Take Control Of Your Diabetes

Filed under: Health — @ February 17, 2007

Every 21 seconds, another person is is diagnosed as diabetic, a point the American Diabetes Association points out dramatically in its new campaign, which I wrote about previously. With 20.8 million children and adults afflicted in the U.S., these people need to learn to take good care of themselves.

Even more tragic is that devastating effects of this disease such as heart attack, stroke, blindness and limb amputations are largely preventable. Which is why the new book, Know Your Numbers, Outlive Your Diabetes, from journalist and type 1 diabetic Amy Tenderich and Richard A. Jackson, M.D., director of outreach at the Joslin Diabetes Center, is just what the doctor ordered, so to speak.

No longer can people with diabetes plead: “Oh, I don’t know what to do.” Neither will they be able to bemoan: “I’m confused about how to manage my diabetes.”

Indeed, the new book — which the authors claim is the first-ever, hands-on DIY [that's do-it-yourself] guide to avoiding the long-term damage that diabetes can cause” — teaches readers “to understand, track, and prioritize their five most critical health factors — A1c, blood pressure, lipids (HDL, LDL, triglycerides), microalbumin, and yearly eye exam.”

What’s more, patients who find that any of those five values are out of range, will find in the book “detailed strategies and doable action plans for improving them.”

What’s alarming, the authors observe, is that “these five simple medical tests are currently the best and only measures indicating each person

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