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The Johns Hopkins Guide to Diabetes: For Today and Tomorrow (A Johns Hopkins Press Health Book) Paperback – Large Print, June 21, 2001


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Product Details

  • Series: A Johns Hopkins Press Health Book
  • Paperback: 696 pages
  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press (June 21, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 080186657X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0801866579
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 5.9 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,594,815 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Library Journal

Written by a team of Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine practitioners, this valuable guide presents critical information about the physical, emotional, and psychological effects of diabetes. The nature of the disease, diet and exercise, treatments, complications, sexuality, pregnancy, and research are covered, often using the stories and concerns of actual patients. The language used, while sometimes complex in concept, is clear, enlightening, and reassuring to the reader. Positive examples stress the importance of individual knowledge and flexibility in daily life. An excellent beginner's guide, more comprehensive for the motivated reader than the American Diabetes Association Complete Guide to Diabetes (LJ 8/15/96), this book complements The Joslin Guide to Diabetes (LJ 7/95), providing additional information on the subjects of complications, treatments, research, and genetics. A required purchase for all health collections. [See also Laurinda Poirier and Katharine M. Coburn's Women & Diabetes, reviewed above.?Ed.]?Janet M. Schneider, James A. Haley Veterans Hosp., Tampa, Fla.
-?Janet M. Schneider, James A. Haley Veterans Hosp., Tampa, Fla.
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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A diagnosis of diabetes mellitus, though not the death sentence it was 80 years ago, can still shock a patient's sense of mental as well as physical well-being. To deal with the many aspects of such a shock, a clinically oriented academic physician, a private practice physician with mental health counseling experience, and a diabetes nurse-educator pool their viewpoints to produce a broad depiction of a difficult disease. Readers learn immediately and forcefully that a person either has or does not have diabetes--there is no middle ground. The authors then describe the tests leading up to a diagnosis, differentiate the disease's various forms, and examine current treatments. Control of diabetes depends not only on many types of insulin and its introduction into the body but also on diet, exercise, self-monitoring, and the patient's psychological state. A well-rounded, accessible resource. William Beatty --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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The power to control blood sugars...improves everyday_.
catherine guelph
This book was given to me by a dear physician friend and was the perfect gift to start understanding the "curse of Diabetes" in our family.
R. L. Orozco
And you can find specific information very quickly because the book is so thoughtfully organized.
Craig Matteson

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jean M. Nepa on March 29, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I can not say enough about how wonderful this book is. As an individual recently diagnosed with this chronic illness I found this book to be an invaluable resource of very factual and practical information for anyone who is looking for a comprehensive guide to understanding their illness. It is presented in a very easy-to-understand format. The authors provide detailed information about practical solutions in which to understand and deal with the many issues surrounding living with a diagnosis of diabetes. I also found the psychological emphasis of the book very refreshing and helpful. Out of all of the self-help guides available for diabetes this is the one book no diabetic should be without. Full of timely and up-to-date reliable information. It is the best guide you can spend your money on.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 16, 1999
Format: Paperback
I bought this book after having a diabetic reaction while driving. I was diagnosed 20 years prior and in good control. After my accident I needed something to help me cope emotionally. This book has comments about the psycological aspects of being diagnosed to dating to dealing with diabetes at work. It is easy to read and filled with imformation that is helpful to the diabetic and their family and friends.
I reccommend this book for anyone who has been diagnosed recently or not and for their family and friends too.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Craig Matteson HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on May 20, 2002
Format: Paperback
If diabetes has entered your life because of your own health or the health of a loved one you need to get a lot of information in order to control the disease as best as you can. This book is a GREAT place to start.
The book provides a good overview of what diabetes really is and why it is so destructive. But MUCH MORE important is the help it gives us in understanding how the disease impacts the way one lives. If the diabetes is responded to constructively the situation can be improved. Depending on the severity of the condition it can be improved a little bit to, in a mild case, something like normality. Most are somewhere in the middle.
The danger is to ignore the condition. This book can help make clear all the good things that can come from responding positively to the condition and gives helpful information on how to do that. And you can find specific information very quickly because the book is so thoughtfully organized.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 26, 1998
Format: Paperback
I bought this book just after being diagnosed (NIDDM), looking for a reputable book (i.e. not "aliens abducted me and cured Diabetes with Broccolli") about my new "best friend". This is it. Well written, accessible, and packed with information that the diabetic needs to know.
The only negative is that they cover IDDM and NIDDM a little too intermixed for my immediate needs - which were getting to know what I needed to know immediately. So I just skipped chapters about Insulin, etc. After the first read, going back and reading it all added to my knowledge.
I recommend "50 Things to Do when the Doctor Says It's Diabetes" as the 1st book and then this one as the second.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 22, 1999
Format: Paperback
This is a must-have book for anyone who has diabetes, their families and their friends. It is up to date, explaining the realities of the disease in simple and understandable terms. What sets this text apart from other's is the fact that it deals with the emotional issues as well as the physical aspects of living with this disease. It doesn't scold, lecture or have fatalistic views, rather it provides inumerable examples of real people coping with the disease in a positive and reassuring tone. This book will allow you to gain control of your life with diabetes, rather than letting the diabetes control you.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By E. A. Lovitt HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on April 4, 2007
Format: Paperback
This is the first book about diabetes that I read, after being diagnosed with the condition myself. It was a useful, tough-love experience. The authors discussed all of my excuses for not doing the right thing by my pancreas, and talked to me gently but firmly about monitoring my glucose levels, exercise, and nutritional therapy. A long chapter is devoted to the link between depression and diabetes, and the emotions that a patient plays through when first diagnosed. I didn't even think about the psychological effects when my various friends were diagnosed with the disease--one of them has had diabetes for over 20 years and is now giving herself insulin shots.

Sorry, Jan, CJ, Dennis, and Cathy. I had to learn the hard way about dealing with the psychological aspects of a diagnosis of diabetes. This book helped me through the various stages--I didn't stay in denial very long (evidently some diabetics pass away before admitting that they have the disease and need to treat it), but the authors did talk me out of blaming my grandmother (deceased these twenty years) for `bringing' diabetes into the family.

Incidentally, the chapter on "The Genetics of Diabetes" is fascinating. Type II diabetes (the kind you usually get when you're old and fat) is actually "much more strongly determined by genetics than is Type I." (Thanks, Grandma).

This guide was first published in 1997, before the glucose level for diagnosing diabetes was dropped from 125 mg/dl to 100 mg/dl, but the authors were already using 115 mg/dl as the criterion in their own practices. They hint that a new diagnostic specification is coming, then get on with the book. Both Type I and Type II diabetes are fully examined, along with Gestational Diabetes Mellitus (which has a whole chapter to itself).
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