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Know Your Numbers, Outlive Your Diabetes: 5 Essential Health Factors You Can Master to Enjoy a Long and Healthy Life (Marlowe Diabetes Library) Paperback – December 21, 2006
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First of all it's an easy read. Yes there's some repetition, I kept hearing the drumbeat of more exercise, more exercise as I went through the book. But this isn't a book of bad news for people with diabetes. It's a book all about how you can focus your efforts on things that really need the work.
Amy and Richard Jackson do a great job of explaining the five factors (my ordering of these): A1C; lipids; blood pressure; microalbumin; and eyes. They show what the various numbers mean for the first four and how to work on improving the values you're getting.
One value I got from reading, before I was half-way through the book, was that I finally really understood the exercise thing. So I've purchased a pedometer and am always looking for an excuse to work more.
I also like their idea of determining which ones are problems for you. This is like paying off your highest interest debt, rather than your largest on. Find out which health factor is the most problematic for you and improve that one. Then you can move on to the next.
I think this book is essential reading for anyone with diabetes whether Type 1 or Type 2. I highly recommend it.
Richard Jackson, MD and Amy Tenderich provide a realistic guide to diabetes, particularly type 2 diabetes, with this book. The focus is on the results of the five tests that determine diabetes health (A1C, blood pressure, lipids, microalbumin, and eye exam) and the importance of physical activity rather than providing another lecture about weight loss and forbidden foods. Countering fears about insulin is another important aspect of this book. If someone needs insulin to keep good results coming on the five key tests, they should not fear it - they should embrace it as a way to curb future complications.
I might not be able to provide a copy to every person with type 2 diabetes...or even every diabetes clinic, but I can lend my copy to those interested in learning more about their own or their loved one's condition.