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Type 1 Diabetes For Dummies

ISBN: 978-1-118-05192-4
360 pages
April 2011
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Whether you have been living with type 1 diabetes for some time, or you have just discovered that your child is diabetic, there’s a lot you need to know about the new developments in treating, controlling, and living with this disease. Type 1 Diabetes For Dummies, explains everything you need to know and do to make living with type 1 diabetes easier and healthier.

This reassuring, plain-English guide helps you understand and mange the disease with tips on working with your doctor, administering insulin, developing a diet an exercise plan, and coping with illness and travel. You’ll find out about the latest technologies of blood glucose monitoring and insulin delivery, and get a handle on everything you need to do to keep yourself or your child healthy, active, and feeling good. Discover how to:

  • Overcome short-term complications
  • Eat a diabetes-friendly diet
  • Use exercise to help control type 1 diabetes
  • Handle school, work, and other activities
  • Help your child maintain a high quality of life
  • Prevent long-term complications
  • Be healthier than your friends who don’t have diabetes
  • Deal with the emotional and psychological effects of the disease
  • Choose an insulin pump for yourself or your child
  • Calculate insulin dosages

Anyone can live a long, healthy, and productive life with type 1 diabetes. Small Type 1 Diabetes For Dummies delivers every drop of information you need to make sure that you or your child can do just that.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Part I: Defining Type 1 Diabetes 9

Chapter 1: Dealing with Type 1 Diabetes 11

Chapter 2: Recognizing Type 1 Diabetes 19

Chapter 3: Excluding Other Types of Diabetes 31

Part II: Considering the Consequences of Type 1 Diabetes 43

Chapter 4: Overcoming Short-Term Complications 45

Chapter 5: Preventing Long-Term Complications 61

Chapter 6: Handling Emotional Effects 83

Part III: Treating Type 1 Diabetes 97

Chapter 7: Undergoing Essential Tests and Monitoring Blood Glucose 99

Chapter 8: Eating a Healthy Diet 127

Chapter 9: Exercising to Improve Control of Type 1 Diabetes 151

Chapter 10: Understanding the Basics of Using Insulin 171

Chapter 11: Delivering Insulin with a Pump 193

Chapter 12: Getting a Grip on Other Drugs and Treatments 207

Chapter 13: Surveying Kidney, Pancreas, and Pancreatic Islet Transplants 221

Part IV: Living with Type 1 Diabetes 237

Chapter 14: Adjusting to School, Work, and Other Activities 239

Chapter 15: Managing Illness and Travel 251

Chapter 16: Going through Pregnancy and Menopause 261

Chapter 17: Controlling Type 1 Diabetes in the Elderly 277

Part V: The Part of Tens 291

Chapter 18: Ten Ways to Involve Kids in Their Own Diabetes Care 293

Chapter 19: Ten Commandments for Good Diabetes Management 301

Chapter 20: Ten Myths about Type 1 Diabetes 309

Chapter 21: Ten of the Latest Discoveries in Type 1 Diabetes 317

Part VI: Appendixes 325

Appendix A: Glossary 327

Appendix B: Resources for the Latest Information 335

Index 343

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Author Information

This is the fifth For Dummies book by Alan L. Rubin, MD. His previous books, Diabetes For Dummies, Diabetes Cookbook For Dummies, Thyroid For Dummies, and High Blood Pressure For Dummies (all of which are now in second editions), have been major successes. Letters of praise from numerous readers verify the important role that Dr. Rubin’s books have played in their lives. The books have been translated into seven languages and adapted for readers in the United Kingdom, Canada, and Australia. Each of Dr. Rubin’s For Dummies books provides the latest information on every aspect of its subject while being written in an easy-to-understand format that’s full of humor and wisdom.
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