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Diabetes For Dummies, 5th Edition



Diabetes For Dummies, 5th Edition

Alan L. Rubin

ISBN: 978-1-119-09076-2 August 2015 432 Pages

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The straight facts on treating diabetes successfully

With diabetes now considered pandemic throughout the world, there have been enormous advances in the field. Now significantly revised and updated, this new edition of Diabetes For Dummies includes the latest information on diabetes medications and monitoring equipment, new findings about treating diabetes in the young and elderly, new ways to diagnose and treat long- and short-term complications, updated nutritional guidelines, new tools for measuring blood sugar and delivering insulin to the body, and much more.

There's no question that the burden of diabetes is increasing globally: it's estimated that 387 million people worldwide are living with diabetes, and that staggering number is expected to increase an additional 205 million+ by 2035. If you or a loved one is part of this overwhelming statistic, you can take comfort in the sensitive and authoritative information provided in this hands-on guide. From monitoring and maintaining your glucose to understanding the importance of exercising and eating right—and everything in between—Diabetes For Dummies takes the guesswork out of living with diabetes and empowers you to take control and keep your life on a healthy track.

  • Reduce your risk of diabetes complications
  • Discover the latest and the tried-and-true options for monitoring blood sugar
  • Get up to speed on the various diabetes medications and lifestyle strategies
  • Improve diabetes control and overall health

If you're one of the millions of diabetics or pre-diabetics in search of an accessible and up-to-date resource to help you manage this disease, Diabetes For Dummies is the trusted guide you'll turn to again and again.

Introduction 1

Part I: Getting Started with Diabetes 7

Chapter 1: Dealing with Diabetes 9

Chapter 2: Making the Diagnosis with the Glucose and Hemoglobin A1c 19

Chapter 3: Recognizing the Various Types of Diabetes 33

Part II: Knowing How Uncontrolled Diabetes Affects Your Body 51

Chapter 4: Avoiding Short]Term Complications 53

Chapter 5: Warding Off Long]Term Complications 67

Chapter 6: Preserving Sexual Function and Protecting Pregnancy 101

Part III: Managing Diabetes: The “Thriving with Diabetes” Lifestyle Plan 121

Chapter 7: Self]Testing for Glucose and Other Key Tests 123

Chapter 8: Tackling What You Eat: Healthful Nutrition 155

Chapter 9: Metabolic Surgery: A Possible Cure for Type 2 Diabetes 181

Chapter 10: Creating Your Exercise Plan 209

Chapter 11: Medications: What You Should Know 231

Chapter 12: Assembling Your Diabetes Team 267

Part IV: Special Considerations for Living with Diabetes 277

Chapter 13: Managing Diabetes in Children 279

Chapter 14: Diabetes and the Elderly 295

Chapter 15: Dealing With Occupational and Insurance Problems 305

Chapter 16: Eyeing What’s New in Diabetes Care 317

Chapter 17: Discovering What Doesn’t Work When You Treat Diabetes 325

Part V: The Part of Tens 335

Chapter 18: Ten Commandments for Excellent Diabetes Care 337

Chapter 19: Ten Myths about Diabetes That You Can Forget 343

Chapter 20: Ten Ways to Get Others to Help You 349

Appendix: Mini]Cookbook 355