The Diabetes Manifesto: Take Charge of Your Life

The Diabetes Manifesto: Take Charge of Your Life

by Lynn Crowe, Julie Stachowiak
     
 

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The Diabetes Manifesto contains crucial information for people living with diabetes and practical examples that demonstrate how this information can be most effectively used. A roadmap for patients, it provides encouragement, education, and inspiration with concrete examples, illustrative quotes, exercises, and references. More than a guide to coping, it isSee more details below

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The Diabetes Manifesto contains crucial information for people living with diabetes and practical examples that demonstrate how this information can be most effectively used. A roadmap for patients, it provides encouragement, education, and inspiration with concrete examples, illustrative quotes, exercises, and references. More than a guide to coping, it is also a call to self-help, self-reliance, and political action. The book covers such diverse topics as how to create a personal mission statement, how to learn more about medications, how to determine what one wants in a doctor, and the importance of celebrating successes. It also addresses the misguided blame surrounding diabetes, diabetic complications (and how to handle them), and ways to join the fight. Though diabetes is incurable, The Diabetes Manifesto aims to help people feel in control of their lives, regardless of the circumstances. It empowers readers by teaching them how to live productively and direct the role diabetes plays in their lives. This is an excellent overview of diabetes knowledge, coupled with empowering tools for those living with it.

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Reviewer: Ronald N. Cohen, MD (University of Chicago Medical Center)
Description: The primary author describes this book best: "This book is about living with dignity while simultaneously dealing with diabetes."
Purpose: The purpose is to provide information and ideas to people with diabetes and give them a "healthy perspective on living with diabetes, balancing hope with realism." This is a very worthy objective, and the author is very successful in doing this.
Audience: People living with diabetes are the target audience, although the book clearly would be helpful to friends and family members as well. It is an empowering book, written for people who want to take an active role in their care, and points out how each person can take charge. Ms. Crowe is herself a diabetic, and she shares her experience and wisdom as a patient and a person.
Features: She starts with the idea of developing one's own personal mission statement. She then discusses important medical facts about diabetes and its complications. The chapter, "Make Your Doctor Work for You," helps patients find the right physician and to work with that physician as a partner. There are also excellent discussions concerning relationships and emotions. The book ends with a call for action. As a clinician, I think one of the best things about this book is that readers will come away from it as active participants in the doctor-patient relationship. Any weaknesses are minor. I might change a bit on the descriptions of medications, but that does not detract from the real strengths of the book.
Assessment: This is an excellent book for people with diabetes, their families, and their friends. It does a great job of helping people become active managers of their own health care. The introduction includes Ms. Crowe's "manifesto," based on her 37 years of living with diabetes. In a sense, it summarizes the entire book. As she says, "I will do my best to manage what is in my control and will try to tolerate the fact that much is not . . . I will fight ignorance and attempt to educate people when I would rather fly into a rage . . . I will not sacrifice my life to diabetes. It is just a disease, after all."
Library Journal
Many books explain the dos and don'ts of diabetes. Crowe, an educator and 37-year veteran of type 1 diabetes, and Stachowiak(The Multiple Sclerosis Manifesto) strive to provide information that enables diabetics to gain a healthy perspective in managing daily tasks and accepting the inevitable setbacks that occur in the course of the disease. They emphasize that each person is accountable for his or her lifestyle but shouldn't feel guilty when, despite best efforts, complications arise. Self-efficacy and health literacy, both critical elements in managing chronic conditions, are well explained with concrete advice on ways to improve. One should become an expert on the disease through research, understanding the vocabulary, and asking probing questions of health-care providers. Tips on ensuring good medical care through record keeping and obtaining accurate health information are excellent. Cheat sheets for better communication are also included. VERDICT Crowe and Stachowiak explain the most important self-management skills for dealing with any chronic illness. A realistic, positive, and assertive attitude combined with solid health information is the best defense in managing one's optimal health. Their well-written, tangible, and achievable advice is outstanding. An essential title for diabetes patients, their families, and health-care workers.—Janet M. Schneider, James A. Haley Veterans Hosp., Tampa

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781932603941
Publisher:
Demos Medical Publishing, LLC
Publication date:
11/11/2010
Pages:
280
Sales rank:
1,423,743
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

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