Diabetes For Dummies

Diabetes For Dummies

by Alan L. Rubin


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The straight facts on treating diabetes successfully

With diabetes now considered pandemic throughout the world, there have been enormous advances in the field. Now significantly revised and updated, this new edition of Diabetes For Dummies includes the latest information on diabetes medications and monitoring equipment, new findings about treating diabetes in the young and elderly, new ways to diagnose and treat long- and short-term complications, updated nutritional guidelines, new tools for measuring blood sugar and delivering insulin to the body, and much more.

There's no question that the burden of diabetes is increasing globally: it's estimated that 387 million people worldwide are living with diabetes, and that staggering number is expected to increase an additional 205 million+ by 2035. If you or a loved one is part of this overwhelming statistic, you can take comfort in the sensitive and authoritative information provided in this hands-on guide. From monitoring and maintaining your glucose to understanding the importance of exercising and eating right—and everything in between—Diabetes For Dummies takes the guesswork out of living with diabetes and empowers you to take control and keep your life on a healthy track.

  • Reduce your risk of diabetes complications
  • Discover the latest and the tried-and-true options for monitoring blood sugar
  • Get up to speed on the various diabetes medications and lifestyle strategies
  • Improve diabetes control and overall health

If you're one of the millions of diabetics or pre-diabetics in search of an accessible and up-to-date resource to help you manage this disease, Diabetes For Dummies is the trusted guide you'll turn to again and again.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781119090724
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 08/31/2015
Series: For Dummies Series
Pages: 432
Sales rank: 95,172
Product dimensions: 7.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Alan Rubin, MD, is the author of Diabetes Cookbook For Dummies, Type I Diabetes For Dummies, Prediabetes For Dummies, High Blood Pressure For Dummies, Thyroid For Dummies, and Vitamin D For Dummies. He is a professional member of the Endocrine Society and American Diabetes Association.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Part I: Getting Started with Diabetes 7

Chapter 1: Dealing with Diabetes 9

Chapter 2: Making the Diagnosis with the Glucose and Hemoglobin A1c 19

Chapter 3: Recognizing the Various Types of Diabetes 33

Part II: Knowing How Uncontrolled Diabetes Affects Your Body 51

Chapter 4: Avoiding Short-Term Complications 53

Chapter 5: Warding Off Long-Term Complications 67

Chapter 6: Preserving Sexual Function and Protecting Pregnancy 101

Part III: Managing Diabetes: The “Thriving with Diabetes” Lifestyle Plan 121

Chapter 7: Self-Testing for Glucose and Other Key Tests 123

Chapter 8: Tackling What You Eat: Healthful Nutrition 155

Chapter 9: Metabolic Surgery: A Possible Cure for Type 2 Diabetes 181

Chapter 10: Creating Your Exercise Plan 209

Chapter 11: Medications: What You Should Know 231

Chapter 12: Assembling Your Diabetes Team 267

Part IV: Special Considerations for Living with Diabetes 277

Chapter 13: Managing Diabetes in Children 279

Chapter 14: Diabetes and the Elderly 295

Chapter 15: Dealing With Occupational and Insurance Problems 305

Chapter 16: Eyeing What’s New in Diabetes Care 317

Chapter 17: Discovering What Doesn’t Work When You Treat Diabetes 325

Part V: The Part of Tens 335

Chapter 18: Ten Commandments for Excellent Diabetes Care 337

Chapter 19: Ten Myths about Diabetes That You Can Forget 343

Chapter 20: Ten Ways to Get Others to Help You 349

Appendix: Mini-Cookbook 355


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Diabetes for Dummies 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 38 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is NOT the full book. It is a very condensed version. The chapters listed under features, are NOT what you get with this 3.99 version. This version only has 89 pages. So I'm very disappointed, that I did not get what was advertised here.
RAAJr More than 1 year ago
I hve learned more about my Diabetes, how to treat it, what to watch for, exercises to use, etc. etc. than from any medical professionals I have talked to. This is a MUST READ for anyone who gets/has Diabetes.
Sugarbunny49 More than 1 year ago
"Don't be a diabetic without it." I've had diabetes since 2005 and have learned more from Dr. Rubin's various "Dummies" books than from all my medical professionals combined (and I have a full team of specialists, as advised). Extremely well-written but very reader-friendly, Dr. Rubin explains complicated medical concepts in easy-to-comprehend fashion. Although I have accumulated a thorough mini-library of books & magazines on diabetes, I still refer to this series of books when I need information. Now that it's available for the Nook, I'm going to add the ebook for portability.
JustJim More than 1 year ago
I skimmed several books about diabetes before purchasing this. The book is an easy read for non-medical (professionals) people, contains a wealth of useful Tips and Explanations, and definitely provides valuable information about living with diabetes.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I purchased this e-book for Nook thinking it was as advertised. The description of the book is 408 pages. I got the $4.12 nook e-book. But it is the 'Pocket Edition' even though it did not state so on the description. I contacted Customer Service and they said that sometimes the e-book page count is different from the real book. No kidding, but this is the pocket edition even though not stated. Will never shop B&N again !
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good, basic primer for someone with newly diagnosed diabetes.
Irwin612 More than 1 year ago
Your best friend told you everything you had to know about Diabetes. Not! "Diabetes for Dummies" presents the reader with the very necessary essentials that will help every day to handle this condition. Alan Rubin, MD provides the reader with plain, no nonesense support in every aspect of living with diabetes. The very serious concepts of "Diabetes" 1 and "Diabetes 2" are explained in clear, concise terms that cover practical matters. The author focuses on how you can lead your life in a planned, organized manner, without too much conflict. You can lead a very normal life even if you have diabetes and the many chapters lead you into that understanding. The self helps are outstanding. Rubin provides some very funny cartoons that reflect the frustrations of people who do not understand this condition. If you are a very technical person then the book provides you with the numbers, baselines, highs and lows of your body chemistry. In a delightful manner you read about numbers that are necessary to discuss with your doctor or with your health professional. The book provides a delighful array of menus, everyday helps and guidance to live a full happy life with diabetes. After reading it you realize that your condition is can be handled with grace, ease and humor. I would recommend this book not only to people who have diabetes, but to their family members as well. It gets an A+ as a self help book.
JulieW More than 1 year ago
As a new diabetic I found the information in this book informative and interesting. It's a great book for diabetics and their families.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Very simply put this is the most informative and enjoyable book I have read on the subject of Diabetes. The cartoons and recipes are icing on the cake.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have given several books to my dad who suffers from diabetes before I had a chance to really take a good look at this book. This book is very comprehensive and complete- I can't really find anything that has been left out that is relevant to the person with diabetes. Continuing in true "dummies" fashion, it is clearly written and teaches concepts in layman's terms. Consider this a top choice if you know someone just diagnosed with diabetes that needs info about their disease.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is great for those diagnosed with diabetes or writing a report on the subject. Quick, informative and basic.
Guest More than 1 year ago
the book is good for everybody and it helps alot to know about diabetes and what it does to your body.
DocentOfLife More than 1 year ago
I was recently diagnosed with Diabetes. This book answered and explained many of my questions. I will refer to this 382 page paperback whenever I need to refresh my memory. Written simply for ease in comprehension.
Juanita55 More than 1 year ago
I was excited to get this book, hoping to get new information. This would be great for those who just found out they are Diabetic. I just felt so disappointed, I was hoping for more.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the same as the DTB book (I have both). The reviewer that noted the book to be condensed doesn't realize the page count is different for physical book versus the nookbook.
AlexTheHunn on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I was disappointed in this book because I was looking for ways to help avoid developing the disease. This book assumes you already have it and gives strategies and methods for coping. My disappointment is not entirely the book's fault. If I actually did have the disease, I believe I would use a book that was more thorough.
MerryMary on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
As usual, a complex subject - in which I am vitally interested - presented in clear, readable prose. I should have had this years ago.
Eeyoremom5 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Excellent book. It really helped me to understand diabetes and how to make my husband healthier. Very easy to understand, answers all your questions and makes you feel like a pro.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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RedReadSD More than 1 year ago
Nothing beats an in person diabetes management class, however Diabetes For Dummies helps you get even more out of the class. This book gives clear, easy to understand explanations of why you need to things, not just instructions of what you need to do. During a break in class, I found myself explaining to one of the other students how just one blood sample can be used to give a three month average (A1C). If you want to use this book as a continuing reference, I would recommend getting a hard copy simply because it is so much easier to flip back and forth between pages, referencing information on one page that is cited in an explanation on another page. The book is also organized very well so if for example you don't need to information about Type 1 or Gestational Diabetes, you can easily skip right over those parts without missing anything important that you do need to know. If you or a family member is newly diagnosed with diabetes, this is a very good place to start but if at all possible you should also have a trained professional that you can get in touch with just by picking up a phone.
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PageNumbA More than 1 year ago
Really enjoyed what I learned from this Ebook, even though I don't have diabetes I aleays want to about and why so many people have it ..this book explained EVERYTHING ..easy to understand ..a must read for everyone. A keeper!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago