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Diabetes For Dummies, 4th Edition

ISBN: 978-1-118-29447-5
408 pages
September 2012
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The straight facts on treating diabetes successfully

With diabetes now considered pandemic throughout the world, there have been an enormous advances in the field since the last edition of Diabetes For Dummies. Now significantly revised and updated, it includes the latest information on medications and monitoring equipment, updated diet and exercise plans, new findings about treating diabetes in the young and elderly, new ways to diagnose and treat long- and short-term complications, and more.

Want to know how to manage diabetes? Trusted diabetes expert Dr. Alan Rubin gives you reassuring, authoritative guidance on putting together a state-of-the-art treatment program to treat diabetes successfully and live a full life. You'll learn about all the advances in monitoring glucose, the latest medications, and how to develop a diet and exercise plan to stay healthy.

  • New information on the psychology of diabetes and its treatment
  • New ways to diagnose and treat both short- and long-term complications of diabetes
  • The latest information about diabetes medications and testing devices
  • Updated diet and exercise plans
  • Expanded coverage about type 2 diabetes in children and new findings about how diabetes affects the elderly

Diabetes For Dummies is for the millions of Diabetics (and their loved ones) throughout the United States who are in search of a resource to help them manage this disease.

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Table of Contents

Introduction  1

Part I: Dealing with the Onset of Diabetes  7

Chapter 1: Dealing with Diabetes 9

Chapter 2: It’s the Glucose and the Hemoglobin A1c 19

Chapter 3: Defi ning the Various Types of Diabetes 31

Part II: How Diabetes Affects Your Body  49

Chapter 4: Battling Short-Term Complications 51

Chapter 5: Preventing Long-Term Complications 65

Chapter 6: Diabetes, Sexual Function, and Pregnancy 99

Part III: Managing Diabetes: The “Thriving with Diabetes” Lifestyle Plan  117

Chapter 7: Glucose Monitoring and Other Tests 119

Chapter 8: Diabetes Diet Plan 151

Chapter 9: Keep It Moving: Creating Your Exercise Plan 175

Chapter 10: Medications: What You Should Know 195

Chapter 11: Diabetes Is Your Show 227

Chapter 12: Putting Your Knowledge to Work for You 237

Part IV: Special Considerations for Living with Diabetes  243

Chapter 13: Your Child Has Diabetes 245

Chapter 14: Diabetes and the Elderly 261

Chapter 15: Occupational and Insurance Problems 269

Chapter 16: What’s New in Diabetes Care 281

Chapter 17: What Doesn’t Work When You Treat Diabetes 289

Part V: The Part of Tens  299

Chapter 18: Ten Ways to Prevent or Reverse the Effects of Diabetes 301

Chapter 19: Ten (Or So) Myths about Diabetes That You Can Forget 307

Chapter 20: Ten Ways to Get Others to Help You 313

Part VI: Appendixes  319

Appendix A: Dr W W Web 321

Appendix B: Glossary 331

Appendix C: Mini-Cookbook 339

Index  369

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Author Information

Alan L. Rubin, MD, is one of the nation's foremost authorities on diabetes. He is the author of Type 1 Diabetes For Dummies, Diabetes Cookbook For Dummies, and Prediabetes For Dummies.

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Press Release

September 06, 2012
Diabetes For Dummies® Updated to Provide New Developments in Treatment and Prevention

Diabetes is now considered pandemic throughout the world. The International Diabetes Federation reports that 366 million people had diabetes in 2011 and that 552 million will have the disease by 2030 – that’s one in every ten people on Earth. Fortunately, since the publication of the third edition of Diabetes For Dummies® in 2008, there has been an enormous amount of work done in the field. There are new ways to diagnose and treat both short- and long-term complications and new information on the psychology of diabetes and its treatment.

Diabetes For Dummies author Dr. Alan L. Rubin says, “So much has changed in the four years since the third edition was written that a fourth edition was clearly necessary. I need to tell you about new medicines, new glucose meters, and new ideas about diet and exercise. I also need to share new information about diabetes in children and the occupational and insurance problems of people with diabetes.”

Diabetes For Dummies, 4th Edition (Wiley, 978-1-118-29447-5, September 2012) also exposes false promises from drug companies and supplement makers and spotlights proposals for diabetes care that have not been carefully evaluated.

“In previous editions, I have enthusiastically spoken about the great efforts of pharmaceutical companies to provide you with the best drugs to lower your glucose, reduce your blood pressure, and lower your cholesterol. In this edition, I have the sad responsibility to warn you about these same pharmaceutical companies,” says Dr. Rubin.

The always popular “Part of Tens” runs through ten ways to prevent or reverse the effects of diabetes and ten myths about diabetes that you can forget (“pregnancy is not an option for women with diabetes,” “you have to be overweight to get diabetes,” among others).

The Cheat Sheet on Dummies.com includes screening guidelines for diabetes, ten rules for diabetes control, standards for continuing care, and information on oral drugs for Type 2 diabetes.

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