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Sarah Jarvis , Alan L. Rubin
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26 Sep 2003 For Dummies
Modern trends in diet, lifestyle and population demographics have made diabetes one of the fastest–growing diseases in the UK. There are 1.4 million people diagnosed with diabetes in the UK but that is set to double by 2010; a further million currently have the disease but have not been diagnosed (source: Diabetes UK). Diabetes is a chronic, lifelong disease. The diabetic must manage their lifestyle very carefully, from the regime of injections and oral medication to the careful monitoring of blood glucose levels. Although many diabetics lead problem–free lives, not every newly–diagnosed person adapts quickly to the reality of living with diabetes. Their doctor cannot always be on hand to advise them, but this book can. Nobody wants to feel that illness has made them a victim, an attitude reflected in the irreverent and humorous approach of this Dummies guide.

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  • Paperback: 386 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; UK Edition edition (26 Sep 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764570196
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764570193
  • Product Dimensions: 19.1 x 23.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 947,681 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"…In this practical book, Women’s Health expert Dr Sarah Jarvis offers advice on all aspects of dealing with the disease…" (Women’s Health, November 2003)

"…aims to cut through the medical jargon and help people take control of their condition…" (Good Housekeeping, November 2003)

“…a well researched compendium of advice and information on all aspects of diabetes…combines clarity with depth and detail…” (Yoga & Health, January 2004)

"...Diabetic patients…should arm themselves with sugar cubes, glucose tablets, boiled sweets… but also with a copy of Diabetes for Dummies…"(The Times,23 February 2004)

“…will help you to take control of your diabetes and learn to manage it effectively…” (Choice Magazine, May 04)

"…In this practical book, Women’s Health expert Dr Sarah Jarvis offers advice on all aspects of dealing with the disease…" (Women’s Health, November 2003)

"…aims to cut through the medical jargon and help people take control of their condition…" (Good Housekeeping, November 2003)

“…a well researched compendium of advice and information on all aspects of diabetes…combines clarity with depth and detail…” (Yoga & Health, January 2004)

"...Diabetic patients…should arm themselves with sugar cubes, glucose tablets, boiled sweets… but also with a copy of Diabetes for Dummies…"(The Times,23 February 2004)

“…will help you to take control of your diabetes and learn to manage it effectively…” (Choice Magazine, May 04)

“A comprehensive and, in places, technical, guide to diabetes: includes an eating plan and recipes.”Sweet Friday 1 August 2008

 

From the Back Cover

Includes delicious recipes for diabetics to help maintain a healthy lifestyle

You can take control of your diabetes and live well

Don’t just survive — thrive! That’s the message of this state–of–the–art guide to diabetes management. From causes, symptoms and side effects to treatments and diet, this book will help British diabetics understand all types of diabetes and delivers sound advice on staying fit and feeling great.

Discover how to:

  • Understand and manage diabetes
  • Choose a diet plan that suits you
  • Prevent long–term complications
  • Care for someone who has diabetes

The Dummies Way

  • Explanations in plain English
  • "Get in, get out" information
  • Icons and other navigational aids
  • Tear–out cheat sheet
  • Top ten lists
  • A dash of humour and fun

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Probably the only diabetes book you'll ever need 14 Nov 2008
By hbw VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
If you (or someone you know) have just been diagnosed with diabetes, then I can't recommend this book too highly. I bought it when I was first diagnosed and still refer to it regularly.

The chatty, good humoured, "Dummies" approach works well in breaking down this complex (and scary) subject into bite-sized chunks. It covers all the basics and there are specific chapters on things like diabetes in childhood and in old-age. The recipes are a complete waste of time, but only take up a few pages. There are all helpful appendices that come with the "Dummies" brand and an excellent index.

When buying this (or any other diabetes book), make sure that you get the UK edition: many books are written for the American market and they do things differently there.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
By Rowena Hoseason HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
My partner was recently diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes and we needed to educate ourselves -- quickly -- about how to cope with the condition.

This is an excellent, easy to read guide, which has proved to be extremely useful for us. It is written by medical professionals but is in plain, accessible English which means you can answer a query quickly, and come back for more in-depth information later.

It covers both Type 1 and 2, and offers an overall guide to medication, exercise, diet and how to cope with it all. There are also plenty of case studies which are based on real people, so you relate to the information and how it is effective in a practical situation.

It is more detailed and informative than the Diabetes UK website, and much more balanced than the more personal guidebooks which we have also seen.

The information is broken up into useful chapters and bite-size chunks. Nothing difficult to handle, and the index makes finding a particular subject (testing glucose levels / hypoglcaemia / GI levels / complications / whatever) very easy.

As well as being useful for actual diabetic patients, this book is also brilliant for the family. It explains mood swings and depression, and how to help the person who is suffering.

It's a book about how to live well despite diabetes -- and has proved to be extremely useful, eductional, practical and uplifting.

It is only marked down by one star because the information stops too soon for us -- we could have done with more detailed medical chapters explaining the how and why of things. Our probliem is now that there's very little to bridge the gap between basic guides for the layman and full-blown medical textbooks!
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars review Diabetes for Dummies 7 Mar 2004
Format:Paperback
Excellent book - explains everthing about diabetes in terms that even a dummy like me can understand. Have just ordered 2 more copies as presents for friends, (if I lend them this copy I'll definitely never see it again) and a copy of the cookbook in the series for myself.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not as helpful as I expected 3 Oct 2009
By rossuk
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I was newly diagnosed with type 2 diabetes about 4 weeks go. I was put on the maximum dose of Metformin and Gliclazide and my blood sugar decreased from 17 to 6 within two weeks. The book does not spell out the target blood sugar, it is 5-7 before meal and <10 after meal (this info I found in my glucose meter instructions). The dietary advice is weak; it should give more info on dietary advice including more on the glycaemia index (GI), my dietician said to limit the amount of carbs I eat, this advice is not found. In my first few days at home I used pulses (mainly beans) for my carbs, it seemed to work (blood sugar dropped from 17 to 10 in three days). There is a lot of info in the book for the newly diagnosed diabetic, but I did not find it that helpful (at the time), but better than nothing.
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33 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A MUST-READ for the newly diagnosed 19 Aug 2001
Format:Paperback
Alan Rubin's excellent guide to diabetes is straight-forward, hard-hitting, factual, practical, and easy to get to grips with. It remains one of the two books I refer to regularly, the other being Richard Bernstein's 'Dr. Bernstein's Diabetes Solution', which is even more useful (but a touch extreme). Together they give a full picture of this fascinating, complex and nasty disease plus a patient-centred approach to controlling blood glucose levels which actually works for those prepared to follow the Bernstein regime. The recipes in both books are a weak point but this is a minor quibble.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simple facts your Dr probably won't tell you 7 Feb 2009
By S. Penn
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Whether you are newly diagnosed or have had diabetes for years, this is a simple to understand book packed with good information. It will explain all those terms and tests your GP uses, and help you understand WHY a good diet and exercise is so important. It also tells you what you can do to improve your lifestyle and avoid long-term complications. There is a whole section on children with diabetes and plenty more. If you just want to dip in, or read it from cover to cover, it is bound to answer many of your questions.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Book more informative than O.U. course 30 Mar 2009
Format:Paperback
Having just completed the Open University Course SK120 'Living with Diabetes',prior to purchasing this book, I can categorically state that I found the book far more informative than was the Course.
It was well presented, covered the topic very well,and was easily read and understood.

I would commend it to anyone recently diagnosed with Type 1 or Type 2 Diabetes.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Diabetes for Dummies 6 Sep 2009
Format:Paperback
If you have just been diagnosed with diabetes, or simply wish to know more about the illness, this book has all the information you will ever need. It covers every aspect of diabetes, with clear, well set out information, and is actually an interesting read, not at all heavy going. All the terms are clearly explained, and for those who already know a lot, there are more in-depth explanations. It helps you deal with the emotional and psychological consequences of the diagnosis, as well as coping in practical ways. The appendices give diabetic recipes, diabetic exchanges, and useful websites. I would highly recommend it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Handy book
gives useful tips, in the UK go on the Desmond course and use Okra to help reduce ur sugar level, google diabetes and Okra
Published 7 months ago by Scriv
4.0 out of 5 stars Initial shock of having being told of the diabetes was good to read
After the initial shock of being diagnosed with diabetes this book did help us come to terms with what to eat etc.
Published 10 months ago by mary elizabeth fawkes
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Choice
Liked the fact that there's all topics covered regarding Diabetes. Would recommend this to Diabetics.
Easy to follow. Was pleased.
Published 11 months ago by cheryl onraet
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Excellent and in simple language and clear advice and guidance.
Why must I write more words. Is the above not enough?
Published 20 months ago by John Page
1.0 out of 5 stars Oh dear!
I bought this book in the hope that there would be excellent recipes and good advice. I found the information at best boring and the recipes for the most part uninspiring. Read more
Published on 29 Feb 2012 by Mollie 2 dees.
5.0 out of 5 stars Im a type 2 diabetic and reccommend this book!
I have just recently been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes at 22 years old, and both me and my husband had a lot of unanswered questions! Read more
Published on 8 Mar 2011 by kirsty
5.0 out of 5 stars Diabetes for Dummies
We are both diabetic and found this book interesting and informative. Humour and illness do not go well together, but this book blended the two very well indeed. Read more
Published on 17 Dec 2010 by E. A. Hackett
5.0 out of 5 stars One For All Diabetics
This is a brilliant book. I have diabetes and I found this book very informative with simple explanations of all sorts of things a diabetic should know. Read more
Published on 22 Sep 2010 by Persis Gretna
5.0 out of 5 stars A book worth buying if you are at all concerned about diabetes.
A book worth buying if you are at all concerned about diabetes. It is comprehensive and easy to read and has that authoritative, informed tone.
Published on 16 Sep 2010 by Miss Teek
4.0 out of 5 stars Recommended by GP
My GP recommended this book for me. Not the easiest of reads, perhaps I am a dummy!. I have a MBA)It's quite scary in places and not perhaps your first read when diagnosed.
Published on 6 Sep 2010 by A. Edward
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