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Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Da Capo Lifelong Books; 1 Original edition (July 14, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0738213209
  • ISBN-13: 978-0738213200
  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 5.2 x 7.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #152,698 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Greenberg, a diabetes patient-expert, dispels some of the myths about living with diabetes and what it takes to live a happy, fulfilling life with this chronic condition. --AOLHealth.com, December 2009

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.”

From the Author

How This Book Will Help You: An Essay by Riva Greenberg

Six years ago I sat in a TCOYD (Taking Control of Your Diabetes) workshop on coping with diabetes. Psychologist and certified diabetes educator, Bill Polonsky, who was facilitating the workshop, asked the eighty or so of us seated, "How many of you think diabetes is the leading cause of blindness, kidney disease, amputation and heart attack?" Everyone raised his or her hand. "You're wrong," he said. We looked at each other, stunned. "Poorly controlled diabetes is."

I had believed what turned out to be a myth for 30 years and it had impacted my diabetes management, behavior, psyche and happiness for three decades. Hearing the truth, relief and joy immediately flooded my body. I now knew that I could have far greater impact on my health, and future, than I had thought. So I improved my eating and became more physically active knowing it would matter--and it did. I'm healthier now than I've ever been.

I wrote this book because there are so many misconceptions about diabetes and they cause us harm. We need accurate information to manage diabetes well. Here are a few of the myths in the book. See if you know the truth?

* You have to be fat to get diabetes
* I can't have diabetes, I have no symptoms!
* Type 2 isn't as serious as type 1
* Eating sweets causes diabetes
* If I have to take insulin, it's the beginning of the end
* Insulin shots are painful
* There's nothing new to treat diabetes

This book exposes the truth about common, medical, food, fitness, psychological and practical diabetes myths that most of us suffer with. 21 leading diabetes experts contributed their expertise to set the record straight, share the latest information and research and practical "how to's" and useful tips. You'll read "lessons learned" from other patients and about many of my own experiences and discoveries. When you finish this book, you'll be your own diabetes expert, as you should be.

That day, back in Dr. Polonsky's workshop, I realized how much believing a myth affects what we do about our health and what we don't do. Knowing the truth will make you more capable in your care, better able to advocate for yourself, and family and friends will be better able to support to those they love with diabetes.


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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This book is a quick read and has TONS of useful information!!!
Kimberly Lynn Farley
I recommend this book to anyone already diagnosed and even MORE so to those who have family history of diabetes.
S. Decker
Tell them to read the book before they buy into any more misinformation.
T.C. Owens

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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Manny Hernandez HALL OF FAME on August 23, 2009
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 By Carolyn W. Crumpler on August 15, 2009
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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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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Ilona Bencze-zimmer on November 11, 2009
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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 By Thomas Fineco on August 7, 2009
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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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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Ann on July 18, 2009
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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 By Miriam E. Tucker on October 6, 2009
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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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Kathleen Daly on August 18, 2009
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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 By AMG on March 27, 2012
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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. I would not recommend this book.
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