An indispensable, up-to-date resource for managing your diabetes from the global leader in diabetes research, care, and education.
Finding out that you have diabetes immediately raises questions about the condition, its treatment, and its impact on your future. Why did I get diabetes? What will I have to do to treat it? How will my future health be affected by having diabetes? What will my life be like? Getting accurate answers to these and many other questions will determine how well you are able to live with diabetes.
This completely updated edition of The Joslin Guide to Diabetes will help provide the answers you need. It's an easy-to-understand resource that explains not only the types of diabetes treatment but also every aspect of diabetes self-management, including:
• Meal planning and carbohydrate counting
• Monitoring blood glucose
• Administering insulin and taking oral medications
• Treating high and low blood glucose
• Using physical activity to help control diabetes, maintain good health, and reduce the chances of future problems
• Successfully fitting diabetes into your lifestyle
Based upon research and the clinical experience of the world-renowned Joslin Diabetes Center and written by physician and diabetes expert Richard S. Beaser, M.D., and nutritionist and diabetes educator Amy Campbell, R.D., M.S., C.D.E., this book will help those with diabetes integrate the medical treatments and lifestyle changes necessary to learn how to live healthfully with this condition.
The nation's third leading fatal disease after heart disease and cancer, diabetes is the primary cause of blindness in working-age Americans and the cause for most cases of end-stage kidney failure and lower-extremity amputations. With judicious self-care and medical treatment, however, diabetics need not become part of these statistics, observes Beaser, chairman of Patient Education at the Joslin Diabetes Center in Boston and associate professor at the Harvard Medical School. In this excellent, no-nonsense introduction to self-care for both insulin-dependent and noninsulin-dependent diabetics, he emphasizes the need for proper diet, weight control and exercise, and for frequent monitoring of blood sugar and ongoing medical supervision. Suggesting guidelines for office visits, medical tests that should be done regularly and questions to ask one's healthcare team, Beaser discusses insulin pumps, diabetes pills and what lies on the horizon of current diabetes research. Most valuably, he offers diabetics procedures for controlling their disease and, thus, their lives. This book belongs in the hands of all diabetics and those who share in their care and well-being.