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Know Your Numbers, Outlive Your Diabetes: 5 Essential Health Factors You Can Master to Enjoy a Long and Healthy Life (Marlowe Diabetes Library) Paperback – December 21, 2006
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This book has some good points. It does tell diabetics what numbers they need to keep in line. But its idea of what the glucose numbers should be are very damaging.
The book calls an A1c of 7.2 "respectable" and 7.6 "not too shabby." It claims there is no benefit to an A1c of 6.0 over a 7.0, which is outright false. Even the ADA says a NON-diabetic level (4.0-6.0) is ideal, though it's pretty hard to get that low by following their low fat/high carb advice.
Don't waste your money on this book! It just patronizes diabetics and tells them they aren't to blame when their meds are maxed out and they're still getting complications while doing what the ADA (and its followers) told them to do.
Follow an eating plan that truly controls the carbs (which are sugar to your body) you are eating and you can prevent or at least slow down the complications without all the meds. The ADA knows it works, but won't recommend it because "it's too hard" to stick with. Don't let the ADA (and its followers) make your decisions for you. Inform yourself! This book won't do that.
Does any of this sound familiar? Sure it does and you may have even heard it from your own doctor regarding your flailing health because of you are overweight or obese. It's the dreaded lecture that comes from physicians when they see certain health indicators come back as irregular.
But what if what you are dealing with is something even more life-threatening than just a bout with obesity, hypertension, or a poor lipid profile? What if it's one of the most dreaded of all diseases that makes you feel like your world has come to an official end? That's exactly what happens to some people when they are told they have been diagnosed with diabetes.
What did I do to cause this? How can something like this happen to me? Will I ever live a "normal" life again or am I destined for a life of painful insulin injections, expensive prescription medications, and endless doctor visits for the rest of my life?
These thoughts are not only very real to people who are told they have diabetes, but it can paralyze them even when they otherwise have their life under complete control. Diabetes has quite literally turned the life of millions of people upside down and leaves them with very little hope or help. Where can people turn when they are faced with such despair about this complex disease they have?
Whether you are Type 1 or Type 2 diabetic, then you have undoubtedly been given some all-too-familiar generic advice about handling your diabetes (like I illustrated at the beginning of this review) which is all meant to help you I am sure.Read more ›
First of all it's an easy read. Yes there's some repetition, I kept hearing the drumbeat of more exercise, more exercise as I went through the book. But this isn't a book of bad news for people with diabetes. It's a book all about how you can focus your efforts on things that really need the work.
Amy and Richard Jackson do a great job of explaining the five factors (my ordering of these): A1C; lipids; blood pressure; microalbumin; and eyes. They show what the various numbers mean for the first four and how to work on improving the values you're getting.
One value I got from reading, before I was half-way through the book, was that I finally really understood the exercise thing. So I've purchased a pedometer and am always looking for an excuse to work more.
I also like their idea of determining which ones are problems for you. This is like paying off your highest interest debt, rather than your largest on. Find out which health factor is the most problematic for you and improve that one. Then you can move on to the next.
I think this book is essential reading for anyone with diabetes whether Type 1 or Type 2. I highly recommend it.
The book, which takes a little under 300 pages, combines the medical knowledge of Dr. Jackson with the real life experience of Amy, who dedicated herself to writing about diabetes after being diagnosed with type I diabetes in May 2003, in her mid-thirties. The result is an amazing title aimed at focusing the diabetic patient on five fundamental factors to help him/her lead a long and healthy life. These factors are: your A1C, your blood pressure, your lipids, your microalbumin and your eye exam, to discard retinopathy.
After showing readers through the five main indicators, the authors present courses of action to track them and maintain them in control through exercise, food/diet, medications and monitoring. Towards the end of the book, there are chapters dedicated to the understanding of both type II and type I diabetes, as well as the so-called metabolic syndrome and the actual dangers faced by children of diabetics. The last few chapters deal with travel, feet and mouth care, emotional care and alternative treatment options for diabetics.
Though the book has a slight emphasis on type II diabetes, honestly all diabetics can find useful information in it. Since the publishing of Dr. Berstein's Diabetes Solution, I haven't encountered such a compelling and intuitive title for diabetics. I highly recommend it.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Bought this for my aging parents who understand if very well and finding a lot of information helpful.Published 11 months ago by karen skillins
Even though I have been a T2 for about 20 years, I find that there is a wealth of information in this book. I will be referring to it often.Published on October 25, 2012 by Amazon Customer
I thought I had read in the description that this book was about type 1 Diabetes but it really only pertains to type 2. Read morePublished on April 22, 2011 by BettsyB
A great book!! It's core message: IF YOU TAKE CARE OF THESE FIVE CRITICAL ISSUES, THERE IS NO REASON YOU CANNOT LIVE A LONG, HEALTY AND HAPPY LIFE. Read morePublished on April 26, 2010 by Alfred Cocchini
This Book is wonderful especially for the newly diagnosed Diabetic, it is very informative and helpful.I learned a great deal. Read morePublished on June 23, 2008 by D. Ross
I wish I could put a copy of Know Your Numbers, Outlive Your Diabetes: 5 Essential Health Factors You Can Master to Enjoy a Long and Healthy Life in every diabetes clinic. Read morePublished on June 6, 2007 by Rachel M. Baumgartel
In the 9 months since I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, I've read numerous books, countless articles in magazines, tens of websites and blogs and gotten a great deal of... Read morePublished on March 12, 2007 by Aquazebra
If every Type 2 PWD read this book it might save millions of lives. After 35 years of having diabetes I learned something I never knew - the 5 tests that are predictors for getting... Read morePublished on February 5, 2007 by Riva Greenberg