Phil Southerland's autobiography is an inspirational coming-of-age memoir about a type 1 baby who wasn't supposed to live. But his doctor's dismal prediction didn't take into consideration his mother's indefatigable determination that her baby would thrive no matter what, and Phil's own fierce drive to conquer every single challenge he encountered, including his diabetes. It's an engrossing book, a sports adventure story with a medical subplot and a roster of dynamic characters, the most dynamic of whom is Phil himself. If we could harness his energy, our dependence on foreign oil would be a thing of the past.
What do you get when international best-selling author Dr. Steven Covey joins forces with Bayer Diabetes Care and the American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE)? You get an inspirational booklet that is a simple, practical resource guide to help people get started in managing their diabetes.
I recently ran into Theresa Garnero at the California AADE annual meeting and discovered that Diabetes Health had not yet reviewed her book, Your First Year with Diabetes: What To Do, Month By Month. We regret the oversight because it's a great resource for anyone dealing with the shock of a diabetes diagnosis. And Garnero is the perfect author for a book like this. She's an award-winning certified diabetes educator (CDE) and advanced practice registered nurse (APRN) with board certification in advanced diabetes management (BC-ADM), and she earned an Master of Science in Nursing (MSN). She is also a former national educator of the year, a cartoonist, and the 2008 global recipient of Inspired by Diabetes.
It's very likely that you, like most people, believe many myths about diabetes. If you do, you might actually be doing yourself harm. Learning the truth can empower you (as it did me) to make choices and take actions that increase the quality and length of your life.
Sheri Colberg, PhD, who has type 1 diabetes, is an exercise physiologist at Old Dominion University who specializes in research in diabetes and exercise. She has co-authored an inspirational and relevant book called, “50 Secrets of the Longest Living People with Diabetes.”
For the first time, the American Diabetes Association (ADA) came out in support of low-carbohydrate diets for people with diabetes who want to manage their weight. The ADA announced this landmark decision in December 2007 with its 2008 clinical practice recommendations. The latest recommendation is in sharp contrast to decades of promoting only low-fat/high-carb diets.
Among the many possible complications of diabetes is sexual dysfunction. It's
not talked about as much as something like neuropathy, so people (especially
women) often don't connect their sexual problems to their diabetes. And even if
they do, they often can't raise the topic with their healthcare team.
I recently had the good fortune to come across two very good cookbooks for
people with diabetes. The first is The All-Natural Diabetes Cookbook: The Whole
Food Approach to Great Taste and Healthy Eating, by Jackie Newgent, RD,
published by the American Diabetes Association.
Sheri Colberg, PhD, is writing the 2nd edition of her book, The Diabetic Athlete. Updated throughout, it will cover the use of the newest insulins, new medications like Symlin and Byetta, and all the latest devices.
Dialysis is a subject cloaked in alarming myths and misconceptions.
The public mind tends to envision dialysis patients as huddled in
seedy clinics, hooked up to machines like iron lungs and knocking
weakly at death's door.
Dr. Stephen Covey is a mesmerizing lifestyle guru who has
revolutionized business management with his seven principles of
living life effectively. When his wife was diagnosed with type 2
diabetes, he was shocked to learn that four out of five people don't
know how to manage their diabetes.
This book chronicles one woman's lifestyle change and how her
journey ignited a popular movement called the "Meltdown" that
brought an entire county together in a community-wide weight loss
You can rack your brain and make lists by the dozens, but it's still
hard to be sure you've covered everything when you're preparing for
a trip and you have diabetes. The last thing you need is to be stuck
at an airport and find you've forgotten something critical.
The Washington boys, Kamaal and Malcolm, were the first to bring
diabetes to the world of comic books with Dr. Diabetes, a
super-villain who is overcome by our hero Omega Boy in a pair of
stories that introduce type 1 diabetes in a kid-friendly format.
Kamaal Washington was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes when he was
nine. He's thirteen now. In those four years, he's become an
advocate for diabetes and the author, with his brother Malcolm and
help from his parents, of a diabetes educational superhero comic
book that's swept the nation beyond their wildest expectations. But
it all started when he began to be really, really thirsty.
PHILADELPHIA, April 19, 2007 - Eat right. Exercise. Monitor blood sugar. Take medication regularly. This is the advice physicians give the more than 20 million Americans affected with diabetes. Yet implementation of these recommendations is often far from ideal, putting patients at greater risk for damage to the heart, kidneys, eyes, and feet.
New York, NY - According to NY Department of Health and Mental
Hygiene report released January 30, 2007, one in eight adults in New
York City has diabetes. Among those, African Americans have one of
the highest rates at nearly 14.5%. Nationwide 2.6 million African
Americans over the age of 20 have diabetes. That’s 10 African
Americans for every 6 white Americans with diabetes. Of the 2.8
million African Americans with diabetes, only 1.5 million have been
diagnosed. An estimated 730,000 don’t even know they have the
“The 7 Step Diabetes Fitness Plan: Living Well and Being Fit
With Diabetes, No Matter Your Weight” (Marlowe & Co., 2006) is
the book I hoped would be there for me one day if I were to be
diagnosed with pre-diabetes.
Hala Khalaf is the author of “Young Voices: Life With Diabetes”
(John Wiley & Sons, 2005). Her book is an intimate portrayal of how culture
influences the daily lives of 13 young people with diabetes from around the
Anne Peters, MD, is director of the clinical diabetes programs at the University
of Southern California (USC). Her latest book, “Conquering Diabetes”
(Hudson Street Press, April 2005), has been hailed as one of the most “real”
and readable diabetes guidebooks to date.
“Omega Boy Versus Doctor Diabetes” is a
comic book written by brothers Kamaal and
Malcolm Washington. The brothers—ages 11
and 9, respectively—are the sons of Alonzo
Washington, publisher, co-writer, co-creator
and owner of Omega 7 comic books.
Legendary endocrinologist Francine R. Kaufman, MD,
has written a new book entitled “Diabesity:
The Obesity-Diabetes Epidemic That Threatens
America—And What We Must Do To Stop It”
(Bantam Books, 2005).
“Smart Pumping for People With Diabetes” by Barbara J. Anderson, PhD, and Howard Wolpert, MD, a new book published by the American Diabetes Association, teaches people with diabetes how to use the insulin pump effectively.
Best-selling cookbook author Dana Carpender has released her newest collection of tasty lower-carb recipes, entitled “15-Minute Low-Carb Recipes: Instant Recipes for Dinners, Desserts, & More!” (Fair Winds Press, 2003).
With the concepts of glycemic index (GI) and glycemic load (GL) influencing the way many people with diabetes eat, four leading researchers on the glycemic index have written a book to help people better understand this approach.
"Your Child Has Diabetes" is an easy-to-read resource that touches on the basics of diabetes in children: understanding the difference between type 1 and type 2, using insulin and oral medications, planning meals and exercise, and dealing with the emotional aspects of having diabetes. It is packed with illustrations and written for a seventh- and eighth-grade reading level.
While many books on diabetes management are written for people who have the disease, the Joslin Diabetes Center has just published one with doctors in mind. "Joslin's Diabetes Deskbook: A Guide for Primary Care Providers"— written by Richard S. Beaser, MD, from Harvard Medical School, along with members of the Joslin staff—provides background information on diabetes and its complications as well as outlining the most current approaches to managing and treating the disease.
Seniors with diabetes may need to make changes to their diet to remain healthy, according to the American Diabetes Association (ADA). In addition, people may have more difficulty preparing food as they get older.
Food and gifts! What would the holidays be without them? From the traditional dishes we prepare every year to the unusual and exotic specialty, from the highly frivolous gift to the perfect one matched exactly to the needs of the recipient, we strive to make the holidays wonderful by providing food and gifts for the people we love.
If you're breaking your back—or calculator—trying to compute the carbohydrates in every meal in order to set your insulin dose, then work no more. Family Health Publications of Costa Mesa, California, is now offering a software program that counts the amount of carbohydrates in the most common type of foods, including fast food. The program can by uploaded on to a PalmPilot, where the carbohydrate count, in addition to calorie, fat and protein content of a selected food pops up on the screen.
The American Diabetes Association recommends that people with diabetes incorporate 20 to 35 grams of dietary fiber into their diets on a daily basis in order to control their blood sugars. To help people with diabetes meet this goal, the Joslin Diabetes Center in Boston has published a new high-fiber cookbook entitled "The Joslin Diabetes Healthy Carbohydrate Cookbook."
In addition to being an assistant professor of exercise science at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia and DIABETES HEALTH's exercise advisor, Sheri Colberg, PhD, can add "author" to her list of credentials.
Peter Chase, MD, professor of pediatrics and clinical director of Barbara Davis Center for Childhood Diabetes in Denver, has introduced a revised, kid-friendly coloring book called "A Book for Coloring and Learning About Diabetes."
You may not be a dummy, but chances are you are overwhelmed by all the diabetes information you are bombarded with, information that can be highly complex, technical and fast-changing. Information about diabetes can be difficult to incorporate into a healthy life.
National Diabetes Month is always a good time to stop and take stock of how much you really know about managing your diabetes. With a large assortment of new books on the market, understanding your diabetes can be that much easier.
In a new book, "The Diabetes Cure," author Vern Cherewatenko, MD, claims that an herbal compound, hydroxycitric acid (HCA), coupled with a chromium supplement, plus some serious dieting and exercise, is the cure for type 2 diabetes.
February seems a good month to view the wintry weather outside from
a comfortable chair, accompanied by a steaming cup of sugar-free hot
cocoa and a pile of diabetes cookbooks. From the many available
choices, here are a few I highly recommend:
Authors Biermann and Toohey strike again. This prolific diabetes duo has updated their supremely popular book, The Diabetic's Book: All Your Questions Answered. Praise for previous editions says that it is a down-to-earth, practical and upbeat guide anyone can understand.
Preliminary results from research performed at Children's Hospital Los Angeles by the Starbright Foundation suggests that the Diabetes CD-ROM is effective in teaching kids about diabetes. When compared to other education methods-including a three-hour group session of educational games and activities and a 1991 Nintendo video game designed to help kids learn about managing their insulin levels-the CD-ROM produced the best overall results. For example, children who used the CD-ROM had better HbA1c levels, higher diabetes knowledge scores, and were more comfortable talking to parents and friends about their diabetes than those who engaged in the other activities.
Linda Fredrickson, MA, RN, CDE, vice president of global medical education at MiniMed Inc., writes that pump users who do not swim for such an extended period of time usually disconnect from their infusion site. Fredrickson offers Emily Adamski, a 15-year-old who was recently on the cover of Diabetes Forecast, as an example of how the pump can be managed when swimming.
Every person with diabetes needs to be informed about current treatments and advances in the fight against diabetes. However, just 10 years ago there was little helpful information available. "It was monumentally depressing. There was little in the way of selection when it came to books on diabetes and what there was made it sound like you'd have to live the rest of your life like a lab rat," says Barbara Toohey co-founder of The Sugar Free Center and co-owner with June Biermann of Prana Books.
Get a medical exam before you start an exercise program.
Exercising in the morning while the insulin level is low works well for most people with type I diabetes.
Exercising 30 minutes to two hours after a meal or snack works well for most people.
Prevent low blood sugars with slow carbs, such as athletic bars or protein-enriched pasta.
Treat low blood sugars with fast carbs, such as glucose tablets or dextrose candies.
Eat a protein/carb snack or a bar with slow-acting carbohydrates (Nite Bite, etc.) before bed after intense/long exercise or any exercise out of your ordinary range to keep your blood sugar from dropping overnight.
Regular exercise trains the body and stabilizes the blood sugar.
Always carry fast carbs with you as you exercise.
To learn more about exercise and diabetes check with your health care professional and read STOP the Rollercoaster, a comprehensive book on managing your blood sugars (available by calling 800-988-4772).
The Diabetic Man: A Guide to Health and Success in All Areas of Your Life
by Peter Lodewick, MD, June Biermann and Barbara Toohey
(Lowell House, $16)
To purchase call Prana Publications at (800) 735-7726.
In the current controversy between advocates of high-carbohydrates versus those who insist upon low-carbohydrates, doctors have taken to making broad, sweeping statements concerning the human race. Each side seems to have a completely different idea of what causes disease.
A new book which may revolutionize the way people with diabetes analyze food is being published out of Australia and Canada. The book, The G.I. Factor: The Glycaemic Index Solution, is a definitive look at an underutilized tool.
Go to any bookstore and look at the diet and cookbook section. You'll find book after book of lowfat diet plans and cookbooks. Go to any market and you'll see shelf after shelf of lowfat products. You'd think the lowfat lifestyle was the only way to go. The Fickle Finger of food facts can't abide by this. It just has to swivel in the opposite direction. And strangely enough, that swivel is starting right here in Diabetesland.
Whom do you turn to for your changing needs as a teen with diabetes? Jean Betschart and Susan Thom have produced a great book that is sure to bring independence to the lives of many young adult readers.
At last! Someone who not only listens, but actually responds in the best possible way! Janet Meirelles, RN, is a Certified Diabetes Educator, a support group facilitator, as well as a gifted listener and author. Her book Diabetes is Not a Piece of Cake should be in every home and library.
This article is part of an exercise chapter from the authors' new book, Stop The Rollercoaster, written with Lois Jovanovic-Peterson, MD. The book explains the use of multiple injections, carb counting, blood sugar patterns, and reducing risks for complications. Stop the Rollercoaster will be available from Torrey Pines Press (800) 988-4772 in September. For a diabetes update and information on the internet, set your browser to diabetesnet.com.
The future of health care in America is going to involve more personal responsibility for self-care and preventive maintenance. We're going to have to learn to analyze and handle many of our own health problems, and one of the most effective ways to do this is through bibliotherapy.
What does the future hold for health care in America? Nobody knows for sure, even those on Hillary Rodham Clinton's committee-maybe especially those on her committee! But one thing is certain. Whatever the new system turns out to be, its going to involve more personal responsibility for self-care and preventive maintenance. We're going to have to learn to analyze and handle many of our own health problems. And one of the most effective ways to do this is through bibliotherapy.
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