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Diabetic Athlete's Handbook

Diabetic Athlete's Handbook [Kindle Edition]

Sheri Colberg
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Don't let diabetes slow you down. Whether you're a recreational exerciser or a competitive athlete, the Diabetic Athlete's Handbook has the training and performance advice you need to remain active and at the top of your game.

Renowned researcher and diabetes expert Dr. Sheri Colberg has developed a practical guide specifically for athletes of all ages with type 1 and type 2 diabetes. The Diabetic Athlete's Handbook provides you with the most up-to-date information on insulins and other medications, glucose monitors, blood sugar management, nutrition and supplements, injury prevention and treatment, and mental strategies for maximizing performance and optimizing health.

Featuring more than 100 sport-specific training guidelines for fitness, endurance, power, and outdoor activities, the Diabetic Athlete's Handbook is the one resource you can't afford to be without. Rely on it to stay healthy, be more active, train smarter, and reach new levels of athletic success.

About the Author

Sheri R. Colberg is an exercise physiologist and professor of exercise science at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia. She specializes in exercise and diabetes and conducts extensive research in these areas thanks to funding from the American Diabetes Association and other organizations. Dr. Colberg has over 40 years of practical experience as an athlete living with type 1 diabetes. She is the director of the Human Performance Laboratory at Old Dominion and is a fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine. She is also a professional member of the American Diabetes Association and serves on the board of directors for the Diabetes Exercise and Sports Association. Dr. Colberg has written hundreds of articles on exercise and diabetes and is the author of five books: The Science of Staying Young (McGraw-Hill, 2007), 50 Secrets of the Longest Living People with Diabetes (Marlowe & Co., 2007), The 7 Step Diabetes Fitness Plan (Marlowe & Co., 2006), Diabetes-Free Kids (Avery, 2005), and The Diabetic Athlete (Human Kinetics, 2001). Her expertise on diabetes is also frequently shared in interviews and articles in popular magazines, including Men s Health, Men s Fitness, Muscle & Fitness, Diabetes Health, Diabetes Forecast, Newsweek International, and USA Today.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 4861 KB
  • Print Length: 296 pages
  • Publisher: Human Kinetics Publishers; 1 edition (31 Oct 2008)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002R0JXJK
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #207,763 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic book! 30 Dec 2009
To me this is one of the best popular books on any aspect of diabetes that I have read. The "case histories" of individual's achievements are nothing short of inspirational! If you are type 1, then the information on how to modify the insulin control would be vital and very difficult to assemble from other resources in my view.

Actually, I am not insulin dependent (it's presently unclear whether I am type 2 or LADA) although I probably will be very soon without the large volume of cardio exercise that I am doing. The book doesn't really go into this aspect --- i.e. using glycogen depletion to control blood sugar --- that was the only weakness from my point of view.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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I have been an insulin-dependent diabetic athlete for many years - good club standard in a number of sports: E.g. a sub-2 hour 45 minute marathon, several years elite rowing, a lot of long distance cycling with my first '100' in 2009. During that time I have had to figure out many things for myself and have made a lot of mistakes, including ending up in hospital after training on several occasions from late onset hypoglycaemia. And yet there is no question but that exercise has been of tremendous value to me. For much of that time I had no idea of where to go for encouragement or advice.

This book is very helpful in a number of ways. It explains quite a bit about exercise physiology - what actually goes on within the body - really important stuff. It describes a number of strategies for adjusting insulin dosage, etc. It turns these into advice for many sports (ranging from active gardening and housework to doing the Race across America on a bike - I had no idea that Team Type 1 (ie people just like me - albeit fitter and more skilful!) had won this several times.

This is what is best about this book - practical advice from the horse's mouth and very inspiring case studies. Really inspiring to read, for instance, about the athlete who made the Canadian Rowing Team in Athens as a diabetic. And the author is herself a competent athlete on insulin, who has specialised in this field.

Why not 5 stars? Had I not read the superb book 'Pumping Insulin' I might have been tempted - this book is good value and a good read. But to tell the truth, Pumping Insulin gave more practical advice on the arithmetic of adjusting food and insulin to exercise in one short chapter than this book does. The case study approach does tend to lead to a 'whatever works for you' set of ideas.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent for diabetics who workout. 27 Jan 2012
By Mrs O
I bought this book as I am a diabetic and work out 6 days a week.
All I can say is I wish I had known about this book a lot earlier!!!!
It is understandable and so helpful.
The different sports listings at the back and suggested tips for better control are truly fantastic.
It is not specifically aimed at Type 1's, it is for all types.
If you are a diabetic and have an interest or you participate in sports or activities it is a must read.
I cannot recommend this book highly enough.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By Mr
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I was expecting more from this book to be honest.

Where it was lacking?
- general physiology and sports specific physiology, if you want a decent amount of detail here, best go to Tim Noakes' The Lore of Running, or Phil Maffetones Big Book of Endurance Training and Racing. This was pretty light touch for a book that is targetting the athletic diabetic
- sport specific strategies in detail, found this bit repetetive, confusing and not detailed enough for me.
- carbo centric - lacking almost any detail on low to moderate carb approaches for the serious endurance athlete and training the fat burning metabolism as a diabetic

Overall I was expecting more detail. If you are a new athlete or an established diabetic looking to get started on exercise this is a good starting point, but as a newly diagnosed, but established serious athlete who already has their own sports specific knowledge this simply did not deliver. I needed a book that would help the athlete understand the effect of diabetes on their energy needs, nutrition, hydration and training strategies and this just wasn't it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars As described 11 May 2012
By Dave P
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The book has been a great help, it is full of information and covers a great range of sports. It is a must for diabetics who take part and want to progress while maintaining good BG levels
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