Diabetic Athlete's Handbook

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Overview

Don't let diabetes slow you down. Whether you're a recreational exerciser or a competitive athlete, the Diabetic Athlete's Handbook has the training and performance advice you need to remain active and at the top of your game.

Renowned researcher and diabetes expert Dr. Sheri Colberg has developed a practical guide specifically for athletes of all ages with type 1 and type 2 diabetes. The Diabetic Athlete's Handbook provides you with the most up-to-date information on insulins and other medications, glucose monitors, blood sugar management, nutrition and supplements, injury prevention and treatment, and mental strategies for maximizing performance and optimizing health.

Featuring more than 100 sport-specific training guidelines for fitness, endurance, power, and outdoor activities, the Diabetic Athlete's Handbook is the one resource you can't afford to be without. Rely on it to stay healthy, be more active, train smarter, and reach new levels of athletic success.

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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: Ronald N. Cohen, MD (University of Chicago Medical Center)
Description: This is a guide for established athletes with diabetes, as well as for patients with diabetes who wish to start an athletic program. Part I covers exercise in patients with diabetes, and part II discusses specific activities, ranging from fitness activities to endurance sports to power sports. It provides suggestions about adjusting insulin therapies when competing, as well as important dietary approaches.
Purpose: The purpose is to serve as a guide for athletes with diabetes, particularly people who wish to combine tight control of their diabetes with an active, athletic lifestyle. The author does an excellent job of meeting this goal.
Audience: The audience of diabetic patients who are athletes is broad, ranging from individuals who include exercise as part of a healthy lifestyle to professional athletes and everyone in between. The book is geared specifically to patients who want to keep excellent control of their diabetes.
Features: After discussions of diabetes basics, diabetes medications, and dietary approaches, the book focuses on specific athletic activities and the best way to adjust insulin, other medications, and diet in order to optimally participate in the sport. (All approaches are noted to be suggestions, with the understanding that each person will react a bit differently to these activities.) A huge range of sports is discussed, including running and jogging, rowing, soccer, scuba diving, and almost every other sport imaginable. The book incorporates profiles of individual athletes, including their personal stories as well as their suggestions.
Assessment: This is a very interesting book. It provides excellent suggestions about how to include exercise as part of a diabetic lifestyle, and how to optimally adjust therapy before, during, and after exercise. It is a very helpful book for diabetic patients who want to incorporate sports and exercise into their active lifestyle.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780736074933
  • Publisher: Human Kinetics Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/31/2008
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 296
  • Sales rank: 199,132
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Sheri R. Colberg is an exercise physiologist and professor of exercise science at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia. She specializes in exercise and diabetes and conducts extensive research in these areas thanks to funding from the American Diabetes Association and other organizations.

Dr. Colberg has over 40 years of practical experience as an athlete living with type 1 diabetes. She is the director of the Human Performance Laboratory at Old Dominion and is a fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine. She is also a professional member of the American Diabetes Association and serves on the board of directors for the Diabetes Exercise and Sports Association.

Dr. Colberg has written hundreds of articles on exercise and diabetes and is the author of five books: The Science of Staying Young (McGraw-Hill, 2007), 50 Secrets of the Longest Living People with Diabetes (Marlowe & Co., 2007), The 7 Step Diabetes Fitness Plan (Marlowe & Co., 2006), Diabetes-Free Kids (Avery, 2005), and The Diabetic Athlete (Human Kinetics, 2001). Her expertise on diabetes is also frequently shared in interviews and articles in popular magazines, including Men's Health, Men's Fitness, Muscle & Fitness, Diabetes Health, Diabetes Forecast, Newsweek International, and USA Today.

A resident of Virginia Beach, Virginia with her husband and three sons, she enjoys participating in myriad recreational sports and fitness activities, as well as exercising with her growing boys.

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Table of Contents

Part I: The Diabetic Athlete's Toolbox
Chapter 1: Training for Fitness and Sports
Chapter 2: Balancing Exercise Blood Sugars
Chapter 3: Ups and Downs of Insulin and Other Medications
Chapter 4: Diet and Supplements for Active Individuals
Chapter 5: Exercise and Blood Glucose Monitoring Guidelines
Chapter 6: Thinking and Acting Like an Athlete
Chapter 7: Preventing and Treating Athletic Injuries

Part II: Guidelines for Specific Activities
Chapter 8: Fitness Activities
Chapter 9: Endurance Sports
Chapter 10: Endurance-Power Sports
Chapter 11: Power Sports
Chapter 12: Outdoor Adventures

Appendix A: Diabetes and Athletic Organizations
Appendix B: Diabetes, Sport, and Nutrition Web Sites

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  • Posted April 6, 2009

    A must have for the diabetic athlete

    Dr Colberg did a magnificent research on all different types of exercises and diabetes. A diabetic and athlete herself, she knows what it takes and how to control better the ailment, and now she shares it with the public.
    Very comprehensive. Excellent tool for the diabetic who wants to exercise and have a better handle on the condition.

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