Barnes and Noble Basics Diabetes

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You've just learned you have diabetes, and you're scared: as the 17 million Americans suffering from the disease know, it's stressful caring for an illness that requires 24/7 monitoring. Will you need to give yourself shots? What happens if you accidentally take too much insulin? How can you avoid suffering the side effects diabetes can cause? This reassuring manual will show you what to do, guide you when you see your doctor, and help you feel in control of your illness. It includes all the latest treatments ...

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Overview

You've just learned you have diabetes, and you're scared: as the 17 million Americans suffering from the disease know, it's stressful caring for an illness that requires 24/7 monitoring. Will you need to give yourself shots? What happens if you accidentally take too much insulin? How can you avoid suffering the side effects diabetes can cause? This reassuring manual will show you what to do, guide you when you see your doctor, and help you feel in control of your illness. It includes all the latest treatments (traditional, alternative, nutritional) as well as cutting edge therapies involving stem cell transplants. But you'll also find out what life is like with diabetes, how to cope with the psychological impact of having a chronic disorder, and how to talk to friends, family, and co-workers about the illness.

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Table of Contents

Foreword 6
Chapter 1 Getting the Diagnosis 7
Experiencing the symptoms 8
Seeing your doctor 10
Tests for diabetes 12
Types of diabetes 14
Getting a diagnosis 16
Possible causes 18
You are not alone 20
Keeping a health journal 22
Helpful resources 24
Chapter 2 Treatments 25
Doing the work of the pancreas 26
Glucose meters 28
All about insulin 30
Insulin injections 32
Insulin pumps 34
Pills for type 2 diabetes 36
Big benefits from exercise 38
Diet and weight loss 40
Smart treatment tips 42
Helpful resoruces 44
Chapter 3 Using the Internet 45
Top health sites for laypeople 46
Top medical research sites 48
Nonprofit organizations 50
Government agencies 52
On top of the news 54
Diet and exercise 56
Keeping useful records 58
Better searching 60
Online support 62
Mailing lists 64
Helpful resources 66
Chapter 4 Putting Your Team Together 67
Your primary care doctor 68
Endocrinologist 70
Diabetes educator 72
Ophthalmologist 74
Your advocate 76
How to be a smart patient 78
Support groups 80
Helpful resources 82
Chapter 5 Eating Right 83
Food fundamentals 84
Eating for your health 86
Hyperglycemia 88
Hypoglycemia 90
Using exchanges 92
Counting carbohydrates 94
Smart food shopping 96
All about alcohol 98
Eating on the go 100
Diabetes at all ages 102
Helpful resources 104
Chapter 6 Complementary Therapies 105
Weighing your alternatives 106
Massage & bodywork 108
Stress management 110
Meditation 112
Yoga, the "mindful" exercise 114
Beware of quackery 116
Helpful resources 118
Chapter 7 Living Smart 119
Exercise at work and play 120
Sex and diabetes 122
Finding insurance 124
Eating out 126
Traveling with diabetes 128
Helpful resources 130
Chapter 8 Sick Days 131
Dealing with flu and colds 132
Testing when ill 134
Over-the-counter medications 136
Working from home 138
Going to the hospital 140
Helpful resources 142
Chapter 9 Preventing Complications 143
Knowing the risks 144
Heart disease and stroke 146
Neuropathy 148
Retinopathy 150
Nephropathy 152
Helpful resources 154
Chapter 10 On Stress and Comfort 155
What is stress? 156
Chronic stress 158
Smart coping strategies 160
Learning to relax 162
Talking about it 164
Your partner's concerns 166
Managing the inconveniences 168
Helpful resources 170
Chapter 11 The New You 171
Life with diabetes 172
Stages of adjustment 174
Acceptance 176
Overcoming setbacks 178
Helpful resources 180
Chapter 12 Pregnancy 181
Diabetes and pregnancy 182
Gestational diabetes 184
Pregnancy with type 1 186
Pregnancy with type 2 188
Helpful resources 190
Chapter 13 Children with Diabetes 191
Stages of diabetes in children 192
After the diagnosis 194
I'm that child 196
A family experience of illness 198
Activities for children 200
Helpful resources 202
Chapter 14 Cutting-edge Research 203
Living history 204
The transplant cure 206
Improved testing and delivery 208
Less painful testing 210
Insulin improvements 212
Helpful resources 214
Glossary 215
Index 220
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