About 16 million Americans are affected by diabetes. Worldwide, 200 million people are estimated to have the condition. Friendly and empowering in approach, Diabetes - A Practical Guide to Managing Your Health is the complete guide to diabetes, offering all the information people need to understand the condition and manage their lives so they stay in the best of health. The books opening section offers authoritative yet easy to understand explanations of what goes wrong in diabetes; the differences between the various types; and the signs and symptoms to look for. A wealth of easy-to-follow advice on diet and exercise concentrates on helping the reader adapt an existing lifestyle rather than making radical changes. Comprehensive information on monitoring blood glucose and using drug treatments (including insulin) helps the reader avoid hypoglycemic attacks and episodes of hyperglycemia. Day-to-day essentials such as employment, driving, travel, and accessing healthcare services are discussed, as well as special situations such as diabetes during pregnancy and childbirth. Finally, a section on possible long-term complications gives advice on assessing the risk and preventing problems from developing. The particular concerns of babies, children, and teenagers with diabetes are addressed in a separate section, offering advice to parents and as well as teenagers.
The American Diabetes Association is the nations leading nonprofit health organization providing diabetes research, information, and advocacy. The mission of ADA is to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes. Rosemary Walker RGN BSc (Hons) FETC qualified as a nurse at Kings College Hospital, London, in 1983 and has subsequently completed an honors degree in psychology, a graduate certificate in diabetes, and a teaching certificate. She has spent 16 years as a diabetes specialist nurse, including two years as a professional advisor at Diabetes UK. She was also a member of the UK Governments Expert Reference Group, which set national standards for diabetes care in England, published in 2001. Jill Rodgers RGN MSc BA (Hons) trained as a nurse in the Royal Navy, qualifying in 1983. She has over 20 years of clinical nursing experience, both in hospital and community settings, and has worked in diabetes care since 1994. She has had particular involvement in the development of diabetes services within primary care. At a national level, Jill established the National Diabetes Facilitators Group, which she subsequently chaired from 1995 to 2001; this included setting up a national course for diabetes facilitators. She was instrumental in founding the Journal of Diabetes Nursing and in setting up and co-editing the Diabetes and Primary Care journal. David S. Schade MD is Chief of the Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine. He has been involved with research on diabetes for over 30 years and cares for many people with diabetes in his clinic. He has written over 250 publications and books on diabetes.
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