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Type 1 Diabetes For Dummies

ISBN: 978-1-118-05192-4
384 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

Alan L. Rubin, MD, is a physician in private practice and the author of the bestselling Diabetes For Dummies, Diabetes Cookbook For Dummies, and Thyroid For Dummies.

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