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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.
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 morePublished 4 months ago by peffer
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 morePublished 6 months ago by cm4bleenmb
This is good for the newly diagnosed diabetic. It could be used for family members information. It is in a user friendly format.Published 13 months ago by James W. Simpson
It has good information but the format takes away from a total understanding. I would have written it in a much smaller version.Published 22 months ago by Diana
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
This is a book that combines some interesting elements. The structure is defined by listing, and then debunking, myths surrounding diabetes. Read morePublished on October 18, 2012 by Richard C. Wedemeyer
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 morePublished on March 27, 2012 by AMG
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 morePublished on July 22, 2011 by T.C.