What Nurses Know...Diabetes

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Honorable Mention: Foreword Book of the Year Health 2010

In the US, 23.6 million people-7.8 percent of the population-have diabetes. Diabetes can lead to serious complications, including blindness, kidney damage, cardiovascular disease, peripheral neuropathy and lower-limb amputations. People with diabetes can lower the occurrence of these and other diabetes complication by controlling blood glucose, blood ...

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Overview

Honorable Mention: Foreword Book of the Year Health 2010

In the US, 23.6 million people-7.8 percent of the population-have diabetes. Diabetes can lead to serious complications, including blindness, kidney damage, cardiovascular disease, peripheral neuropathy and lower-limb amputations. People with diabetes can lower the occurrence of these and other diabetes complication by controlling blood glucose, blood pressure, and blood lipids.

What Nurses Know...Diabetes sheds new light on this disease from a trusted source: nurses.

This book will provide down-to-earth information and explain clearly what a reader needs to know and wants to know to understand about diabetes so they can move forward with their lives.

Special Features Include

  • Numerous call-out boxes with "What Nurses Know "
  • Definitions of Common Terms
  • Resources, online tools, and specific websites to those living with diabetes

About the Series

Nurses hold a critical role in modern health care that goes beyond their day-to-day duties. They share more information with patients than any other provider group, and are alongside patients twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, offering understanding of complex health issues, holistic approaches to ailments, and advice for the patient that extends to the family.

Nurses themselves are a powerful tool in the healing process. What Nurses Know gives down-to-earth information, addresses consumers as equal partners in their care, and explains clearly what readers need to know and wants to know to understand their condition and move forward with their lives.

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Editorial Reviews

Midwest Book Review
"A strong resource with a glossary and plenty of wisdom from healthcare professionals, What Nurses Know ...Diabetes is a highly recommended guide, not to be missed by those who fear Diabetes Health."-James A. Cox Editor-in-Chief Midwest book Review
Consumer Connection
" well written and filled with helpful tips and advice for anyone with diabetes. an excellent resource for those who have read about diabetes basics but would like to know more. What Nurses Know . . . Diabetes is highly recommended"-Consumer Connection
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781932603989
  • Publisher: Demos Medical Publishing, LLC
  • Publication date: 12/7/2010
  • Series: What Nurses Know...
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 312
  • Sales rank: 1,388,277
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Rita Girouard Mertig, MS, RNC, CNS, DE has been a registered nurse for 43 years with a Master of Science degree. She has taught nursing in a variety of programs and recently retired after 21 years from teaching in an associate degree nursing program in which she also taught nutrition. Rita also has had type 1 Diabetes for 25 years and has used an insulin pump for 15 years.

She currently volunteers at CrossOver Ministries clinic where she teach classes and conducts one-on-one sessions on weight management and diabetes management for clients with minimal ability to pay for services. During the 1980s and 90s, Rita led a support group for people with diabetes who were using insulin under the auspices of the American Diabetes Association, Richmond, VA chapter, and has also served on the board of directors.

She has previously authored two books, Teaching Nursing in an Associate Degree Program and The Nurses' Guide to Teaching Diabetes Self- Management both published by Springer Publishing Company.

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Table of Contents

Foreword ix

Acknowledgments xi

Introduction xiii

1 Diabetes: What Is It? 1

2 What can I Eat? 15

3 Why should I Exercise? 45

4 How do Medications Help? 67

5 Glucose Monitoring: What do I do with the Results? 101

6 How can I Prevent Complications? 123

7 Diabetes and Pregnancy 173

8 Emotions and Diabetes 187

9 How Can I Get the Help I Need? 203

10 How Can Family and Friends Help? 217

11 Staying Motivated 225

Glossary 235

Resources 253

References 269

Index 275

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