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Monitoring diabetes
The everything guide to managing and reversing pre-diabetes : your complete plan for preventing the onset of diabetes
Gretchen Scalpi ; foreword by Robert Vigersky.
Avon, Mass. : Adams Media, c2011.
"Includes a 10-week action plan!"--Cover.
     
The type 2 diabetes diet book
Calvin Ezrin, Robert E. Kowalski.
New York : McGraw-Hill ; London : McGraw-Hill [distributor], c2011.
Lose weight safely and quickly by converting fat into fuel! "The diet itself is remarkably simple. The entire regimen has been scientifically designed to provide good nutrition in a way that will put you on track for the rest of your life." -- The Diabetic Reader "The diet designed to decrease insulin production and facilitate conversion of stored fat into burnable energy." -- Nutrition Today The Type 2 Diabetes Diet Book has helped millions decrease insulin production, lose weight, and conquer their "diabesity"--and this new edition has been updated to reflect the latest advances in diabetes care. Using this guide, you can design a low-carb, low-calorie diet that helps you shed weight while controlling your diabetes. New to this edition: Recipes and meal plans that reflect current nutrition research and appeal to any palate Updated ADA recommendations Detailed examination of the link between good sleep and weight loss The revolutionary new medication for treating obesity With quick-reference tables presenting the caloric, carbohydrate, fat, and protein content of common food and drinks, The Type 2 Diabetes Diet Book , Fourth Edition is the only guide you need to shed pounds safely and effectively.
     
What nurses know-- diabetes
Rita Girouard Mertig.
New York : Demos Health, 2011.
Mertig, a nurse and retired nursing and nutrition educator who has Type 1 diabetes, draws from her experience to provide information to patients about managing diabetes. Organizing chapters by common questions, she explains what the disease is and how it affects people, what can be eaten, the importance of exercise, how medications help, glucose monitoring, how to prevent chronic complications like hypertension and heart disease, pregnancy issues and gestational diabetes, the effects of emotions on blood sugar, getting support, and how friends and family can help, with tips drawn from nursing knowledge throughout. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
     
The diabetes manifesto : take charge of your life
Lynn Crowe, Julie Stachowiak.
New York : Demos Health, c2011.
The Diabetes Manifesto is a call to self-help, self-reliance, and action for people living with diabetes. Make small changes in your life that can garner big results. This includes not only optimizing medical care and managing symptoms of the disease, but also extends to relationships, emotions, activism, and much more. Your personal Diabetes Manifesto is your commitment to exploring and developing the possibilities of your life. Book jacket.
     

Diabetes is a condition in which the body either fails to properly respond to its own insulin, does not make enough insulin, or both. There are three major types of diabetes. Type 1 is the body's failure to produce insulin. Type 2 is insulin resistance, a condition in which cells fail to use insulin properly. The third type is Gestational diabetes. Its when women who have never had diabetes have high blood sugar levels during their pregnancy.

You may have diabetes and not know it. In the U.S. 23.6 million people 7.8 percent of the population have diabetes. In 2007 1.6 million new cases of diabetes were diagnosed in people ages 20 years or older.

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With the help of a doctor you can slow the development of complications by following a proper diet, finding out what physical activities are best for you, taking diabetes medicine and checking your blood sugar every day.  Most diabetics test blood glucose levels several times a day, a mandatory part of managing the disease.

Today, technology makes monitoring your diabetes more manageable. There are all sorts of new gadgets to read, control and report your blood levels.

  • Lancing devices in which you can control the depth of the lancing to prick your finger. It minimalizes the pain and bleeding in your finger.
  • Insulin pens are convenient to carry around and you can measure the exact dosage without wasting any insulin.
  • Software can track calories, display graphs and offer support for importing meter data.
  • Meters that measure glucose in non-invasive and semi-invasive ways.
  • Cell phone that display levels and can send the reading to your doctor or text message them to any other cell phone.

Remember to check with your doctor before making any changes to your existing medical care plan.

Article by: St. Louis Public Library staff