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50 Diabetes Myths That Can Ruin Your Life: And the 50 Diabetes Truths That Can Save It [Kindle Edition]

Riva Greenberg
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Book Description

Patient-expert Riva Greenberg's book is an essential guide for the more than 24 million Americans with diabetes and the more than 57 million with prediabetes. 50 Diabetes Myths That Can Ruin Your Life puts the “power of truth” directly into patients’ hands, dispelling the 50 most common myths that tend to rule their lives, such as: “You have to be fat to get diabetes,” “Eating too many sweets causes diabetes,” “Insulin shots are painful,” and “Type 2 diabetes is not as serious as Type 1.” With recommendations from top experts and engaging patient stories, 50 Diabetes Myths That Can Ruin Your Life explains the crucial information everyone managing this chronic illness needs to know to live a long, healthy life with diabetes.


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Review

Library Journal online Xpress review, 7/24/09
“[Riva Greenberg] is singularly well placed to help those with diabetes separate the wheat from the chaff in terms of the validity of the plethora of available information. This is an extremely readable one-stop information spot for diabetes management, written by a patient-expert with the support of a huge team of contributing experts.”

DiabetesDaily.com, 8/18/09
“I read about diabetes day and night, yet I still found this book illuminating. There are many persistent and widely believed myths about diabetes. It's important to dispel them, especially at the beginning, to save those with diabetes from devastating mistakes. 50 Diabetes Myths That Can Ruin Your Life accomplishes this goal in an easy-to-browse fashion.”

ASweetLife.org, 12/17/2009
“In clear, straightforward and reassuring language, the truth about what diabetes is and what power [we] have to control it…Greenberg is excellent at explaining both why it’s important to pay attention to and actively manage your diabetes, and why, if you do so, diabetes will not ruin your life…Greenberg’s book is also a great resource to educate well-meaning family and friends.” 

Midwest Book Review, November 2009
“Author Riva Greenberg—also a patient—separates myth from truth…A fine survey identifying the fifty most common popular diabetes myths and the realities.”

WebMD Conquering Diabetes blog, 2/2/10
“A book you should definitely get if you have diabetes…Provides a first-class tour of the diabetes facts that matter most. You may think you know a lot about diabetes, but I guarantee this book will take your understanding to new heights. The format is clever. Each of the 50 chapters opens with a myth…By organizing the book into such highly digesti...

Review

Library Journal online Xpress review, 7/24/09
“[Riva Greenberg] is singularly well placed to help those with diabetes separate the wheat from the chaff in terms of the validity of the plethora of available information. This is an extremely readable one-stop information spot for diabetes management, written by a patient-expert with the support of a huge team of contributing experts.”

DiabetesDaily.com, 8/18/09
“I read about diabetes day and night, yet I still found this book illuminating. There are many persistent and widely believed myths about diabetes. It's important to dispel them, especially at the beginning, to save those with diabetes from devastating mistakes. 50 Diabetes Myths That Can Ruin Your Life accomplishes this goal in an easy-to-browse fashion.”

ASweetLife.org, 12/17/2009
“In clear, straightforward and reassuring language, the truth about what diabetes is and what power [we] have to control it…Greenberg is excellent at explaining both why it’s important to pay attention to and actively manage your diabetes, and why, if you do so, diabetes will not ruin your life…Greenberg’s book is also a great resource to educate well-meaning family and friends.” 

Midwest Book Review, November 2009
“Author Riva Greenberg—also a patient—separates myth from truth…A fine survey identifying the fifty most common popular diabetes myths and the realities.”

WebMD Conquering Diabetes blog, 2/2/10
“A book you should definitely get if you have diabetes…Provides a first-class tour of the diabetes facts that matter most. You may think you know a lot about diabetes, but I guarantee this book will take your understanding to new heights. The format is clever. Each of the 50 chapters opens with a myth…By organizing the book into such highly digestible little bites, each of which is a tasty morsel of highly seasoned information, the reader is treated to a gourmet self-education experience. Riva Greenberg’s information-packed book is nicely written, factually up-to-date, and relevant. Myths about nutrition, weight loss, exercise, medication, complications, and others are debunked and replaced with the information you need to life your best life. Riva is an excellent communicator, and she knows exactly which topics to highlight…An important contribution to patient education.”
 
John Koenig’sStuff I Like” Blog, 2/4/11
“Greenberg does a great job of sorting the truth from the fables.”

Product Details

  • File Size: 531 KB
  • Print Length: 337 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0738213209
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press; 1 Original edition (September 9, 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003ULOBRY
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #285,899 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
One by one, Riva Greenberg tears down 50 of the top myths that typically accompany diabetes. From "Type 2 diabetes is not as serious as type 1" to "People with diabetes can't eat sugar." From "Women with diabetes shouldn't get pregnant" to "If my doctor says it's time for me to take insulin, I'm a failure". The author hits every single myth on the head, with the expert support of many of the who's who of the diabetes medical establishment (names in the list include Dr. Jovanovic, Dr. Kaufman, Dr. Polonsky and several more).

The book groups myths in six groups: common ones, medical myths, food myths, body fitness myths, psych myths and practical & practices myths. Each myth is followed by the truth behind it, a detailed discussion about why the myth is not true and a sidebar titled "Tips to Make You Tops" which gives you practical elements you can apply to help kill the myth in your own life.

Along with The Real-Life Guide to Diabetes this is one of the great practical books about living with diabetes I have read in quite a while.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome! August 15, 2009
Format:Paperback
As a person with diabetes, I look for answers to the many questions I have. The big question always is: Is that a myth, or is it the truth?
Riva's book is the best I've read. Because I know her and her effective management of her own diabetes, I bought the book, and I was
not disappointed! Her use of real people and their experiences, her practical, understandable language, and her "Tips to Make You Tops'
make me feel that the book was written especially for me.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dealing with, not fearing, diabetes August 7, 2009
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This book should be required reading for all those people entering the medical field. This book should be given to all those newly diagnosed patients and/or families dealing with diabetes. It is an easy read and easily understood book to help dispel the myths and fears of diabetes without a lot of medical details. I was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at 52, using insulin pump at 54, starting riding a bike at 55, rode my bike across the US at 59, celebrated my 70th by riding 70 miles. Riva's book would have saved me a lot of research and trial & errors that took years to learn on my own.
The medical staff see the diabetic minutes each visit. The person with diabetes has it 24 hours a day/ seven days a week. Riva's book help you deal with all the other hours and days.

written by Tom Fineco (NC)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Okay November 11, 2009
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Helpful information for those who have Type II or have not been diabetic too long. As a long time Type I diabetic I felt I had much of this information already.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great approach, solid information October 6, 2009
Format:Paperback
By starting with what people think they know about diabetes and setting the record straight, Riva Greenberg has found a way to make diabetes education relevant and meaningful. By sprinkling her lessons with personal anecdotes and stories about real people, she humanizes the information and makes it real. And by providing up-to-date and accurate medical facts to a wide audience, she may well be saving lives. I recommend this book for all people with diabetes and for those who care about them.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Empowering July 18, 2009
By Ann
Format:Paperback
This book is great for anyone wanting to understand diabetes and how to manage it well. It is concise, conversational and upbeat - an easy read. As a person with diabetes, I've discovered that much of what I and many of my friends thought about diabetes was based on myth not truth. In fact, most days I hear someone repeat one of the myths debunked in this book such as sugar causes diabetes. Thankfully, Riva tackles the most prominent diabetes myths/fears with straight forward information backed by medical research and with practical tips from her own diabetes journey, from medical experts and from others living with diabetes. No matter where you (or your loved one) are in managing diabetes, this book offers ways to improve. Riva's continuing encouragement that if we are armed with the "truths" of diabetes, we can manage diabetes well and live a healthy, happy life is a welcomed gift of empowerment.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this book! August 18, 2009
Format:Paperback
I didn't think I was going to like this book at first, because I knew I was becoming educated about diabetes and didn't believe any myths. However, the format and content was well written and informative, and I learned a great deal. I am going to show it to my doctor at my next appointment as I think she should know about it and recommend it to her patients.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Liberate yourself from misconceptions June 18, 2010
Format:Paperback
Riva's second book, "50 Diabetes Myths That Can Ruin Your Life: And the 50 Diabetes Truths That Can Save It", is many things. On one hand I wish I could whip it out, flip it to the myth (and the truth), and shove it the face of someone perpetuating some diabetes related untruth (a.k.a. myth). On the other hand, there is SO MUCH great stuff in here for all of us living with diabetes! This is a book that you can read right through, or pick at it myth by myth.

I also love the sections of the book where Riva presents information from real people living with diabetes and what they have to say about the myth. It provides a taste of real world diabetes, which is important to see as well.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars So outdated it's laughable
This book was published in 2009 and hasn't been updated since! It's pretty bad when early in the book it discussed how A1c may be used in the future to measure diabetes. Read more
Published 2 months ago by peffer
4.0 out of 5 stars Myth buster for sure!
If your knowledge of diabetes is based on decades old, generic "everybody knows that" type of information, this book will be a real eye-opener. Ms. Read more
Published 4 months ago by cm4bleenmb
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
This book is very helpful. I have learned a lot from it.
Published 8 months ago by Linda Locke
3.0 out of 5 stars not to be digested in one sitting.
This is good for the newly diagnosed diabetic. It could be used for family members information. It is in a user friendly format.
Published 11 months ago by James W. Simpson
3.0 out of 5 stars Good but not great
It has good information but the format takes away from a total understanding. I would have written it in a much smaller version.
Published 20 months ago by Diana
2.0 out of 5 stars found the information to be lacking
As a diabetic, myself, found this book to be disappointing. Many doctors would disagree with some of the aurthor's conclusion which are presented as fact.
Published on November 27, 2012 by victoria caravello
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Well Done
This is a book that combines some interesting elements. The structure is defined by listing, and then debunking, myths surrounding diabetes. Read more
Published on October 18, 2012 by Richard C. Wedemeyer
2.0 out of 5 stars These myths have been in the public domain for ages.
This book may be suitable for those who recently have been diagnosed with diabetes. They could learn a lot more by searching on the web or joining a diabetes forum. Read more
Published on March 27, 2012 by AMG
5.0 out of 5 stars Informative, enlightening, worth it
Online we've found a lot of information and misinformation about type 2 diabetes. This book is very helpful in debunking what we thought we knew and what we really should know... Read more
Published on July 22, 2011 by T.C.
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommend
Several chapters in, I am happy I bought this book. Good information for someone like me diagnosed as pre-diabetic. Read more
Published on May 6, 2011 by S. Decker
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More About the Author

Riva Greenberg is a recognized diabetes patient-expert, inspirational speaker, author, and health coach, who has lived successfully with type 1 diabetes for more than forty years.

Her latest book, "Diabetes Do's & How-To's," came from traveling across the country as a peer-mentor and seeing how confused and bereft they are of the essential actions to take - and how to take them - to live their healthiest life with diabetes.

Riva is a trusted KOL for pharmaceutical companies bringing the patient voice to health care, and an international speaker at conferences, health expos, hospitals and corporations. She is also transforming the way we live with chronic illness through workshops she conducts on "flourishing with chronic illness." "It is time flourishing enters the language of living with a chronic illness alongside coping." Riva also advises medical professionals on helping patients make behavior changes through a series of presentations called "Ask the Patient" on QuantiaMD.com.

Riva's three books create a trilogy, and the essential foundation one needs, from which to manage diabetes well. Her first book, "The ABCs Of Loving Yourself With Diabetes" helps readers develop the emotional strength, stamina and flexibility to manage diabetes for the long haul. Her second book, "50 Diabetes Myths That Can Ruin Your Life and the 50 Diabetes Truths That Can Save It" gives readers the necessary information and understanding of what diabetes is and how it works. And this book, "Diabetes Do's & How-To's," helps readers work it, for their personal needs. Riva also writes on The Huffington Post and in 2011 SharecareNow cited Riva as number six among the Top Ten online diabetes influencers.

Riva is an advisory member of the Diabetes Hands Foundation and a member of the American Association of Diabetes Educators and Diabetes Advocates.

For more information visit her website Diabetes Stories.com; Twitter: @diabetesmyths


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