Diabetes Demystified: A Self-Teaching Guide



If you or someone close to you has diabetes and you need to learn more about the disease, its complications, and its treatments, help is here. Diabetes Demystified explains the causes of diabetes, the differences between type 1 and type 2, and how diabetes can be effectively controlled.

Written by a doctor specializing in diabetes, this book helps you determine the best treatment plan ...

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If you or someone close to you has diabetes and you need to learn more about the disease, its complications, and its treatments, help is here. Diabetes Demystified explains the causes of diabetes, the differences between type 1 and type 2, and how diabetes can be effectively controlled.

Written by a doctor specializing in diabetes, this book helps you determine the best treatment plan for your needs and understand the different medications that are available. You'll find important information on day-to-day management, diet, nutrition, exercise, and weight loss. This helpful guide also includes specific recommendations for children, the elderly, and pregnant women with diabetes.

This easy-to-understand guide offers:

  • Advice for assembling a treatment team and support network
  • An overview of various diabetes medications
  • Steps for preventing complications from diabetes
  • Details on hypoglycemia
  • Important information on food and nutrition
  • Tips for developing a safe exercise program

Straightforward and accessible, Diabetes Demystified helps you incorporate diabetes care into your daily life without feeling overwhelmed.

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Reviewer: Cari Briley, MA, RD, LDN, CDE (University of Chicago Medical Center)
Description: This is comprehensive treatment of diabetes, including pathophysiology, complications associated with diabetes, and day-to-day management. Chapters cover additional considerations such as traveling with diabetes, diabetes during pregnancy, and diabetes as one ages.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide readers with a clear understanding of what diabetes is and how it is treated. The author strives to communicate that diabetes is manageable and accurately identifies the skills necessary to best care for diabetes on a daily basis.
Audience: It is written for individuals diagnosed with diabetes or family members looking for answers on the best way to care for a person with diabetes.
Features: The book starts by defining all types of diabetes, the various causes of diabetes, and the criteria for diagnosis. A thorough explanation of short- and long-term complications associated with uncontrolled diabetes follows, including labs and medications for treatment of hypertension and hyperlipidemia. The second part of the book discusses diabetes care, including assembly of a treatment team and support network, monitoring, medications, hypoglycemia, diet education, developing a safe exercise program, and weight loss. It finishes with other considerations such as traveling, diabetes during pregnancy, management during medical procedures and hospitalizations, and diabetes as one ages. An in-depth chapter covers the management of children diagnosed with diabetes, focusing on the role of the parent and touching on each element of self-management. Incorporated into each chapter are insightful facts labeled "did you know" and a helpful summary of bulleted points to remember.
Assessment: Overall, this is an excellent resource for anyone wanting to learn more about diabetes and diabetes self-management that flows well from one chapter to the next. Although it may be a better resource for individuals with an intermediate or advanced ability to learn., the summary at the end of each chapter, along with an extensive glossary, does assist in comprehension.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780071477956
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
  • Publication date: 11/5/2007
  • Series: Demystified Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 7.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.51 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr. Umesh Masharani, is an associate clinical

professor of medicine in the Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism and associate chief of the Diabetes Clinic at the University of California, San Francisco.

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Table of Contents


Chapter 1 – What is Diabetes?

Chapter 2 – What Kind of Diabetes Do You Have?

Chapter 3 – What Causes Type 2Diabetes?

Chapter 4 - Diet for Diabetics

Chapter 5 – Exercise Guidelines for Diabetics.

Chapter 6 - Vitamins and Herbs for Diabetics

Chapter 7 – Drugs in the Treatment of Type 2 Diabetes. New versus Old vChapter 8 – Insulin Therapy: New versus old types of Insulin

Chapter 9 – Insulin Pump

Chapter 10- What about Islet Cell Transplants?

Chapter 11– What should my Blood Glucose values be?

Chapter 12 – What is Hemoglobin A1c? What should be my target goal?

Chapter 13 – What is Low Blood Sugar and How to Treat it

Chapter 14 – What should my Blood Pressure be?

Chapter 15 – What should my Cholesterol be?

Chapter 17 – Gestational Diabetes

Chapter 18 Complications of Diabetes Heart disease

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 3, 2008

    If You Have Diabetes, You Should Read This Book!

    Dr. Masharani does a great job of explaining diabetes in this book, from why and how you may have gotten diabetes to how to live with it every day. As a person with diabetes for the past 48 years, I can attest to the value of the advice given in this book. It is a practical guide to living a long and healthy life with diabetes. I learned to appreciate the value of balancing meals and insulin with exercise, among many other valuable lessons. There is cogent advice concerning medications and supplements in this book as well. I highly recommend this book.

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