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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on March 29, 2000
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
on April 16, 1999
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
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
on September 26, 1998
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
on August 22, 1999
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
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).

The causes of diabetes, its symptoms, and the goals of treatment are explained in very clear language--you might not like what you're reading (diabetes is for life), but you'll be able to understand it. If the book makes you too cranky, be sure to check out the part about what happened to diabetics before insulin was discovered and extracted from pancreatic beta cells. The hardest chapters for me to read were the ones on diabetic complications, e.g. "Diabetic Eye Disease," and "Hardening of the Arteries."

The information on "Living with Diabetes," "Families Who Live with Diabetes," and those dealing with health care professionals, the U.S. Health Care System (or lack of one), and "Employment and Diabetes" will probably prove to be the most useful in the long run, but I recommend reading the whole book. If nothing else, I came out of it with a whole new (and much improved) attitude about monitoring my glucose level.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on January 1, 2004
_Fear is sometimes a positive force. In moderation, it can motivate people. Realistic fear of complications can strengthen your resolve to take the best possible care of yourself...The key to making your fears work for you..is to keep reminding yourself of the positive. The power to control blood sugars...improves everyday_. (p217)
Two months ago, I was diagnosed with diabetes. Since then, THE JOHNS HOPKINS GUIDE TO DIABETES has been my handbook and I feel fortunate that Christopher D. Saudek, M.D. and his staff have developed such a valuable tool. It is extremely easy to use, yet covers completely the topics associated with successful living with diabetes.
The Preface states, _This book grew out of our experiences in caring for people with diabetes, particularly at the self-managment program of the Johns Hopkins Diabetes Center. Much that we discuss in this book is drawn from the material used in our teaching sessions -- and indeed, from the material taught by diabetes educators throughout the country_.
I appreciate the self-management program promoted in this text. _A central theme of this book is that [I] can live a long and healthy life with diabetes, but it is a dangerous disease to ignore_. (p4) I learned that the diagnosis of diabetes is objective and ammoral, based solely on the level of glucose in the blood. Knowing that it really does not matter how my blood glucose levels got to be the way they were helped me to accept that something needed to be done to control them. I was able to adjust to daily life with diabetes, learning that I can in fact cope with it.
Understanding Diabetes is the first part of this book and the first part of successfully controlling this disease. The bulk of this book is in the next part, Controlling Diabetes. Their approach to goal setting is representative of this book's healthy attitude:
_We are talking about redefining the quality of life. We admit to looking through rose-colored glasses, downplaying the things you can't do or eat that you used to love. There's no denying that some things ought to be avoided some of life's patterns ought to be adjusted. But none of this has to impair your quality of life. You have the choice. You define quality. You set the goals._ (p36)
If you are interested in controlling your blood glucose levels, this text can show you how.
There is a strong spiritual component that comes into play when changing behaviors. The task of accepting the realities of diabetes; turning from destructive behaviours and turning to life-affirming behaviours is at the crux of repentance. Moving from denial to acceptance requires an element of faith. Faith in the diagnosis, faith in the cure, and faith in ourselves that we are able to take up the task day after day with a fresh re-commitment. My experience with diabetes has strenghtened my own spiritual confidence. The hard won changes to my glucose levels has given me confidence that I will be able to control other parts of my life.
PEACE
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on January 17, 2000
Plenty of detailed information for the diabetic. The information is broken up into easily readiable and managable chapters. No more thumbing through one long chapter for a tid-bit of information.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on November 10, 2001
An excellent basic reference and a recommended pick for both public and school libraries, the large print edition of Dr. Christopher Saudek, et.al.'s Guide To Diabetes assures that audiences who need it will be able to read it. From handling psychological problems to dealing with daily maintenance routines, this is packed with practical information. The large print edition of Dr. Cassel's will reach a wide audience and will prove a listing contribution to libraries. All eye disorders and health issues are covered here, with treatment options and symptoms thoroughly surveyed in an easy-to-understand manner. Highly recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on August 30, 2008
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. I in return also had given this book to other friends that I consider could benefit of it; to learn and understand more about Diabetes, it's diagnosis, control, care to live with it, and their imminent complications when we do not follow our doctor's recommendations. This is a very thorough and easy to understand book that should be in the hand of anyone already diagnosed or when Diabetes runs in the family
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