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Diabetic Athlete's Handbook [Kindle Edition]

Sheri Colberg
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Book Description

Don't let diabetes slow you down. Whether you're a recreational exerciser or a competitive athlete, the Diabetic Athlete's Handbook has the training and performance advice you need to remain active and at the top of your game.

Renowned researcher and diabetes expert Dr. Sheri Colberg has developed a practical guide specifically for athletes of all ages with type 1 and type 2 diabetes. The Diabetic Athlete's Handbook provides you with the most up-to-date information on insulins and other medications, glucose monitors, blood sugar management, nutrition and supplements, injury prevention and treatment, and mental strategies for maximizing performance and optimizing health.

Featuring more than 100 sport-specific training guidelines for fitness, endurance, power, and outdoor activities, the Diabetic Athlete's Handbook is the one resource you can't afford to be without. Rely on it to stay healthy, be more active, train smarter, and reach new levels of athletic success.

Editorial Reviews


The Diabetic Athlete's Handbook illustrates in clear, straightforward terms just how to train for even the most strenuous sports: mountain biking, kayaking, rock climbing, snowshoeing, and much more."

Nadia Al-Samarrie
Publisher and Editor in Chief
Diabetes Health magazine

From the Publisher

"The Diabetic Athlete's Handbook illustrates in clear, straightforward terms just how to train for even the most strenuous sports: mountain biking, kayaking, rock climbing, snowshoeing, and much more."

Nadia Al-Samarrie
Publisher and Editor-in-Chief
Diabetes Health magazine

Product Details

  • File Size: 4861 KB
  • Print Length: 296 pages
  • Publisher: Human Kinetics Publishers; 1 edition (October 31, 2008)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002R0JXJK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #234,383 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book by Sheri Colberg May 3, 2009
Diabetic Athlete's Handbook
This is an excellent book for all diabetics. I found it especially useful because I am a type 1 (juvenile) diabetic and for years have been trying to regulate my blood sugars during and after exercise while using the pump. It also helped me with trying to figure out which exercises are best for me (weight lifting, aerobics, and more. The book also gives examples of young, old people with diabetes and how they handle their blood sugars while exercising.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
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I've been a very athletic Type 1 diabetic for 40 years. Controlling blood sugars during intense exercise (a lot of mountain bike racing for me) has always been tricky -- Many times the swings in blood sugar have been hard to explain (I expected them to go up and then went down, or visa versa).

This has the best explanations I have read about the interactions of the pancreas, liver, blood insulin levels, glycogen stores, and glucose levels at different levels of intensity (aerobic, anaerobic) and the non-linear relationships. It was enlightening to understand why activities done less often cause a greater drop in blood sugar (the better sport specific shape you are in, the more you can use other energy stores than blood glucose). It doesn't solve all the mysteries, but it makes intense exercise much more workable with diabetes.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
As a person with Type 1 diabetes and someone who presents frequently to groups of people wanting to know how to control their diabetes while leading an active life, the "Diabetic Athlete's Handbook" is an excellent resource. If you want to know how to maximize your athletic ability without allowing diabetes to become a hindrance, get this book. It covers the physiology as well as the practical aspects needed to become the best you can be. I often give this book away to a lucky attendee at a presentation who always leaves with a smile.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The great got better February 1, 2009
Colberg hit it out of the park again. Her book 'The Diabetic Athlete' has been my go to book ever since I started training. Even so, it left a lot of areas uncovered. I felt like it was focused too much on aerobic endurance sports and didn't give enough coverage to other sports, especially sports that focused more on anaerobic/explosive training. The first books coverage of exercise supplements was also somewhat lacking.

So of course the first thing i did when I got the Athletes Handbook was to jump to the sections dealing with those issues, and I was ecstatic to see how much those sections had improved. She provides a more comprehensive (and up to date) discussion about supplements, and much more information about managing both hypoglycemia and hyperglycemia for athletes who train/compete in activities with more erratic demands on the different energy systems. I was especially happy to see that several of the athletes profiles in her book this time were directly relevant to my sport (Judo). She also took the opportunity to update her discussion on the gadgets that run our lives, and has up to date info on meters, pumps, and newer meds. As a bonus, she has added sections on the mental aspects of training, and on managing injuries as a diabetic.

Bottom line. If you are an active diabetic, run, bike or swim to your nearest bookstore and get this book.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great resource for anyone with diabetes playing sports! November 20, 2008
I read the first version of this book cover to cover. Just got the newer version, and this is full of great practical information that will help my son during his middle school and high school years of playing sports (and beyond!)
This book also reinforces the message that my son can play any sport with his diabetes!
Thanks Ms. Colberg!
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Colberg's book changed by life! November 20, 2008
I am waiting for a copy of this book to arrive in the mail! I look forward to the updated content and the contributions by the diabetic athletes. I have lived with diabetes almost 20 years and Colberg's book, "The Diabetic Athlete" changed my life. I was a competitive XC runner in high school and was diagnosed at age 17. At the time I was not presented with ANY resources pertaining to diabetes and athletics. It was like I was all of the sudden running blind. A handful of years after my diagnosis I found Colberg's book. The information was specific and I could read that plenty of accomplished athletes were living and competing with this disease. I was able to update my diabetes management toolbox and begin pushing my athletic limits like never before. I will post a review specific to this book once I read it. Thank you Sheri for continuing to provide updated information on this topic!
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gotta Have It November 20, 2008
Energizing! In one word, that is how to describe this book. As a proponent of exercise for people with diabetes, I have found this book and Colberg-Ochs previous edition of it the best book out there to inspire us folks with this condition. What it is most powerful in this book is it gives real life stories and solutions to people with diabetes by people with diabetes. In our foundation, we always recommended Colberg-Ochs's Diabetic Athlete's Handbook as the "answer" book for athletes (and those who want to get active) and will continue to with this edition.

Jay Handy, Founder, Diabetes Sports and Wellness Foundation
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
good book
Published 12 days ago by Robert O'Neill
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Very helpful and easy to read. Plenty of examples.
Published 1 month ago by Mitzuco
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
A useful referral book for type 1 diabetics involved in anything physically demanding.
Published 2 months ago by W J Maxwell
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great book with great ideas and information for people with diabetes in regards to exercise.
Published 2 months ago by Jill Linford
5.0 out of 5 stars a must read to all diabetic athlete
This is the second book of the author that I read and I this one is a must read one.
Published 5 months ago by Paulo Baffa
4.0 out of 5 stars GOOD HELP
I use this often to remind myself that I need to take care during activity. This book gives good tips and advise to all.
Published 6 months ago by Annie
5.0 out of 5 stars Thank you, Sheri Colberg
I'm not diabetic, but my partner is type 1. He was having a hard time regulating his blood sugars during workouts, and was getting frustrated. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Jonathan Pepoon
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent for Insulin Users!
After struggling for years to figure out how to exercise while still controlling my blood sugar, I have discovered this book! Read more
Published 8 months ago by jrcmillett
5.0 out of 5 stars A nice resource for diabetic athletes.
I found this book to be useful. It have great training tip and preparation tips for a number of sports.
Published 9 months ago by Chip Souser
5.0 out of 5 stars good information
I'm not a doctor. I have diabetes. I've been to a couple of endocrinologists that could learn a thing or two from this book. There is a lot of good information in this book. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Richard McCusker
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More About the Author

Sheri Colberg, PhD, is an author, college professor (Old Dominion University), exercise physiologist, clinical exercise researcher, and international lecturer on healthy lifestyles, diabetes prevention and management, exercise and physical activity, and much more (see for a full biography and access to her many articles and books). In addition to writing columns for and, she is frequently interviewed by the media, with recent interviews appearing in USA Today, New York Times, International Herald Tribune, Diabetes Forecast, "Diabetes Living Today" radio show, Reader's Digest, and other media outlets. Her favorite pastime (besides being physically active) is sharing information to help people live not just longer, but especially healthier lives, and she practices what she preaches as she has been exercising and living well with type 1 diabetes for over 44 years.

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