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Diabetes and You: A Comprehensive, Holistic Approach Hardcover – January 16, 2011

ISBN-13: 978-1442207288 ISBN-10: 1442207280 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers; 1 edition (January 16, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1442207280
  • ISBN-13: 978-1442207288
  • Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 0.8 x 9.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,080,991 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Intended for a popular readership but remarkably comprehensive, this reference manual begins with the important distinction between the relatively rare Type I form of Diabetes (which mostly afflicts people at a young age and affects only 5 to 10% of diabetics) and the increasingly more common Type II, which is related to obesity, lifestyle, genetic predisposition and, in a small number of cases, pregnancy. Ali (Are You Fit to Live?) reviews signs of the disease, such as thirst, frequent urination, and fatigue; discusses a simple blood-sugar test that can be administered by a primary-care physician; and provides in-depth treatment options. Diet and exercise, he states, may lower blood sugar in early-stage Type II Diabetes sufficiently to prevent the need for insulin, but careful monitoring is stressed. An overview of different methods of administering medication is also included, and Ali reviews potential medical complications from failure to receive proper treatment, including the slowing of mental functions and a greater risk of heart attack. The author also gives advice on food: what to avoid, what to eat, and in what amounts. This guide will prove very useful for Diabetics and their families. (Feb.)
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In this well-organized guidebook, physician Ali gives diabetics and their families understandable information about an increasingly common and ultimately debilitating disease. More than 23 million people suffer from diabetes in the U.S. alone. Ali expertly covers the causes, treatment, and early and later symptoms. (The first signs are excessive thirst, urination, and appetite. Later, people can suffer from erectile dysfunction, acne, headaches, and cramps.) Ali also explains the disease’s mind-boggling alphabet-acronym soup: BMI, SMBG, DCCT, NP, DKA. Rather than blaming type 2 diabetics for sufferers’ condition, which is often brought on by obesity, Ali tries to motivate them to exercise and lose weight. He also includes a thorough glossary (whoever heard of Goodpasture’s syndrome?) and several pages with contact information for research groups, diabetes centers and clinics, and other resources. His advice isn’t always earthshaking; learn portion size, keep a food diary, eat more fruits and vegetables, quit smoking. But it may be lifesaving. --Karen Springen

More About the Author

Naheed Ali, M.D., Ph.D., began writing professionally in 2005 and later completed lifestyle medicine training from Harvard Medical School in 2012. He has taught at several colleges and has written several books on medical topics. Additional information is available at www.NaheedAli.com .

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This book is a must for anyone that suffers from Diabetes or knows someone that is diabetic.
Technical and medical terms are clearly explained, both throughout the book and at the end, with a clear and comprehensive glossary.
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As a writer and reader that is closely connected and near Diabetes, this book has been such a boon for my family.

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34 of 43 people found the following review helpful By A Lover of Good Books on June 4, 2011
Format: Hardcover
When I see this many 5 star reviews, not one of which is from someone who bought the book from Amazon, my B-S detector comes to life.

I was alerted to this book because Google ads is putting ads for it on my diabetes web site that dishonestly describe it as "#1 Best Selling Diabetes Book." A look at its Amazon number makes it clear just how dishonest that claim is.

I read the excerpt available as a Kindle download and found it poorly written, confusing, and spiced with irrelevant medical terms and factoids that would confuse the average reader without contributing to his or her understanding of diabetes.

Gretchen Becker's The First Year: Type 2 Diabetes and Dr Bernstein's Diabetes Solution are far better books for those newly diagnosed with diabetes and many of the reviews you will find for those books are from actual purchasers.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By tubbyreader on June 8, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I received this book about three weeks ago and have been following through all the chapters in it. I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes about four years ago with an A1c of almost 12. I tried vegetarian diets, all the way to Atkins, with little success. I was taking 30u of Novolog and 40-50u of Lantus daily. At my previous doctor's visit my A1c was 7 (with my lowest ever at 5) and my cholesteral was around 300. I tried drugs like Lipitor but gave it up because of how it made me feel. Now, I'm shooting about 10u of Novol og and 20-25 of Lantus daily. I just returned from my appointment today and my A1c is 4. And my cholesteral is 160! I am a believer! I still put a little feta/parmesan in my salads, but I am so committed to this new way of being! I also don't use soy products, wheat or breads... My new goals are to have an A1c less than five and maintain healthy cholesteral levels. All in all this is a great book and is full of helpful ideas!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Adonis on February 26, 2011
Format: Hardcover
To all the diabetics out there, read this book if you actually want to learn something about diabetes. As a patient you'll need all the help you can get but people just don't have the time anymore to educate us about diabetes like the way this book does. This book to me is like a textbook about diabetes, possibly the world's first without the 1000s of pages of repetitive writing typically observed in med school literature.

The good thing about this book is it doesn't jump right into "what to do" or "what you shouldn't do". It breaks the ice with a nice prologue (From the Author section) and makes sure you understand diabetes (Chapter 1) before getting into additional details. It's a step by step process and as you read further, the more you understand about each specific topic. Definitely well organized and has an in-depth discussion of the causes, symptoms and effects of diabetes which ad-infested websites don't usually tell you. It also includes an entirely separate chapter on how you stay motivated specifically as a diabetic. I've never really seen this in a book before. Anyways, I know it's tough but it's better to have something motivating to read than nothing at all.

The book has loads of information that the average individual might not know, such as common misconceptions and facts that a newly diagnosed person needs to understand in-depth. Overall, if you need something to point you in the right direction, this is would probably be it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Paola on February 22, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Diabetes and You: A Comprehensive, Holistic Approach

Recently, I attended the wake of a fraternal grandmother. One of our conversation topics among relatives then was having diabetes in the family. We talked about medical advices, symptoms, family members' experiences, possible ways of prevention, and so on. Experience also tells us that watching our diets is not enough when the family history of diabetes is a predisposition. This moreover does not happen to my family alone. It's almost like everyone has diabetes these days. And there is an increasing number of people being affected with diabetes and sadly even children, due to changing diets and lifestyles.

This book has pretty much pinned down those concerns of how to deal with diabetes. It looks into the different facets of diabetes from the internal processes inside the body to its social impact in one's daily life. It gives a thorough explanation of what the disease is, with a decent glossary, a historical perspective, diabetes symptoms, the different types and most importantly, the updates and recent studies on its cure and prevention. The index has all the terms I would most likely need clarification on--it's not random like many other indexes I've seen.

It is only with a clear and multidirectional picture can one truly prevent and treat the disease. The book doesn't make any crazy promises about curing your diabetes in a week. A very good understanding of the disease is also life essential because diabetes also leads to other health complications, and I like how the author talks about everything connected to diabetes. That's what holistic approach is really all about.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sheryll E. on February 5, 2011
Format: Hardcover
For a long time, I've been looking for information and resources on preventive measures and alternative treatments for diabetes. My concern with such condition stems from my family's history of diabetes. My dad and several of my relatives are diabetics, which puts me at a higher risk of becoming one myself. Knowing that the statistics are against me, I became an advocate of organic living and holistic healing. I've been trying to convince my father to take a more holistic approach in treating his ailment rather than solely relying on his medications. This book re-established my view that in order to fully conquer an ailment, one must take care not only of the physical but also the psychological, emotional, and spiritual well being.

It was very helpful and I got a totally new perspective on diabetes. The information contained in this book was comprehensive enough to give the reader an in-depth look on the causes, types, and symptoms of diabetes and provide updates on the latest research and treatment options. It incorporates techniques on how to get rid of negative emotions and thoughts, to help the patient maintain a positive outlook, and also contains helpful and practical tips on creating the ultimate daily regimen for diabetics, which includes exercise, diet, and essentially an over-all lifestyle change.

What I like most about the book is that the author gets right to the point, which makes it more credible for readers who have no medical background. This is not your usual "how to" instruction manual or diet book filled with re-hashed info. Rather, it gives all the information and resources needed to make educated decisions on how best to tackle diabetes, which gives you a real positive outlook once you read through the whole book.

"Diabetes and You: A Comprehensive, Holistic Approach" is truly an essential tool not only to diabetics, but also to anyone seeking to live a healthier lifestyle. Much recommended!
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