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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: 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.