We've all heard about the dramatic increase in the incidence of type 2 diabetes. These books address the issues surrounding this growing epidemic.
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101 Tips on Foot Care for People with Diabetes, 2nd Edition, by Jessie H. Ahronia, PhD, ARNP, CDE, BC-ADM and Neil M. Scheffler, DPM, FACFAS, FAPWCA. Published by the American Diabetes Association, 2006. $14.95 softcover. ISBN 1-58040-249-6.
Adults with diabetes -- type 1 or type 2 -- need to take special care of their feet to prevent foot complications from diabetes. 101 Tips on Foot Care for People with Diabetes offers 101 tips on foot care, covering the basics (how to trim toenails) to the more advanced (circulation issues that can lead to problems in your feet). If you are an adult with diabetes and are concerned about foot care, this book is easy to understand and will help you get started on the path to correct foot care.
8 Weeks to Maximizing Diabetes Control by Laura Hieronymus, MSEd, APRN, BC-ADM, CDE and Christine Tobin, RN, MBA, CDE. Published by the American Diabetes Association, 2008. $16.95 softcover. ISBN 1-58-040279-8.
Even if takes more than eight weeks, the advice given in this book should help you get on track toward a lower A1c and better control of your type 2 diabetes. In 8 Weeks to Maximizing Diabetes Control, CDEs Laura Hieronymus and Christine Tobin provide specific advice progressing over an eight week period. First, they make dietary suggestions. In the next chapter, they address the importance of exercise. Chapter four covers the importance of self-monitoring. In chapter five, the authors describe the different classes of drugs available for people with type 2 diabetes. Then, they discuss sick day management, stress, and risk reduction, with a description of the various possible complications. Recommended for those newly diagnosed with type 2 diabetes.
Conquering Diabetes by Anne Peters, M.D. Published by Hudson Street Press, 2005. $24.95 hardcover. ISBN 1594630038.
The subtitle to Dr. Peters' book is A Cutting-Edge, Comprehensive Program for Prevention and Treatment, and the book delivers on this promise. This is a book primarily about type 2 diabetes -- 250 of the book's 350 pages focus on type 2 diabetes. Dr. Peters covers aspects of diabetes that are often overlooked, such as carbohydrate-sensitive hypoglycemia and PCOS, and she offers the latest guidance in these and all areas of diabetes prevention and treatment. The chapter entitled The Art of Using Insulin is especially helpful in dispelling many myths surrounding the use of insulin in people with type 2 diabetes. Interspersed throughout the book are helpful, inspirational stories from real people that Dr. Peters has known, including Gary Hall, Jr., the Olympic swimming champion. If you're looking for a comprehensive book about type 2 diabetes, start with Dr. Peters' book, Conquering Diabetes.
Diabesity by Fran Kaufman, M.D. Published by Bantam Books (Random House), 2005. $27 hardcover. ISBN 0553803840.
Diabesity by Fran Kaufman, M.D., is more than just a book about the epidemic of type 2 diabetes brought on by the epidemic of obesity. In the first third of the book, Dr. Kaufman introduces us to her family and its history, and she discusses people she's known with type 1 and type 2 diabetes. Sadly, she covers the many complications and problems that can occur when diabetes isn't well controlled. But the focus of the book is on the combined problem of type 2 diabetes brought on by obesity, especially in children. Dr. Kaufman examines our genetic heritage that puts us all at risk, especially when combined with the way we eat (fast food and larger portion sizes) and sedentary lifestyle. Reading Diabesity is like sitting down and chatting with Fran for hours about her passion -- helping people with diabetes to live as well as possible. And I'm up for that anytime.
The Diabetes Antidote: An Exercise Prescription to Prevent Type 2 and to Combat Type 1 by Doug Burns, Mr. Universe, with Denny Dressman. Published by ComServ Books, LLC, 2007. $12.95 softcover. ISBN 0-9774283-1-1.
It's no secret that exercise is an important part of living a healthy life, and that exercise is especially important for people with diabetes. Doug Burns, who was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes when he was seven years old, shares his experiences with exercise -- in particular, weight lifting and body building -- and offers suggestions for making physical fitness a part of your life. Doug brings the wisdom of living well with type 1 diabetes, and his years of working as a personal trainer, to the task of helping to motivate people to take a more active role in their health. The Diabetes Antidote is easy to read and may be just what you need to make the committment to making exercise and physical fitness a part of your life.
Diabetes-Free Kids: A Take-Charge Plan for Preventing and Treating Type-2 Diabetes in Children by Sheri Colberg, Ph.D with Mary Friesz, Ph.D., R.D., LDN. Published by Avery, 2005. $14.95 softcover. ISBN 1583332219.
With the popular press reporting on the growing incidence of type 2 diabetes in teens and kids, many parents are beginning to realize that the time to act is now to ensure that their kids learn to live healthy lives. In Diabetes-Free Kids, authors Colberg, an exercise physiologist who has had type 1 diabetes since childhood, and Friesz, a nutritionist, help educate families about the steps they can take now to reduce the risk of their kids from developing type 2 diabetes. The authors present a wealth of advice on good nutrition and strategies for getting even the most sedentary kids up and moving. There's even suggestions for heathy snacks that they promise your kids will like. Not surprisingly, a key to success is family involvement, which often means changing the habits of mom and dad. If you are worried about your kids developing type 2 diabetes, then pick up Diabetes-Free Kids and start taking action.
Diabetes: A Guide to Living Well by Gary Arsham, MD, PhD and Ernest Lowe. Published by the American Diabetes Association, 2004. $14.95 softcover. ISBN 1580402097.
If you are newly diagnosed with type 2 diabetes or struggling with it, Gary Arsham's Diabetes: A Guide to Living Well may help you get on track. Dr. Arsham guides you through two levels of diabetes care: Moderate and Intensive. The Intensive Program can also be used by adults with type 1 diabetes, but is not necessarily appropriate for children with type 1. A significant amount of time is spent focusing on emtional issues. Guidance on how to manage stress and how to start a support group is also included. Appendix 2 provides a brief simplified description of complications, while Appendix 3 offers a description of the various oral medications, what they do, and their pros and cons.
Type 2 Diabetes for Beginners by Phyllis Barrier, MS, RD, CDE. Published by the American Diabetes Association, 2005. $14.95 softcover. ISBN 1580402240.
Type 2 Diabetes for Beginners is clearly aimed at older adults newly diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, as you can tell immediately from the large type. The book is very easy to read, yet it covers the basics of good nutrition, the importance of exercise and how to start if you're not, and the many types of medications used to treat type 2 diabetes. There are lots of tables and charts, many of which have space for you to fill in what you're doing, such as the dose of a particular medication. If you're new to type 2 diabetes, or have a family member who is, Type 2 Diabetes for Beginners is a good first book to help you over the diagnosis and get you going on the path to success.
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