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Diabetes and You: A Comprehensive, Holistic Approach 1st Edition

4.9 out of 5 stars 33 customer reviews
ISBN-13: 978-1442207288
ISBN-10: 1442207280
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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
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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: #2,389,406 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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Anyone who has been recently diagnosed can relate to the overwhelming emotions and grief that accompany the diagnosis. Diabetes and You is an excellent resource for those struggling with a new diagnosis. It briefly covers the disease and its history, then details the various traits of diabetes--symptoms, causes, forms of diagnosis, and treatment in an easy-to-read language that speaks to us non-doctors. It also covers type 1 diabetes, which typically starts in childhood. Later on in the book he discusses how diabetes affects both our mental health and heart health, while the final part reviews crucial information on how to care for diabetes while continuing to enjoy life.

As a caregiver for a woman recently diagnosed as diabetic, I found this book to be a great introduction. I found the section on pain management to be particularly useful, as my client has battled severe discomfort for the last year, prior to her diagnosis. It's important to be able to support her in making dietary decisions that are good for her body, and I feel like I am really able to excel at my work, now that I have the tools I needed in order to relate to my clients and make their lives more colorful.

This book is both a great introduction and treasurable backdoor to the world of diabetes. Really well-planned and thought out. The back cover of this edition says "Diabetes and You will help you get a handle on the basics of what you need to know about diabetes and will help you understand the whys and wherefores of the illness, diagnosis, and treatment." Couldn't have said it any better myself. The author goes on to include trailblazing behavioral treatments and says "Like all other basic human functions, deep relaxed breathing is a collaboration of the mind and body that wakes up the autonomic nervous system and allows us to feel calm." Smooth, low wave, Hemingway-style writing. A masterpiece which certainly merits a spot on the shelves. Five stars.
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The book provides very helpful information about diabetes which would have otherwise eluded the reader. The author attempts at and gives careful thought into explaining everything from SMBG (self monitoring of blood glucose) to conversations with your doctor. The book is definitely well laid out with a treasure chest of additional info like a robust glossary and index. The author also elaborates on the significance of a good diet and the repercussions thereof of a poor diet lifestyle. It is not surprising that the same will affect household incomes given the nature of diabetes and considering the high costs of healthcare. He is careful to mention the new trend of fas t foods all over the world which is also credited with promoting the presence of diabetes in the middle and upper classes. The author also draws a minor distinction between general health and why cardiac related complications increases with diabetes. He concludes this resourceful book by providing insights of pain management techniques. There is a separate, dedicated chapter on the pain management of diabetics. This enables diabetes to live better because if you are in constant pain, I'm assuming you're not the happiest diabetic on earth. The author incorporates the emotional, physical, spiritual, mental and social well being by fronting motivation as a treatment plan for long term maintenance. The book provides some effective hints for diabetes patients and everyone with utmost clarity. I believe the book is a must read and won't disappoint you in any way.
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