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The Book of Better: Life with Diabetes Can't Be Perfect. Make It Better. Paperback – November 1, 2011
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The book is written in an extremely straight forward style, suitable to those who respond to that and perhaps, most any man. It's a really witty book, includes fun visual art and a lot of aesthetic appeal (with exception of some white font on yellow background-well at least it's large white font). This comes as no surprise since Chuck Eichten is Nike's creative director. In fact, Nike's timeless "Just Do It" slogan totally relates to this book, which admittedly delighted me to no end.
I have to say, I felt like boxing with the author a couple times. He says insulin pumps are "the Best Available Treatment". I agree on the condition that it is actually what works best for someone. And someone isn't equivalent to everyone. I haven't had an A1c over 6.0% in over 5 years and I've never had a seizure or passed out from a low and I don't use a pump. I did for seven years and it did not work for me. In Eichten's opinion, you're crazy if you have access to a pump but don't have one. He talks about how pumps allow a person the flexibility to sleep in late, to skip meals or snack in between them, and to be more sexy on dates because it's probably more of a turn on to be on a first date and hit some buttons on a gadget that's mysteriously connected to you by tubing than to inject a needle at the table. I use Lantus and Humalog insulin and between the two I can sleep in and skip meals and frankly, I feel sexier when I'm not connected to the pump.Read more ›
If you've not already guessed from the title, the idea behind the book is that you can NEVER be in perfect control of your diabetes. So why not take every opportunity to make living with diabetes a bit better.
I laughed through chapter 6, People with Diabetes and the People Who Love Them. If you've already experienced relatives who are diabetes police, you know exactly why.
"You can eat that?"
"Yup. I have to be careful about when and how much I eat."
"My favorite time of year is the time between family get-togethers."
Been there way too many times.
Chapter 8 is all about using insulin pumps. It's very high level overview packed with reasons why you should seriously consider one. If you're interested in the pump encyclopedia check out Pumping Insulin which gives you everything you need to know about pumping effectively.
I read half this book at my first sitting and alternately chuckled and nodded my head in agreement.
If you're starting to learn about diabetes, The Book of Better will give you some extra information about doing this effectively. But I see it primarily as a book to get you out of a rut where you may not notice opportunities to make your life with diabetes easier, safer and more fun.Read more ›
His brief discussions of Type 2 are over-simplified, which may be confusing for those less familiar with the diseases. He says that Type 1 doesn't make enough insulin, and that Type 2 doesn't make enough for a person's size (obesity). Obesity is part of the Type 2 equation, but the mechanism he describes isn't complete. In fact, I don't remember him mentioning "resistance" at all.
Furthermore, the author admits that he can tend to be on the heavy-handed side of the diabetes care spectrum, which shows through some of his writing. He admits to having had frequent, severe low BG incidents, and that his A1C was lower than many individuals' who aren't diabetic. He says he's gotten better about this of late, and that he is better with moderation, but it's evident that these habits color some of his writing. For example, in part of the exercise portion he includes an exercise calendar on which every day is marked "work out" except for two days marked "surgery" and "have a baby.Read more ›
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This is the ONLY book I have seen for Type 1 diabetics that gives you a realistic look in the psychology behind trudging through day in, and day out with this chronic disease. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Katyusha
Really like this book. Gave the first copy I bought away. It's encouraging and helpful and factual. Great for anyone with Diabetes.Published 22 months ago by Amazon Customer
Very practical and easy to read. Makes reader ( diabetic or loved one of a diabetic) more comfortable and at ease with the chronic condition. Read morePublished on June 23, 2014 by PEV
I am new to type 1 diabetes and am trying to learn all that I can. The best part of this book is the message, which the author repeats throughout the book, that patients should do... Read morePublished on May 18, 2014 by Savvy Mom
This book is remarkably encouraging to people with diabetes. I've had Type 2 for about 11 years but gained very little practical knowledge of it until recent months. Read morePublished on April 20, 2014 by jd
This is an excellent read for any diabetic,their loved ones and their friends also.It is full of good advice written with good humor and the author is also an artist so the book is... Read morePublished on October 19, 2013 by James Liegl
I have not read the book as yet, but the book was praised by a medical professional so I assume it will be good.Published on September 14, 2013 by Lee A. Emanuel