endocrine system and listed among the most common disorders in both developed and developing countries. It has a global metabolic epidemic and it is estimated that the number of people affected by the disease will rise from the current 150 to 230 million by 2025. Hyperglycaemia is a characteristic feature of diabetes mellitus and chronic hyperglycaemia could lead to long-term complications in the eyes, kidneys, nerves, heart and blood vessels. Interestingly, this book examines the pathophysiology and selected complications in diabetes mellitus.