Synopses & Reviews
This is not a very large book, but I was surprised how complete and comprehensive it is. It feels as if you are chatting with a group of friends who truly understand what it is like to live as a woman with diabetes and it does not get boring or become a chore to read. I highly recommend this one.”Elizabeth Woolley, about.com Type 2 Diabetes Guide
Imparting critical information for diabetic women in pursuit of a healthy and fulfilling life, Mercer covers a range of topics, including finding the right medical team, gaining control through information and communication, managing adolescence, diet, and exercise. Special attention is given to eating disorders and body image; dating, sex, and marriage; pregnancy and motherhood; and telling others about ones condition. An excellent resource for those seeking information about the impact of diabetes on womens lives; the many personal stories lend warmth and accessibility”Library Journal
Well worth a look
it presents a wide variety of experiences, viewpoints and approaches to diabetes management. This is the greatest strength of this book, making it of most use to recently diagnosed women (whatever stage of life they may be) who are trying to navigate unfamiliar thoughts, feelings and concerns about themselves, their health and their safety.” Emily Coles, tu diabetes
Amy Stockwell Mercer calls her new book, The Smart Womans Guide to Diabetes,, a labor of love. Its the result of interviews with scores of women from all walks of life. And it covers aspects of womens lives ranging from eating to dating to raising children, all while coping with diabetes.”Diabetes Forecast
we cant think of a better researched guide to the nuanced life of a woman with diabetes than Amy Stockwell Mercers new book The Smart Womans Guide to Diabetes"DiabetesMine
No matter what stage of life you are in, if you are a woman with diabetes, this book will help you navigate each stage with sound, practical advice from your peers with diabetes. If you are like me and you spent many years dreaming of having a friend with diabetes to talk to or relate to, this book will be your ultimate girlfriend with diabetes."—From the Foreword by Brandy Barnes, Founder/CEO, DiabetesSisters
Amy's book covers every aspect of being female and living with diabetes, beginning with a diagnosis at any age. She covers schooling, relationships, exercising, eating, traveling, pregnancy, parenting, menopause, and more. This great guide is packed with solid wisdom, advice, and guidance that will help any woman with this condition live a happier and healthier life.”Cheryl Alkon, Author, Balancing Pregnancy With Pre-Existing Diabetes: Healthy Mom, Healthy Baby
Having had type 1 diabetes for more than 25 years and having written 2 books on the subject, I enjoyed reading Amy Mercers book very much. It is well written and covers every aspect of living with diabetes across the life span from a womans perspective. I especially liked the chapters on diagnosis, pregnancy, travel, and aging gracefully. It is worth reading for women living with diabetes at whatever stage in life they are and for the family and friends who love them.”Rita G. Mertig, MS, RNC, CNS, DE, Author, What Nurses Know
Diabetes and Guide to Teaching Diabetes Self-Management
Of the 17 million Americans with diabetes, approximately 12.6 million, or 10.8 of all women aged 20 or older, are women. And it appears that number is increasing each year. Diabetes is particularly difficult for women in large part due to the hormonal changes associated with the menstrual cycle, changes that affect blood sugar levels. As a consequence women with diabetes have higher rates of cheat pain, heart attack, coronary heart disease and stroke. And women with diabetes face special challenges.
The Smart Womans Guide to Diabetes provides advice, tips, and research from a diverse community of women living with diabetes. It provides practical insight and references for the optimal management of diabetes from women living with the disease as well as doctors, nurses, nutritionists, and educators. The personal anecdotes throughout the book reveal the good and the bad of living with diabetes, including the frustration, sense of shame, sense of isolation as well as the capacity for strength and the opportunity for growth.
The Smart Womans Guide to Diabetes lets you know that you are not alone but rather will make you feel like you are sitting in your favorite coffee shop with your friends who share the same disease.