Living with Diabetes: The Diabetes UK Guide for those Treated with Diet and Tablets / Edition 2

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In Diabetes UK's Guide for those treated with diet and tablets you will find all the answers you need to understand and take control of your diabetes.

Knowing about diabetes is key to coping with it. Dr John Day, an outstanding authority in diabetes and an experienced doctor, clearly explains all the latest recommendations for healthy eating, exercise and medical treatment, helping people with diabetes to maximise their lifestyle while minimising their difficulties. Practical and realistic solutions to common problems are given.

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Reviewer: Linda K Eugene, BS, RD, CDE (University of Chicago Medical Center)
Description: This is a comprehensive guide to self-management strategies for Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes. The new edition provides a review of the disease process, current pharmacological and nonpharmacological treatments, and a review of issues affecting the quality of daily life with diabetes. The book was originally published in 1998.
Purpose: The purpose is to help people with diabetes and caregivers of people with diabetes manage the condition effectively and optimistically. This is a very worthy objective as diabetes has effects on both health and daily living. The author meets the objective by balancing the medical component of diabetes with the behavioral and emotional side of diabetes.
Audience: The book is written for persons with diabetes or for those wishing to gather information to help someone with diabetes. The author clearly states that the book is a valuable reference tool for patients and caregivers to approach diabetes care with optimism. The book provides detailed medical and behavioral information to help people make informed decisions about their healthcare. The author is clearly a credible authority as evidenced by his detailed expertise in his recommendations for diet, exercise, medications and the prevention of long-term complications.
Features: The book covers in detail all of the aspects of diabetes self-managment. The book has a very empowering tone to help people with diabetes and/or caregivers manage diabetes aggressively and positively. Information is very thorough on the pathophysiology of type 1 and type 2 diabetes, pharmacological therapies, diet therapy, exercise, and acute and chronic complications. Issues that are often overlooked, including dealing with finances, employers, travel and support groups, are also outlined. Highlights of the book include the use of pictures, color, and bolding of important text. The layout, text combined with photographs, enhances reader comprehension. Especailly helpful is the section on "Diabetes and Daily Life." Quite often information on employment and travel issues is left out. Unique features include the use of pictures, diagrams and tables to enhance understanding. Use of photographs breaks up long paragraphs of text and helps the reader reference important points more clearly.
Assessment: This is an outstanding comprehensive resource for patients and family members affected by diabetes. The book is an updated review of all self-management strategies that certainly contribute to the whole of diabetes medical and behavioral management.
From the Publisher
"It is a fascinating read and it's much more than just a medical read, it is more about lifestyle and that's the thing that's really attractive and encouraging for those with diabetes." (Presenter - BBC Radio Wiltshire - 20 minute interview with author, 10 December 2001)

" outstanding comprehensive resource for patients and family members affected by diabetes." (Doody's Health, April 19, 2002)

"...The text is skilfully written for people with out a medical background...I recommend it." (Journal of the Royal Society for the Promotion of Health, June 2002)

"...provides advice on the day-to-day routine necessary for living with diabetes in clear language..." (SciTech Book News, Vol. 26, No. 2, June 2002)

From The Critics
This guide provides advice on the day-to-day routine necessary for living with diabetes in clear language for those who suffer from it (whether they're in the UK or any other English-speaking land). The guide describes the disease, the type of food and exercise recommended by the medical community, treatment with drugs and insulin, long-term effects, and effects on daily life. Day is a physician with the Ipswich Hospital in the UK. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

4 Stars! from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780471487135
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/13/2001
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 136
  • Product dimensions: 6.69 (w) x 9.69 (h) x 0.33 (d)

Table of Contents


Introducing Diabetes.

About diabetes.

Type 2 (Non Insulin Dependent) Diabetes.

So what happens when you develop diabetes?

Who gets diabetes? Why?

Food and Physical Activity.

Eliminate symptoms.

Prevent late complications.

The steps you need to take.

What will the diet be like?

Healthy eating - putting it into practice.

Exercise - part of your treatment.


Tablet Treatment.

Which tablets.

Some important questions about tablet treatment.


Is Your Treatment Effective?

Blood tests versus urine tests.

Urine tests.

Overall assessment of your blood glucose.

Blood tests.

Regular weighing.

When diabetes goes out of control.


Insulin Treatment.

Why injections?

Insulin treatment.


The Long-Term Effects of Diabetes and Your General Health.

Arterial disease and high blood pressure.

Damage to the feet.

Sexual function.

Other rare problems due to neuropathy.

Damage to the eyes.

Damage to the kidneys.

Diabetes and other illnesses.

Clinic attendance.

Regular medical review.


Diabetes and Your Daily Life.


Financial implications of having diabetes.


Exercise and Sport.


Travel and Holidays.

Contraception, pregnancy and parenthood.

The effect on your family.

Who is available to help?

Some final comments on diabetes and your everyday life.

Diabetes UK.

Diabetes UK's history.

Providing care and advice.

Sharing experiences.

Spreading the word.

Fighting discrimination.

Leading the way to better care.

Searching for a cure.

How to join Diabetes UK.

National and Regional Offices.


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