50 Diabetes Myths That Can Ruin Your Life: And the 50 Diabetes Truths That Can Save It [NOOK Book]

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Patient-expert Riva Greenberg's book is an essential guide for the more than 24 million Americans with diabetes and the more than 57 million with prediabetes. 50 Diabetes Myths That Can Ruin Your Life puts the “power of truth” directly into patients’ hands, dispelling the 50 most common myths that tend to rule their lives, such as: “You have to be fat to get diabetes,” “Eating too many sweets causes diabetes,” “Insulin shots are painful,” and “Type 2 diabetes is not as serious as Type 1.” With recommendations ...
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Overview


Patient-expert Riva Greenberg's book is an essential guide for the more than 24 million Americans with diabetes and the more than 57 million with prediabetes. 50 Diabetes Myths That Can Ruin Your Life puts the “power of truth” directly into patients’ hands, dispelling the 50 most common myths that tend to rule their lives, such as: “You have to be fat to get diabetes,” “Eating too many sweets causes diabetes,” “Insulin shots are painful,” and “Type 2 diabetes is not as serious as Type 1.” With recommendations from top experts and engaging patient stories, 50 Diabetes Myths That Can Ruin Your Life explains the crucial information everyone managing this chronic illness needs to know to live a long, healthy life with diabetes.
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Editorial Reviews

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Library Journal online Xpress review, 7/24/09
“[Riva Greenberg] is singularly well placed to help those with diabetes separate the wheat from the chaff in terms of the validity of the plethora of available information. This is an extremely readable one-stop information spot for diabetes management, written by a patient-expert with the support of a huge team of contributing experts.”

DiabetesDaily.com, 8/18/09
“I read about diabetes day and night, yet I still found this book illuminating. There are many persistent and widely believed myths about diabetes. It's important to dispel them, especially at the beginning, to save those with diabetes from devastating mistakes. 50 Diabetes Myths That Can Ruin Your Life accomplishes this goal in an easy-to-browse fashion.”

ASweetLife.org, 12/17/2009
“In clear, straightforward and reassuring language, the truth about what diabetes is and what power [we] have to control it…Greenberg is excellent at explaining both why it’s important to pay attention to and actively manage your diabetes, and why, if you do so, diabetes will not ruin your life…Greenberg’s book is also a great resource to educate well-meaning family and friends.” 

Midwest Book Review, November 2009
“Author Riva Greenberg—also a patient—separates myth from truth…A fine survey identifying the fifty most common popular diabetes myths and the realities.”

WebMD Conquering Diabetes blog, 2/2/10
“A book you should definitely get if you have diabetes…Provides a first-class tour of the diabetes facts that matter most. You may think you know a lot about diabetes, but I guarantee this book will take your understanding to new heights. The format is clever. Each of the 50 chapters opens with a myth…By organizing the book into such highly digestible little bites, each of which is a tasty morsel of highly seasoned information, the reader is treated to a gourmet self-education experience. Riva Greenberg’s information-packed book is nicely written, factually up-to-date, and relevant. Myths about nutrition, weight loss, exercise, medication, complications, and others are debunked and replaced with the information you need to life your best life. Riva is an excellent communicator, and she knows exactly which topics to highlight…An important contribution to patient education.”
 

John Koenig’sStuff I Like” Blog, 2/4/11 “Greenberg does a great job of sorting the truth from the fables.”

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786749652
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press
  • Publication date: 9/9/2009
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 464,791
  • File size: 574 KB

Meet the Author


Riva Greenberg, who has lived with diabetes 30-plus years, writes for DiabetesHealth magazine and speaks frequently at medical conferences, health expos, and in other patient settings. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.
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Table of Contents

Contributing Experts xi

Introduction xv

Common Myths

1 Eating sweets causes diabetes 2

2 I have to be overweight to get diabetes 8

3 I don't have to watch myself because my doctor says I have "just a touch of sugar" or I'm "only borderline." 12

4 Type 2 diabetes is not as serious as type 1 17

5 I've just been diagnosed; I can't have complications yet! 22

6 Only adults get type 2 diabetes and only kids get type 1 29

7 If I have to go on insulin, it's the beginning of the end 34

8 So many of my family members have diabetes, I'm certain to get it! 39

9 People with diabetes can't eat sugar 44

10 Diabetes is the leading cause of blindness, heart attack, kidney disease, and amputation 49

11 Most people who have diabetes eventually lose their feet 54

12 Insulin shots are very painful 60

13 There's nothing I can do to prevent my kids from getting diabetes 64

14 People who have diabetes have to wear special shoes 72

Medical Myths

15 Diabetes medications make you gain weight 78

16 I can't have diabetes because I have no symptoms 83

17 If I lose weight and don't require medicine anymore, I'll no longer have diabetes! 88

18 There's nothing new for treating type 2 diabetes 94

19 If I'm sick (such as with a cold or flu) and barely eat, I shouldn't take my diabetes medicine 102

20 If my diabetes is under control, there's no need to see my doctor 106

21 If I take insulin, I must eat snacks during the day and at bedtime 114

22 I've heard for thirty years that there's going to be a cure for type 1 diabetes, but nothing's changed 118

23 Women with diabetes shouldn't get pregnant 124

24 The stresses and strains of everyday life don't affect diabetes130

25 My doctor manages my diabetes, so I don't have to concern myself 136

26 There is one specific "diabetic diet" I should follow 142

27 Healthful foods won't raise my blood sugar 149

28 I can't eat anything I like anymore! 153

29 It doesn't matter what I eat if I "cover" it with my medicine 160

30 When I feel the symptoms of low blood sugar, I should keep eating sweets until I feel better 164

31 People with diabetes should eat only sweets labeled "sugar-free" or "diabetic" 169

32 I shouldn't drink alcohol because it will raise my blood sugar 174

Body Fitness Myths

33 I have to lose a lot of weight for my diabetes to improve 180

34 Exercise isn't important for managing my diabetes if I'm taking medicine 186

35 If anything were really wrong with my foot, it would hurt 195

36 My vision is blurry because I'm getting older 200

37 It's not safe for people with diabetes to exercise or play sports 206

38 Diabetes has nothing to do with erectile dysfunction or female sexual problems 212

39 There's nothing to help the pain in my feet! 217

40 Diabetes certainly doesn't affect my teeth or gums 222

Psych Myths

41 I can't ever take a break from dealing with my diabetes 230

42 If my doctor says it's time for me to take insulin, I'm a failure 235

43 I should be able to take diabetes in stride 241

44 Teens take better care of themselves when they understand the importance of doing so 247

45 There's nothing good about having diabetes 254

Practical & Practices Myths

46 Financial help for diabetes treatment, supplies, and education is not available to me 262

47 Once I begin using a bottle of insulin, it has to be refrigerated 269

48 I should never use a syringe, pen needle, or lancet more than once 273

49 I can't bring syringes and other diabetes supplies aboard an airplane 277

50 If I wear an insulin pump, my diabetes is really "bad" 281

Acknowledgments 287

Glossary 289

References 293

Index 305

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