Diabetes For Dummies

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"The Greeks and Romans knew about diabetes. Fortunately, the way they tested for the condition--by tasting the urine--has gone by the wayside." Diabetes for Dummies has the friendly, quirky style you expect from all the For Dummies books, but this is no skim-the-surface Diabetes 101. Rubin has packed this book with useful information, peppered with warm advice for enjoying your life while living with diabetes. One of his points is that although you'd rather not have this disease, you're lucky to have it now instead of a few decades ago, because today you can manage diabetes and live a productive, quality-filled life.

The book is divided into sections on "Dealing with the Onset of Diabetes," "How Diabetes Affects Your Body," "Managing Diabetes: The 'Thriving with Diabetes' Lifestyle Plan," and "Special Considerations for Living with Diabetes." Each chapter is packed with facts and strategies on topics such as monitoring, battling complications, medications, diet, and exercise. If you skim, it's an introduction to diabetes; if you read it carefully, it's a textbook. Web surfers will appreciate the "Dr. W.W. Web" appendix, where Rubin lists many useful diabetes Web sites. (If you'd rather click than type, you can visit Rubin's Web site, where he offers links to all the diabetes sites.) Also included is a mini-cookbook of multiethnic recipes from noted restaurants, mostly in San Francisco (with the restaurant address, in case you want to order instead of cook). --Joan Price

Diabetes affects millions of Americans each year, but thanks to medical breakthroughs, many diabetics live long and happy lives. In a sense, a diagnosis of diabetes is both good and bad news, with the bad news being that you-ve been diagnosed, but the good news being that you-ll make some changes in your lifestyle that will not only prevent complications but help you lead a healthier life.

Now in its second edition, Diabetes For Dummies provides the most up-to-date information about the disease, covering everything from new medications to recent studies on ethnic groups and children. This trusted guide shows you what you need to know to:

  • Understand the causes and effects
  • Battle short-term complications
  • Prevent long-term complications
  • Monitor your glucose
  • Select a diet plan that-s right for you
  • Develop an effective exercise routine
  • Choose and use medicine safely
  • Deal with you child-s diabetes
  • Care for the elderly with diabetes
  • Cook great diabetes-friendly meals

Packed with ways to prevent or reverse the effects of diabetes and Web sites to find out more, as well as exposing myths about the disease, this is the ultimate guide to understanding and managing diabetes. You-ll even find delicious recipes from top chefs that satisfy every palette. Don-t let this disease stop you from enjoying life-survive and thrive with Diabetes For Dummies, Second Edition!

Customer Reviews:

  • Diabetes for Dummies
    My friend I got this book for loved it. Great book great thing for someone learning to live with Diabetes....more info
  • Diabetes For Dummies
    This book has more of type 1 diabetes. I found not much information on type 2. There is a section on diabetic exchanges that was helpful, but there wasn't very many foods. As usually, the Dummy book was humorous. ...more info
  • An Update
    This book is worth getting whether you are newly diagnosed or at a point where you really do want to manage your condition. It updates information from the original and offers newer resources. It is worth having as an initial learning tool and as an ongoing resource. ...more info
  • Very Helpful
    This book has a lot of good information and written so it can be understood....more info
  • Excellent!
    If you are new to diabetes, this book has all the information that you are looking for, in easy to understand explanations. A must have if you are diabetic or live with someone who is....more info
  • Diabetes for Dummies
    Finding out I have diabetes in October 2005 was terrifying. My bookshelf is running over with every kind of book on Diabetes 2. But, Diabetes for Dummies, gets right to the point. Easy to understand and helpful to those of us with diabetes and our families....more info
  • Diabetics for Dummies
    This book the Diabetic for Dummies has simplified the meaning of diabetes and has helped me to sort out the carbs issue which I have had a problem with. It is a quick reference. Thank You...more info
  • Makes it simple
    An ideal overview for newly diagnosed diabetics, not a lot here for someone with experience coping with it. This is the only book I found that also had a Spanish version....more info
  • One of the best books for people with diabetes
    One of the best books that is also very easy to read for busy people with diabetes.

    This book is easy to understand with up to date pictures, and information it even covers myths that are out there about diabetes that you might have heard.

    This book was very educational and easily understood by people from different age ranges. Even the person who has had diabetes for years would benefit from this book. A person with diabetes might even want to give this book as a gift to other people in thier families, or close friends so that they may too learn more about the disease.
    My mom loved it....more info
  • Sweet Success! Diabetic information you can use.
    Lots of information delivered in down-to-earth language that anyone can understand. I wish I had realized there was such a book a long time ago....more info
  • multiple diabetes for dummies
    This was purchased directly from Amazon as new product. No issues at all with delivery or product. This book is excellent for a first book to learn about diabetes....more info
  • Bad Book!
    This book didn't give enough information, and it was very misleading.

    Look for Dr. McDougall's books on Amazon. Or, if you google Dr. McDougall, you can go to his website and see what he has to say about diabetes. Numerous studies show about 75 percent of type 2 diabetes is completely curable - within 10 days - by changing your diet. Period. You can come off all medication and insulin. He gives the information you need, completely free, on his website. Use his method, and you'll soon see your blood sugars return to normal . . . but then the various companies that make a fortune off diabetes will be suffer a little.

    Another thing about this dummies book: It's chock-full of ads. The author heavily peppers his writing with all sorts of product endorsements and gets kickbacks for them.

    You might want to read Dr. Neal Barnard's Program for Reversing Diabetes: The Scientifically Proven System for Reversing Diabetes Without Drugs's Program for Reversing Diabetes before you jump to conclusions. He is president of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (a nonprofit organization with a lot of highly respected members.) He has a lot of respectable physicians endorsing his work. I encourage anyone reading this to search for his book on Amazon. You'll find it doesn't have any ads and no kickbacks from the big drug companies like the "Dummies" books.
    ...more info
  • You Should Have This
    No matter how long you deal with diabetes, sometimes it helps to see things in writing. This book is the place to go. My doctor actually told me about it for that very reason....more info
  • Diabetes Management
    Diabetes is a national crisis. The disease plagues
    children, middle-aged people and the elderly.
    The author suggests important modalities to help
    diagnose and manage the disease. These include
    monitoring/testing, exercise, prevention, foot care
    and periodic comprehensive eye exams.

    Classic aggravating factors are the following
    (according to the author):
    o iron (Fe. ) overload
    o anti-hypertension drugs
    o elevated blood glucose levels
    o inherited genes
    o hyperthyroidism causes the liver to produce extra glucose

    The condition may be helped by cooking with herbs; such as,
    ginger, tumeric or coriander powder. I've had a good experience
    with cinnamon. Lastly, resveratrol is cited as being helpful
    for reducing the adverse impact of aging.

    Overall, this book would be extremely helpful for diabetics,
    people in the pre-diabetic stage, people with inherited
    diabetes in the family medical history and everyone
    approaching their 40s....more info
  • Diabetes for Dummies
    I'm a big fan of the Dummies books. for someone who did not have patience for the diabetes classes, I found this had the answers I needed to monitor my health....more info
  • Diabetes for Dummies
    A little information about diabetes, OK for someone just involved with diabetes....more info
  • Still reading
    I needed this book for help and I was glad I got this book. It arrived quickly and I am still reading it. Thanks....more info
  • Removing some of the fear
    Like a lot of people, when first diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes, panic sets in. Your physician gives you a brief description of what you have. No matter how long he or she talks...all you hear is the echo of you have diabetes, you have diabetes. This book gives you a clear concise guide of what to expect and how to tackle this common issue. Using this book over and over as a reference tool is so beneficial, even more so than just sitting down and reading it cover to cover. Another addition I would recommend is the Diabetes Cookbook...more info
  • Diabetes for Dummies
    The book is a good way to keep up with changes in treatment of type one and type two diabetes. Those of us who have diabetes need to have a reference book that is updated with the latest treatment tools and diagnostic explanations. This book does that in a language easy to understand. ...more info
  • whimsical and informative
    With an air of humor and facts this dummies book is a gentle introduction to the lifestyle change we call diabetes. Tells the good the bad the history and the possible future. If you have to know the bad news, what better way to do it but with plenty of entertaining distractions.

    I imagine there will be many reprints to update information as the treatements and break throughs in diabetes evolve....more info
  • Okay for a start
    I bought this for my husband, hoping it would give him a basic understanding of his diabetes. It seemed geared more towards Type I which didn't apply to him. Some info, but I found another book that was more applicable....more info
  • Another hit from the "Dummies" series.
    As usual the "Dummies" series has created an interesting and informative book worth having. After my diagnosis, like most people hit by the surprise of such news, I was in total ignorance of what this diabetes thing was all about. I had many questions and wanted answers that were clear and simple. This book did that for me. It's an easy and fast read that you can refer back to over and over. I would highly recommend it to anyone. I feel it would be a good book for younger adults to read as well. ...more info
  • Get this book!
    I am now confined for the second time for my Diabetes 2. My doctor decided to confine me for another thorough check after I was rushed on an ambulance when my blood pressure went up to 230/140. I had this book and the Diabetec Cookbook on my shelf for a long while already, but I never had the chance to read it until now. Dr. Rubin made things so simple for me. Everything my doctor used to tell me make sense now. I am sure I will not make the same mistakes again when I get out of the hospital....more info
  • Good book but incomplete
    This book is very basic. I think it deals with the subject topic very well and it addresses the most basic components of the disease. I think another book that also addresses these issues with the exercise component explored in-depth. I would buy both, because a failure to come up with a practical plan for keeping your weight down means that these books are worthless. Suffers of this disease need every advantage, and dealing with the obesity issue is key.

    The Homeopathic and Diabetic Fitness Bootcamp Book...more info
  • diabetes for dummies
    This book breaks down the nutritional aspect of controlling the sugars and starches in ones diet. Most understandable. ...more info
  • Great book!
    I've used a lot of the Dummies books, so I was expecting, and got, a great deal. It was even recommended by my diabetes educator and her team! If you are recently diagnosed with diabetes like me, or have a loved one who has diabetes, this is a priceless tool. I highly recommend it!...more info
  • It helps the caretaker and answers many questions
    My husband is a diabetic and I care for him. I cook, so it is important to eliminate the sugars and starches that will cause diabetic problems. The book answered questions I didn't ask his doctor. It is a very useful important book for a serious illness. Low sugar causes as many problems as high sugar, read the book to help your loved ones....more info
  • Read this so that you can help your endocrinologist
    After my primary care physician diagnosed my diabetes, I was referred to an endocrinologist. With a month between diagnosis and that appointment, I started reading on the Internet and looking for good books. I picked up one that I'd bought months earlier about preventing diabetes, then bought "Dummies" for it's nuts-and-bolts information for someone already diagnosed.

    I agree with the other reviewer, that the type I and type II info is somewhat scrambled together. And I wish there were information on Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, but those are the only two negatives I've found.

    I read 2/3s of the book before meeting with my endocrinologist. I knew what we'd be discussing at the appointment. I knew that if I tested more than the 3 times that the pcp had recommended that I'd have solid data on how I was doing. I already knew the vocabulary, knew what the A1c test would tell us, etc. This gave us more time to talk about my future care and, most importantly, I had a list of questions that he could answer.

    Now I'm trying to decide if I should buy one for my mother who is also having some problems with her glucose levels. I was planning on giving her my copy when I'd finished it, but I'm thinking of holding on to it....more info
  • I WAS a dummy before I read this book
    I was a terrified dummy when I first learned I had type 2 diabetes in May of 2006. This is the first book I read. I felt like I could live with this disease (after reading it) and it would not be the death sentence I had previously thought it would be. We're only as healthy as we let ourselves be at any time. I plan on living to see my great grandchildren born and I don't have any grandchildren....yet!!...more info
  • 2nd best book for type 2 diabetes
    This was quite informative but not the clearest book on diabetes. If you're only going to buy one book I recommend "The 30-Day Diabetes Miracle." Best of luck to you in your quest for health....more info
    This book is a must have for someone just diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. It was recommended to me by my doctor. Not only is it very easy to understand it is also very easy to find exactly the information you are looking for to answer all of the questions you will undoubtedly have....more info
  • Just Okay
    I was looking for information specific to type 2 diabetes this was okay but very general. Not really very helpful....more info
    This is a must have for anyone that has or is taking care of someone with type I or II diabetes. EASY TO UNDERSTAND! ...more info
  • Very reassuring
    My husband and I have both been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes (within a week of each other). This book really helped get us up to speed on what we need to know. The tone is calm and reassuring, just what we needed. The recipe section in the back I thought was way too complicated for the sort of cooking we do, though. ...more info
  • Type 1 Diabetes guide.
    This book would be a perfect introduction for young adults and children who have been newly diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes, and their carers. A good reference....more info
  • Diabetic Information
    We just found out that my husband was diabetic. He was horrified. I prefer to research as much as possible to increase my knowledge, hopefully, providing better results. This book has great information. That would explain why the American Diabetic Organization recommended it. It provided information for us to cope and manage his health. I also purchased Diabetes 911...a great addition. Between the two, a couple pills and some insulin, we have dropped his glucose count by more than 350 in just 30 days. It is very likely that with just 2 little pills and watching his food choices, no insulin will be required. Bonus...he probably will be able to quit taking his high blood pressure medicine as well....more info
  • Fantastic
    Husband didn't have a clue when he got diagnosed. Learned quite a bit with this book before going to a nutritionist. Would highly recommend for newly diagnosed persons, especially with no access to a nutritionist....more info


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