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American Diabetes Association Complete Guide to Diabetes: The Ultimate Home Reference from the Diabetes Experts (American Diabetes Association Comlete Guide to Diabetes) Paperback – June 1, 2011

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This well-designed, very clearly written compendium encourages diabetics "to mesh the day-to-day management of diabetes" into the routine of their lives. Chapters move from "What Is Diabetes?" (with discussion of causes and effects of Type I, Type II and gestational diabetes) to a glossary, an appendix on self-monitoring and injection techniques and a list of resources and organizations. The intervening chapters cover the means by which the goal of personal, daily diabetes management can most effectively be reached. One's personal physician, dentist, podiatrist, pharmacist and dermatologist are portrayed as members of a health-care team captained by the patient. Insulin types and use, glucose control, medications, test strips and blood-glucose meters (where to buy and how to use) are thoroughly examined. Intensive diabetes management (tight glucose control) rates its own chapter; "Diabetes and Sex" covers common problems encountered by both genders. Fitness and nutrition for the diabetic are considered, as are such complications as infections, retinopathy and neuropathy. A model of clarity in prose and design, this overview effectively helps its readers pursue the goal of "living well with diabetes."
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“An indispensable new reference.”
Consumer Reports on Health

“A model of clarity in prose and design.”
Publishers Weekly

“A comprehensive, all-in-one guide to diabetes.”
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Product Details

  • Series: American Diabetes Association Comlete Guide to Diabetes
  • Paperback: 576 pages
  • Publisher: American Diabetes Association; Fifth Edition edition (June 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1580403301
  • ISBN-13: 978-1580403306
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 7.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #101,094 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on September 5, 2002
Format: Paperback
This book by the American Diabetes Association does a commendable job of reviewing many of the basic issues surrounding diabetes. It is a nice starting point for a newly diagnosed patient but does not offer much detail for the more seasoned person with diabetes. The information is well laid out and succinctly explained. For those looking for more details and references I would recommend the ENCYCLOPEDIA of DIABETES by Petit and Adamec.
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I am not diabetic but was looking for a book to learn about diabetes. This book had just the right level of physiology for me as well as the right level of detail for explaining the various strategies that diabetics use to manage their disease. I gave my first copy to a colleague and will order more copies for me and anyone who asks for a reference.
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The book is well organized and filled with many useful facts that Diabetics need to know about and gives supportive tips throughout. A very well written edition and one that should be in every Diabetic household.
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This book is a great guide to have if you are a diabetic. The information is written well and easy to understand. You will go away a more informed person about your diabetes. It has truly helped me to gain the knowledge I need to help me cope with this disease.
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I have had diabetes for quite a few years, but recently was promoted to insulin status. I have been searching for a single source of information that was both simple and yet included more technical details of what was going on.

The book does a very credible job of both for many aspects of diabetes. As an example, it provides a description how insulin works at the body and cell level, the effects of exercise, diet, timing, lifestyle, and many of the other factors that affect blood glucose levels. The descriptions start at a high level (e.g. exercise uses glucose in the blood, so levels tend to drop) to a more theoretical discussion of insulin interacting at the cellular level within your body and how your liver and other organs react.

The same type of treatment is also provided for other subjects, ranging form what to do when you are sick; sex and libido issues; diet; types of insulin; managing diabetes around sports, exercise, work, travel, stress, family, entertaining; interaction of factors; complications of high and low sugars; and a bunch more.

In short, there are no doubt books which cover individual aspects of any part of diabetes with more detail and rigor, but if you want one book that does a very credible job on most of the topics, this is a good choice.

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Very readable.

Well organized- individual topics are fairly well indexed and broken down by topic, and for each topic, the discussion breaks down how this might affect different portions of the population (e.g. Type1, Type2, Gestational).

Seems to be written by people who both have actual experience as diabetics and real medical knowledge. Does not have the latest fads.
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By LoveA on February 25, 2005
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I love, love, love this book! I am only half way through, and all of my questions have already been answered. The rest of the information is just an added bonus to questions that I didn't even know I had yet. I always share my new learnings, and it has helped one of my co-workers to offer her friend advice, who has a newly diagnosed, Type 1 diabetic, son. To be educated on the topic leaves both the diabetic and their support system feeling uplifted.
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This is also a must read book on diabetes. These doctors and researchers have been on the front line of this disease for many years and this is their results advice and knowledge of what they have learned and discovered. If you have diabetes or if runs in the family you must read this book.
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We purchased this book on the recommendation of my husband's physician, and have found it thorough, informative and helpful in understanding the disease and what he can do to keep it under control.
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