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Hypoglycemia For Dummies [Kindle Edition]

James Chow , Cheryl Chow
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Book Description

Hypoglycemia simply means “low blood-sugar,” but without concrete symptoms it’s very hard to diagnose. It is nevertheless a condition that should be watched over carefully. People react differently to low blood sugar as well as to the treatment they receive. Hypoglycemia for Dummies explores this fickle condition and shows you how to manage your blood sugar to feel better.

This no-nonsense, plain-English guide lays out the facts you need to maintain a healthy body. It offers expert advice on identifying symptoms, changing lifestyles, and also extensive coverage on diet, exercise, alternative treatments, and the link between low blood sugar and diabetes. This expanded 2nd edition provides:

  • A thorough explanation of hypoglycemia and how it affects your body
  • Exercise routines that lead to a healthier lifestyle
  • Diet suggestions on what to eat and how often
  • A basis for choosing a doctor that’s right for you
  • Vitamins and supplements that treat your symptoms
  • Ways to manage hypoglycemia in the workplace
  • An explanation of how hypoglycemia affects family and friends
  • Methods to de-stress yourself

Complete with tips on helping other hypoglycemics and myth-debunking facts about the disease, Hypoglycemia for Dummies is the fast and simple way to learn and treat the condition, with the help of the most up-to-date medical information available. Escape the blood sugar blues and starting feeling better in no time!

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From the Back Cover

Features healthy recipes that will ease your symptoms

Curb temptation and create a plan that improves your well-being

Do you suffer from hypoglycemia – or know someone who does? This reassuring guide sorts through the confusion surrounding this condition, presenting expert information on diagnosis, risk factors, and treatment options. You’ll also find diet and exercise regimens, as well as advice on finding the right doctor and setting up a support network.

The Dummies Way

  • Explanations in plain English
  • "Get in, get out" information
  • Icons and other navigational aids
  • Tear-out cheat sheet
  • Top ten lists
  • A dash of humor and fun

About the Author

Cheryl Chow has been a writer, editor, and journalist for over 20 years.

James Chow, MD, is a member of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine.

Product Details

  • File Size: 2016 KB
  • Print Length: 292 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 047012170X
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 2 edition (February 25, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004QGYQ0O
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #357,655 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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80 of 80 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars hypoglycemia for dummies May 13, 2003
As someone who is sick of "being in the fog" from my hypoglycemia I greatly welcomed this book. I needed a book to talk TO me about all of the overwhelming info for treating this and not another book that gave a lot of medical jargon I don't need or understand. I love this book for its nonwordy descriptions of the basics of hypoglycemia- I could actually read this book and understand it all. The writers do a good job discussing the symptoms and what is happening in the body for hypoglycemia to occur. Just like my dietician prescribed for me, Cheryl Chow discusses eating a 40 carb 30 protein and 30 fats early on and then increase carbs if your body allows it. It shows a new "hypoglycemic" food pyramid that shows bread, grains, pasta moved 2 steps up and the veggie group is what you should have more of. (THANK YOU!!) The book does seem to contradict itself in places when discussing carbs(or they may be just trying to say everyone is going to be different).
The only things that bothered me about the book is that, while it does discuss a lot of different topics such as herbal supplements, vitamins, exercise in detail it would discuss other topics with just a sentence or two. Usually these were areas that I would want a lot more detail because I'm having difficulty with them. Of course there were some topics discussed that I really did not see why they were relevant (I guess it may help someone else though).The recipe section was a bit disappointing- only 14 recipies. So if you want more try the Low Blood Sugar Cookbook by Patricia and Edward Krimmel (he's hypo too) and also The Zone. The Zone is based on the 40/30/30 plan too.
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70 of 80 people found the following review helpful
I would advise against this book. The authors are ill-informed and suggest such things as kava kava which has been shown to cause liver failure and the recipes contain white flour and white bread which is detrimental to blood sugar. I recommend books written by those who actually suffer from hypoglycemia such as "Hypoglycemia: The Classic Healthcare Handbook" by Jeraldine Saunders or "The Low Blood Sugar Handbook" by Edward Krimmel and Patricia Krimmel.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great beginner book! January 3, 2006
I read this book as a refresher and cannot imagine a more in-depth explanation of hypoglycemia and how to deal with it--emotionally and physically for beginners.

It does a great job of describing hypo and discussing the condition with friends and family. In addition, it helps explain what you should eat and when is the best time to do so. The only drawback I found was that the recipes included some of the things they say you should stay away from. However, after eating healthy and regularly, you will find that you can eat some of those things and not feel the effects. At the end of the day, you need to listen to your body and use the book as a tool.

Finally, I would also recommend reading Body for Life by Bill Phillips. His diet is something that hypo can and should use. He delves into the many different types of proteins and carbohydrates. He also has a Body for Life cookbook that I use 3-4 times per week. His cookbook offers easy to make recipes that would surpise you to find the meals so nutritionally sound.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Learning to Live w/ Hypo September 13, 2006
By C. Bunn
If any of you were the same as me you learned out that you had hypo and the doctor said it's a lot like diabetes so go get a diabetes book and follow the diet. I think the medical field is ill informed about hypo and could take a good lesson from this book. Hypo is a complicated disorder and until you know a lot about it it is hard to control. Hypo for Dummies gives you that knowledge you need. Keep in mind that the writers are practicing eastern medicine physicians, so some things they offer a regular physician of western medicine might not.

This book is a great place to start with though and it gives you the information you need to get started and to possibly follow up with a doctor knowledgable in hypo. I definately recommend the book!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book is excellent - and hot off the press July 21, 2003
By Shelley
I've been looking everywhere for a practical and up to date book on hypoglycemia. This one has only been published since a few months ago and I thought I'd give it a try. And a good thing too! Like all the 'Dummies' series it is credible and well-organised, with the information clearly picked out and lots of helpful lists.
Chow and Chow (the authors) take you through all the physical basis for hypoglycemia and how to recognise to what degree it affects you. But they also go on to give lots of helpful advice about diet, exercise, the effect on your moods, etc.
I would really highly recommend this book. If you take it seriously and follow the advice it has the potential to be a real life-changer. good luck!
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding! August 2, 2003
A superb book, written with exceptional clarity that makes it simple to understand the difficult to understand and frequently misunderstood condition of hypoglycemia.
Battling with a condition that requires moderate control of eating habits and exercise is never as easy as it sounds. Ms. Chow seems to realize this and has constructed "Hypoglycemia for Dummies" accordingly.
The book contains bucketloads of information about leading a healthy lifestyle, as well as, perhaps most importantly, advice on setting up the support system needed to maintain that way of life.
Highly recommended -- not just for hyoglycemics, but for anybody interested in living life to the fullest.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Helped me to understand what is going on with me where the doctor could not
Published 13 days ago by Karen M Robertson
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Okay but not great
Published 2 months ago by Betty Boop
5.0 out of 5 stars I wish this book had been available 50 years ago ...
I wish this book had been available 50 years ago when I was MISDIAGNOSED as a seizure person and remained on seizure medication (so I could drive) until 2012. Read more
Published 3 months ago by dolores johnson
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It said that it had much more information than it actually had.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very helpful
Very helpful information.
Published 4 months ago by Rich & Tina Morrsion
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Published 5 months ago by James T Batchler
5.0 out of 5 stars I always love books for dummies and idiots. They are 'real' and don't...
Funny, accurate and very helpful I already had the book and got another one for a family member.
Published 6 months ago by KJ Hooten
5.0 out of 5 stars Very helpful
I have been trying to read everything on the subject...I have had it for 35 years but never really took it too seriously till recently when I have began having more severe... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Jules B
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Information for a Sudden Diagnosis
I am finding this book extremely helpful as I journey through Hypoglycemia. Suddenly my diet and lifestyle had to change and the book is a good guide.
Published 12 months ago by Mary R. O'Brien
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