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Diabetes Burnout: What to Do When You Can't Take It Anymore Paperback – November 1, 1999
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If so, you may be suffering from "diabetes burnout"--and you're not alone.
This book addresses not only your frustrations, but also how burnout may contribute to poor self-care, high blood glucose, and later complications. A series of interactive questionnaires and self-evaluations guide you toward overcoming the barriers to good control. Worksheets help you to assess your motivational level and establish a successful plan of action.
Diabetes Burnout addresses such issues as:
Ten good reasons to hate blood sugar monitoring (and what to do about them) Worrying about long-term complications: the uses and misuses of fear Depression and diabetes: a tough combination Friends and family: the diabetes police How stress influences diabetes (and what you can do about it) And more!
Don't let diabetes be in charge of you. Let Diabetes Burnout show you how to take charge of diabetes.
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He knows that people make a cost/benefit analysis when it comes to self-care. If the behavior is too hard or too unpleasant, and the rewards don't seem worth it, we're not going to consistently exercise, check sugars, or eat what we're supposed to.
This problem is not just true for people with diabetes. It applies to anyone with chronic illness, or really, to anybody at all. I knew about this from living with multiple sclerosis, and I wrote about it in my book. But I didn't think anybody else had developed these ideas. I was sure Dr. Polonsky must have some kind of chronic condition himself, because he knows what it's like. But he doesn't have an illness. He's just very insightful.
I really like the humor in this book. I know some reviewers accuse him of being "cutesy" or Disneyfying diabetes, but I think being able to laugh at your situation helps, even when it's really painful. His description of "werewolf eating" and "Diabetes police" are highly evocative -- they get the point across. I don't think he's talking down to anyone -- he has compassion for people's struggles and wants us to feel better.
It's true that Diabetes Burnout does not cite its sources very well and doesn't contain a lot of specific info on diets or other self-care practices. But that's not its purpose. He is giving tools for identifying and overcoming our barriers -- social, practical, psychological or economic.Read more ›
On recommendation I bought this book with the thought "another book about facts and figures and how the perfect diabetic should rule his/her life".
On the first pages it goes straight into stories of real people who are going through what I'm going through "thank goodness I'm not the only one". At this point in my nightmare I wasn't looking for strategies on how to deal with this, only to know that diabetics who were in the same situation felt an dealt with it the same as me.
In this book there are sections which have questionnaires to make you really think about how you feel and think about your diabetes. These sections are labelled so you can tell which are relevant to you, so you don't have to read from beginning to end like other books and still feel none the wiser.
I enjoyed the way Polonsky uses humorous names like diabetic police, werewolf syndrome and sugar fairy. At last situations that made me angry and frustrated now make me chuckle to myself and deal with it in a calmer manner.
I would recommend this book to anyone and wish I had read it the beginning of my diabetes which would have helped me like it has helped me now.
WELL DONE DR. POLONSKY !
As observers, we forget that those who suffer from Diabetes are the same as the rest of us. They have bad days and good. They suffer from depression, stress, and boredom just like the rest of us. And to think that these day to day human experiences might affect the care we take in administering to a disorder like Diabetes is so simple and yet so profound.
I now look at those in my life with this disease in a new light. Perhaps an additional level of understanding and empathy. Through the testaments offered up in this book, I see how there are days or years when someone might reasonably feel like saying, "I don't want to be a Diabetic anymore!" And how this feeling can lead a person to stop caring for himself or herself.
I don't know if William Polonsky has all of the answers to overcoming what he calls "Diabetes Burnout". But I know that this book can serve those of us who love people with this disease to become better partners in their struggle to maintain good and healthy lives.
If you have been stressed out about diabetes and cant quiet figure out why, you need this book.
If a loved one has diabetes and it seems that everything you say to them about diabetes is wrong, you need this book.
William Polonsky is very insightful on this subject. I have been struggling with Type I diabetes for 15 years and have read many books on the subject.
What I like about this book it that it is "interactive" This books gives you direction. It gives you hope. Diabetes is a tough thing to go through and this book validates your feelings. It handles objectives in a very clear manner. Its not just a bunch of information thrown at you. Dr. Polonsky suggests ways to include the information that he writes about in very real situations.
This book is uplifting, refreshing, direct, (humorous too!) Its like he wrote the book for me!
My diabetes management has been easier since I have read this book. It makes me aware and gives me the tools I need to obtain my goals.
It is written in such a way that if I start slipping in one area I can refer back to the book and get back on track.
I KNOW with this book I can overcome Diabetes Burnout!
Thank you Dr. Polonsky!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Fantastic book--picked up to use as reference for my diabetes classes. Patients enjoy the use of humor. Great author, couldn't recommend morePublished 12 months ago by Maureen
I bought this book for my husband and he said that it had some good topics about coping with diabetes and ways to improve one's health....overall very informative.Published 14 months ago by JJENHIN
I think anyone with diabetes feels burn out at least once. I have only been diagnosed with the disease for 10 years and I know I feel this way at least weekly. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Tammie
AWESOME book. I should be a must
AWESOME book. A must read for every diabetic and family member of a diabetic. Read more