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Diabetes is all about sugar. And for the millions of people worldwide who live with one of the two forms of the disease, diabetes also is all about understanding causes, symptoms, treatments, and the importance of diet and exercise. Among medical conditions, few diseases have been shown to affect every part of the person. Diabetes claims that reputation, making knowledge the best medicine for thriving with – not just surviving – this common mind and body health challenge.
A diagnosis of diabetes may send shivers through the patient, ripples that reach out to family, friends, associates, acquaintances, and folks who'll someday cross paths – personally or professionally. Diabetes For Dummies speaks to anyone who wants to know what the disease will mean in their own or someone else's experience, from the first moment when the word darts out of the doctor's mouth through all the ups and down of a long and satisfying life. This down-to-earth, compassionate guide gives you the nitty-gritty on wa ys to
- Prevent and manage diabetes
- Choose the best treatment plan
- Find the right practitioner
- Build a support team
- Stick to an effective diet program
- Locate additional help online
A healthy supply of knowledge and insight can help you face the facts of diabetes, a major medical condition surrounded by myth and personal opinion – some well-founded and some, well, fabricated. Diabetes For Dummies explores the real deal on
- Working through your initial reaction to a diagnosis of diabetes.
- Knowing what whether you have type 1 or type 2.
- Battling short- and long-term complications.
- Monitoring your glucose.
- Managing the disease with diet and exercise.
- Helping your child or parent handle his or her own diabetes.
- Cooking up diabetes-friendly meals with tasty recipes.
By following the rules of good diabetic care, you actually can be healthier than people without diabetes who smoke, overeat, under-exercise, or combine these and other unhealthy habits. This friendly resource will move beyond the "bad" news sensed at diagnosis to a good start at staying fit and feeling great!
Includes bibliographical references (p. -340) and index.
Diabetes affects millions of Americans each year, but thanks to medical breakthroughs, many diabetics live long and happy lives. In a sense, a diagnosis of diabetes is both good and bad news, with the bad news being that you’ve been diagnosed, but the good news being that you’ll make some changes in your lifestyle that will not only prevent complications but help you lead a healthier life.
Now in its second edition, Diabetes For Dummiesprovides the most up-to-date information about the disease, covering everything from new medications to recent studies on ethnic groups and children. This trusted guide shows you what you need to know to:
- Understand the causes and effects
- Battleshort-term complications
- Prevent long-term complications
- Monitor your glucose
- Select a diet plan that’s right for you
- Develop an effective exercise routine
- Choose and use medicine safely
- Deal with you child’s diabetes
- Care for the elderly with diabetes
- Cook great diabetes-friendly meals
Packed with ways to prevent or reverse the effects of diabetes and Web sites to find out more, as well as exposing myths about the disease, this is the ultimate guide to understanding and managing diabetes. You’ll even find delicious recipes from top chefs that satisfy every palette. Don’t let this disease stop you from enjoying life—survive and thrive with Diabetes For Dummies, Second Edition!
Features new info on type 2 diabetes in children
"A wonderfully written book and the companion for all people with diabetes and their families."
—Michael D. Goldfield, MD
Don’t just survive – thrive! From causes, symptoms, and side effects to medications, diet, and exercise, this friendly guide delivers sound advice on managing diabetes, staying fit, and feeling great. You get up-to-date coverage of the latest treatments and glucose meters, as well as diabetic exchanges and delicious recipes from top chefs.
Praise for Diabetes For Dummies
"Filled with wit and wisdom, this book will teach you the Ten Commandments of Diabetes Care, which can help add life to your years . . . and years to your life."
– Dr. Joel Goodman, Director, the HUMOR Project, Inc.
"Alan Rubin could be expected to know a lot about diabetes. The surprising thing . . . is how well he says it."
– Rick Mendosa, diabetes journalist
"This lively and lucid tell-it-all guide will provide you with the information you need to leap from the depths of diabetes ignorance to the peaks of understanding."
— June Biermann and Barbara Toohey, Founders and Editors-in-Chief of www.Diabetes.com
Discover how to:
- Make diet and exercise part of your treatment plan
- Ensure you get the tests you need
- Prevent long-term complications
- Stay current on advances in diagnosis and treatment
- Build a support team
"A wonderfully written book and the companion for all people with diabetes and their families." —Michael D. Goldfield, M.D., University of California Medical Center, San Francisco
"Alan Rubin could be expected to know a lot about diabetes. The surprising thing … is how well he says it." —Rick Mendosa, diabetes journalist Praise for Diabetes For Dummies®
"Filled with wit and wisdom, this book will teach you the Ten Commandments of Diabetes Care, which can help add life to your years … and years to your life." —Dr. Joel Goodman, Director, The HUMOR Project, Inc.
"This lively and lucid tell-it-all guide will provide you with the information you need to leap from the depths of diabetes ignorance to the peaks of understanding." —June Biermann and Barbara Toohey, Founders and Editors-in-Chief of www.Diabetes.com
Your state-of-the-art guide to treatment and management
Includes over 40 delicious recipes from top chefs Don't just survive — thrive! That's the message of this state-of-the-art guide to diabetes management. From c auses, symptoms, and side effects to treatments, diet, and exercise, Dr. Alan Rubin helps you understand all types of the disease and delivers sound advice on how to stay fit and feel great.
Discover how to: Prevent, understand, and manage the disease Choose the best treatment plan for you Find the right practitioner Build a support team Stick to an effective diet program Get additional help online
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About the Author
'Alan L. Rubin, MD, is one of the nations foremost experts on diabetes. He is a professional member of the American Diabetes Association and the Endocrine Society. '
Table of Contents
PART I: Dealing With the Onset of Diabetes.
Chapter 1: Dealing with Diabetes.
Chapter 2: It's the Glucose.
Chapter 3: What Type of Diabetes Do You Have?
PART II: How Diabetes Affects Your Body.
Chapter 4: Battling Short-Term Complications.
Chapter 5: Preventing Long-Term Complications.
Chapter 6: Diabetes, Sexual Function, and Pregnancy.
PART III: Managing Diabetes: The "Thriving with Diabetes" Lifestyle Plan.
Chapter 7: Glucose Monitoring and Other Tests.
Chapter 8: Diabetes Diet Plan.
Chapter 9: Keeping It Moving: Exercise Plan.
Chapter 10: Medications: What You Should Know.
Chapter 11: Diabetes Is Your Show.
Chapter 12: Putting Your Knowledge to Work for You.
PART IV: Special Considerations for Living with Diabetes.
Chapter 13: Your Child Has Diabetes.
Chapter 14: Diabetes and the Elderly.
Chapter 15: Occupational and Insurance Problems.
Chapter 16: What's New in Diabetes Care.
Chapter 17: What Doesn't Work When You're Treating Diabetes.
PART V: The Part of Tens.
Chapter 18: Ten Ways to Prevent or Reverse the Effects of Diabetes.
Chapter 19: Ten Myths about Diabetes That You Can Forget.
Chapter 20: Ten Ways to Get Others to Help You.
PART VI: Appendixes.
Appendix A: Mini-Cookbook.
Appendix B: Exchange Lists.
Appendix C: Dr. W.W. Web.
Appendix D: Glossary.
Book Registration Information.