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From The CriticsReviewer: 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.