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Diabetes For Canadians For Dummies, 2nd Edition

ISBN: 978-0-470-67730-8
May 2010
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The straight facts on treating diabetes successfully and living a full and active life

Want to know how to manage your diabetes? This friendly book offers you reassuring guidance in putting together a state-of-the-art treatment program. Discover all the advances in monitoring glucose, the latest medications, and how to develop a diet and exercise plan to stay healthy. Full of interesting anecdotes and helpful advice, this is your ultimate diabetes reference.

  • Get the latest information — read about the newest recommendations from the Canadian Diabetes Association and the up-and-coming advances in medicines and monitors

  • Handle low and high blood-glucose emergencies — learn how to identify the symptoms that require urgent attention and how to treat the problem

  • Manage diabetes and pregnancy — know what to do during pregnancy to help ensure a healthy baby

  • Get to know your health care team — find the health care providers you need, from your family physician to your diabetes nurse educator to your dietitian, and more

  • Manage your diabetes through exercise and nutritional know-how — achieve and maintain good diabetes health with suggested exercises and healthy eating tips

  • Control your blood glucose through medication — find out everything you need to know, from treatment tips to potential side-effects

"Finally there is a book that I can recommend to people with diabetes."
Dr. Anne Kenshole, Professor of Medicine, University of Toronto

Open the book and find:

  • The symptoms and causes of your diabetes

  • How to monitor and record your blood glucose levels

  • Tips for taking and caring for insulin

  • Guidance on getting the vitamins and minerals you need from your diet

  • How to incorporate exercise into your diabetes treatment plan

  • What you need to know about alternative medicines

  • Ways to get the best possible health care

  • Useful Web sites to help keep you informed

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Part I: Dealing with the Diagnosis of Diabetes.

Chapter 1: Membership in a Club You Didn't Ask to Join.

Chapter 2: You and Your Blood Glucose.

Chapter 3: Discovering the Cause of Your Diabetes.

Chapter 4: Looking at the Different Types of Diabetes.

Part II: How Diabetes Can Affect Your Body.

Chapter 5: Handling Low and High Blood Glucose Emergencies.

Chapter 6: As Time Goes By: Handling Long-Term Complications.

Chapter 7: Diabetes, Sexual Function, and Pregnancy.

Part III: Rule Your Diabetes: Don’t Let It Rule You.

Chapter 8: Meet Your Diabetes Team.

Chapter 9: Monitoring and Understanding Your Blood Glucose Levels.

Chapter 10: You Are What You Eat: Staying Healthy with Good Nutrition.

Chapter 11: Exercising Your Way to Good Health.

Chapter 12: Controlling Your Blood Glucose with Oral Medications.

Chapter 13: Using Insulin Effectively.

Chapter 14: Complementary and Alternative Therapies.

Part IV: Particular Patients and Special Circumstances.

Chapter 15: Your Child Has Diabetes.

Chapter 16: Diabetes and the Elderly.

Chapter 17: Diabetes in Aboriginal Peoples.

Chapter 18: Special Circumstances: Employment, Insurance, Safe Driving and Piloting, and Preparing for Disaster.

Part V: The Part of Tens.

Chapter 19: Ten Ways to Stay Healthy and Avoid Complications.

Chapter 20: Ten Frequently Asked Questions.

Chapter 21: Ten Ways to Get the Best Possible Health Care.

Part VI: Appendixes.

Appendix A: The Food Group System.

Appendix B: Straight Goods on a Tangled Web: Diabetes Web Sites Worth Visiting.

Appendix C: Glossary.


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Ian Blumer, MD, is a diabetes specialist and the author of Understanding Prescription Drugs For Canadians For Dummies.

Alan L. Rubin, MD, has had a private practice specializing in diabetes for over 30 years and is the author of several For Dummies books.

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