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50 Secrets of the Longest Living People with Diabetes (Marlowe Diabetes Library) Paperback – January 1, 2008
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"The advice that Sheri Colberg and Steven Edelman offer is excellent and will help everyone living with diabetes to live a better, healthier, and longer life. I would also say that much of their guidance would be well heeded by everyone, not just people with diabetes."--Jeff Hitchcock, Children with Diabetes
"Camaraderie is truly what soothes the diabetic breast. As I'm reading read through this book, my neck is getting tired from the constant nodding and saying 'Yes! Yes! This is what it's all about!' Who knows more about living successfully with diabetes than the people who have done it for so many years. After I've soaked up every word, I might be willing to share it with my patients."--Gary Scheiner, CDE, author, "Think Like a Pancreas" and "The Ultimate Guide to Accurate Carb Counting
" "Most books tell you what the authors think you should be doing about your diabetes. "50 Secrets of the World's Longest Living People with Diabetes" tells you what long-lived people with diabetes actually are doing about their diabetes...Their stories are inspiring as well as instructive."--Gretchen Becker, author, "The First Year(R)--Type 2 Diabetes and Prediabetes
" "Information about the inspiring individuals with diabetes was woven in with the fifty great secrets in a very entertaining and educational way. I endorse it to teach, train, and coach those of us with diabetes."--Paula Harper, RN, CDE, founder and president, Diabetes Exercise & Sports Association
""50 Secrets of the Longest Living People with Diabetes" is full of inspiring examples...Indeed, diabetes is treatable and is more and more treatable all the time, while many other chronic diseases are not. This is another of the excellent and positive points that these two authors make throughout this important book."--David Mendosa, coauthor, "The New Glucose Revolution What Makes My Blood Glucose Go Up...and Down?," and author, "Losing Weight with Your Diabetes Medication
""While at the University of Michigan we developed the notion of 'patient empowerment' and 'taking control, ' which Sheri Colberg and Steven Edeman have captured in a most elegant manner with case histories of people who have thrived for many years despite having diabetes."--Aaron Vinik, MD, PhD, director, Strelitz Diabetes Research Center
"Encouraging, informative, and easy to read...this is my kind of diabetes book! If nothing else, you'll be delighted to discover how many of the secrets you've already mastered."--Amy Tenderich, journalist/blogger, www.diabetesmine.com, and coauthor, "Know Your Numbers, Outlive Your Diabetes"
About the Author
Steven V. Edelman, MD, founder and director of Taking Control of Your Diabetes, is a professor of medicine in the Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism at the University of California, San Diego, and director of the Diabetes Care Clinic at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in San Diego. The author of four books on diabetes for consumers and professionals, his research has appeared in more than 200 publications.
Top Customer Reviews
It was refreshing to sit down and read a book full of stories. When's the last time you read a book about diabetes that was actually hard to put down? This is a book like that.
One can't help but be encouraged by stories like those of the two brothers, ages 87 and 91, who have had diabetes since early childhood. Both have avoided major complications even though they lived most of their lives in the "dark ages" (pre-glucometers). The 87-year-old brother often rides his bike 20 miles at a time. The book is full of stories like these.
Interspersed between the stories of these inspiring diabetic people are the 50 secrets. I'll list ten of them here:
1. Live first and be diabetic second.
2. Control your problems before they control you.
3. Consider being a grazer.
4. Always carry a toothbrush.
5. Erase your mistakes with exercise.
6. Love (and hate) your pump.
7. Involve your family and friends.
8. Have kids if you want to.
9. Understand possible diabetes complications.
10. Respect the power of diabetes.
The 50 secrets aren't earth-shaking but there is commentary from these diabetics on all of the secrets and it is motivating and encouraging. The advice is very, very practical.
The authors don't shy away from the grim statistics: "just by having diabetes, you already have twice the risk of dying young as someone who is diabetes-free." Some of the 50 people in the book share stories about scary hypoglycemic episodes while driving.Read more ›
I suppose I shouldn't brag too much since I'm quoted quite a bit in this book, but it is truly a book for anyone with diabetes. It is filled with amazing suggestions, (yes, even I learned some new things!) and it should encourage all who take the time to really absorb the contents.
Dr. Sheri and Dr. Steve are both wonderful people and certainly experienced in their field as they, too live with diabetes.
I already know much of the contents of this book: but I was diagnosed 12 years ago. Because of a combination of limited education available to me and condescending doctors, I inched my way through the years gradually learning all of the tips, techniques, and approaches that could help me. I'm still learning. It's too bad that diabetes education is so scattershot. And also too bad that people don't take their diagnosis as seriously as they should.
I didn't get my diabetes truly under control until quite a while after my diagnosis. If you are diagnosed, or described as a "pre-diabetic" I would urge you to read this book and take it to heart. I also recommend very highly the advice you will find in the books by Dr. Richard K. Bernstein.
Get this book. Get the Bernstein books (Diabetes Solution and Diabetes Diet). And follow the advice! It may seem overwhelming at first but how I wish I had this valuable advice when I was first diagnosed. And how I wish I had taken my diabetes seriously earlier on.
My most salient advice is:
Watch your diet and stick as close to Bernstein's advice as you can.
Monitor your sugars as frequently as you can.
Learn about the effects of exercise: if you exercise, you will most likely need less insulin.
Learn from everything you do. And take it seriously!
A good companion to this book is Riva Greenberg's book on 50 diabetic myths.
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As a certified diabetes educator who spends day after day teaching patients how to better manage their diabetes, I can only say that I wish EVERY person with diabetes would read... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
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50 Secrets of the longest living people with Diabetes is a must read for any diabetic, family members, friends and all medical personal treating a Diabetic..Published on June 5, 2014 by Robyn Scorer
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This book is perfect for the person who was just diagnosed. It demonstrates that diabetes is a disease that you can manage and live a full productive life.Published on August 12, 2013 by Deri
I confess I haven't finished reading it, but I like that I'm getting first-person reports for this difficult subject. Read morePublished on August 11, 2013 by krystalbird
This book was best read yet for useful info and inspirational examples. I have read several books on diabetes. So glad I ordered this.Published on September 6, 2012 by mush2000