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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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About the Author

CHUCK EICHTEN is a design director at Nike Inc. He has spoken to a range of audiences about diabetes, including at the Diabetes Association national conferences in the U.S. and Canada.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Harmony; 1 edition (November 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307720683
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307720689
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.7 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #467,091 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Sysy Carolina Morales on November 24, 2011
Format: Paperback
Chuck Eichten has had type 1 diabetes for over 30 years. He has written a book called, The Book of Better targeted at anyone with diabetes. The book's all encompassing message to you: that perfect isn't possible but improvement always is so why not strive for that?. Talk about hitting the nail on the head.

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.
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As soon as I flipped through the pages in this book, I knew I'd enjoy it. Chuck Eichten's design sense glows from the pages. My only minor complaint is that some pages are yellow with white text, or white with yellow text. The contrast is a little low for me to read it easily without good lighting.

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.
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I was diagnosed with T1 a year and a half ago, and reading this book (or taking in the images) was a wonderfully comforting and encouraging experience. A lot of what he says isn't particularly new or genius, but it's fantastic to have someone like you affirm that yes, diabetes sucks, and that yes, your life can be awesome in spite of it. He also provides encouragement about living well--choosing health over convenience, and about living healthfully with the lot we were given. One portion that spoke to me in particular is when he talks about "unfairness." He says that yes, it's unfair we have diabetes. But we probably also got something unfairly that others are jealous of (good looks, charm, smarts, humor, ability to cook, etc.). It's all about perspective.

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.
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