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"Inspirational--and practical. A must read that can make a difference in your life."--Richard N. Podell, MD, clinical professor, UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School

"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

Sheri R. Colberg, PhD, is an exercise physiologist and professor of exercise science in the Exercise Science, Sport, Physical Education, and Recreation Department at Old Dominion University. She has authored more than 100 articles on exercise and diabetes, along with five books, including The 7 Step Diabetes Fitness Plan.


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.

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Product Details

  • Series: Marlowe Diabetes Library
  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press; 1 edition (January 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1600940188
  • ISBN-13: 978-1600940187
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #342,385 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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As the mother of two young daughters with type 1 diabetes, I've read a lot of websites and books with highly technical medical information about diabetes.

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.
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This is one of the best books about diabetes and people living with diabetes that I have read in a very long time. As a person living with the disease for over 40 years, it was such an inspiration to read about other people that have lived with it even longer than I and to read about others who are dealing with the same issues that I deal with all the time. It is so important for people to know that diabetes does not have to be a death sentence...it is a manageable disease and the proof of that is in reading this book.

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.

Jane Dohrmann
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This is a really informative book for diabetics. It is so nice to know so many others are dealing with this disease. To read of their struggles over so many years of their lives and surviving and thriving is encouraging. There are many practical tips, also. Well worth the time and money to read.
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While it is true that some of the material is repeated, I think perhaps the authors are trying to stress and reinforce their points.

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!
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I might recommend this book for someone newly diagnosed but it doesn't have anything new or insightful for anyone who has done any reading about the subject before. It tends to be repetitive which makes for a difficult read. If you read the first page and first 2 or 3 quotes at the beginning of each chapter you pretty much have read the entire chapter.
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I enjoyed the episodic nature or this book. It is true that much of the information is not original, research, however, it is nice to hear about life from the people who are living it. I liked hearing about Dr. Richard Bernstein and his personal experience..
A good companion to this book is Riva Greenberg's book on 50 diabetic myths.
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