The Diabetes Manifesto: Take Charge of Your Life


The Diabetes Manifesto is a call to self-help, self-reliance, and action for people living with diabetes. Make small changes in your life that can garner big results. This includes not only optimizing medical care and managing symptoms of the disease, but also extends to relationships, emotions, activism, and much more. Your personal Diabetes Manifesto is your commitment to exploring and developing the possibilities of your life.

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The Diabetes Manifesto is a call to self-help, self-reliance, and action for people living with diabetes. Make small changes in your life that can garner big results. This includes not only optimizing medical care and managing symptoms of the disease, but also extends to relationships, emotions, activism, and much more. Your personal Diabetes Manifesto is your commitment to exploring and developing the possibilities of your life.

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Reviewer: Ronald N. Cohen, MD (University of Chicago Medical Center)
Description: The primary author describes this book best: &quote;This book is about living with dignity while simultaneously dealing with diabetes.&quote;
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
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 280
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Julie Stachowiak, the author of The Multiple Sclerosis Manifesto has her doctorate in International Disease Control and Prevention from Johns Hopkins University, Bloomberg School of Public Health. She was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2004 and in 2007, she was hired as the Guide to multiple sclerosis for (Internet property owned by the New York Times). In this role, she writes articles for the website ( and has been called by Josie Byzek of New Mobility Magazine, "the best MS writer on the web."

Lynn Crowe currently works within the diabetes medical industry and has a Master of Science in Rehabilitation Counseling. She was diagnosed with type 1 Diabetes when she was 12. She began her quest to help young people with diabetes as the Director of Youth Services of the American Diabetes Association of Southfield, Michigan. She designed and implemented statewide youth services programs for young people which have received national recognition.

After receiving her Master's degree Lynn worked for ten years helping people with traumatic head injuries both at the Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation and the Children's Specialized Hospital.

She than returned to work in the field of diabetes, this time in sales and marketing. Today she uses her position to inform people with diabetes of their options and to ensure that they are using their medications to achieve the best possible results.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: The Manifesto vii

1 Proceed With Confidence 1

2 Be a Diabetes Expert 19

3 Tackle Complications 51

4 Make Your Doctor Work for You 91

5 Help Treatment Help You 127

6 Create Health in New Places 159

7 Reform Relationships on Your Terms 175

8 Cooperate With Your Emotions 201

9 Get "in the Mix" 211

10 Make Things Better 223

Conclusion: The Bottom Bottom Line 243

References 245

Index 249

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