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50 Secrets of the Longest Living People with Diabetes (Marlowe Diabetes Library) Paperback – January 1, 2008
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About the Author
Steven V. Edelman, MD, founder and director of Taking Control of Your Diabetes, is a professor of medicine in the Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism at the University of California, San Diego, and director of the Diabetes Care Clinic at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in San Diego. The author of four books on diabetes for consumers and professionals, his research has appeared in more than 200 publications.
More About the Author
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 47 years. Find more useful advice about being active and staying well with any type of diabetes (or preventing it) on her new web site at www.diabetesmotion.com.
Top Customer Reviews
It was refreshing to sit down and read a book full of stories. When's the last time you read a book about diabetes that was actually hard to put down? This is a book like that.
One can't help but be encouraged by stories like those of the two brothers, ages 87 and 91, who have had diabetes since early childhood. Both have avoided major complications even though they lived most of their lives in the "dark ages" (pre-glucometers). The 87-year-old brother often rides his bike 20 miles at a time. The book is full of stories like these.
Interspersed between the stories of these inspiring diabetic people are the 50 secrets. I'll list ten of them here:
1. Live first and be diabetic second.
2. Control your problems before they control you.
3. Consider being a grazer.
4. Always carry a toothbrush.
5. Erase your mistakes with exercise.
6. Love (and hate) your pump.
7. Involve your family and friends.
8. Have kids if you want to.
9. Understand possible diabetes complications.
10. Respect the power of diabetes.
The 50 secrets aren't earth-shaking but there is commentary from these diabetics on all of the secrets and it is motivating and encouraging. The advice is very, very practical.
The authors don't shy away from the grim statistics: "just by having diabetes, you already have twice the risk of dying young as someone who is diabetes-free." Some of the 50 people in the book share stories about scary hypoglycemic episodes while driving.Read more ›
I suppose I shouldn't brag too much since I'm quoted quite a bit in this book, but it is truly a book for anyone with diabetes. It is filled with amazing suggestions, (yes, even I learned some new things!) and it should encourage all who take the time to really absorb the contents.
Dr. Sheri and Dr. Steve are both wonderful people and certainly experienced in their field as they, too live with diabetes.
I already know much of the contents of this book: but I was diagnosed 12 years ago. Because of a combination of limited education available to me and condescending doctors, I inched my way through the years gradually learning all of the tips, techniques, and approaches that could help me. I'm still learning. It's too bad that diabetes education is so scattershot. And also too bad that people don't take their diagnosis as seriously as they should.
I didn't get my diabetes truly under control until quite a while after my diagnosis. If you are diagnosed, or described as a "pre-diabetic" I would urge you to read this book and take it to heart. I also recommend very highly the advice you will find in the books by Dr. Richard K. Bernstein.
Get this book. Get the Bernstein books (Diabetes Solution and Diabetes Diet). And follow the advice! It may seem overwhelming at first but how I wish I had this valuable advice when I was first diagnosed. And how I wish I had taken my diabetes seriously earlier on.
My most salient advice is:
Watch your diet and stick as close to Bernstein's advice as you can.
Monitor your sugars as frequently as you can.
Learn about the effects of exercise: if you exercise, you will most likely need less insulin.
Learn from everything you do. And take it seriously!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I am a recently diagnosed Type 1 diabetic (at 48 years old). There is LOTS of information out there on the countless scary and terrible complications that can result from this... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Gabe
50 Secrets of the longest living people with Diabetes is a must read for any diabetic, family members, friends and all medical personal treating a Diabetic..Published 20 months ago by Robyn Scorer
Wow - this book was so insightful, inspirational and reassuring. A must read for anyone with diabetes and even friends and family of diabetics to get a better understanding of what... Read morePublished on February 1, 2014 by Amy
This book is perfect for the person who was just diagnosed. It demonstrates that diabetes is a disease that you can manage and live a full productive life.Published on August 12, 2013 by Deri
I confess I haven't finished reading it, but I like that I'm getting first-person reports for this difficult subject. Read morePublished on August 11, 2013 by krystalbird
This book was best read yet for useful info and inspirational examples. I have read several books on diabetes. So glad I ordered this.Published on September 6, 2012 by mush2000
Antedotal stories of long lived people with diabetes of various sorts were nice to read but no big secrets that most people don't already know. Read morePublished on October 14, 2011 by S. Spangenberg