A Publication of The Medical Library Association
The Type 2 Diabetes Handbook: Six Rules for Staying Healthy with Type 2 Diabetes
Colvin, Rod MS and Lane, James T MD../ Addicus Books, Inc. 2011. 118 p. index. ISBN: 978-1-886039-64-3.
Health writer Colvin and diabetes specialist Lane collaborate to provide patients a handbook for successfully living with type 2 diabetes. If not properly managed, diabetes can cause significant complications leading to neuropathy, eye disease, heart problems, kidney failure, and other problems. The authors succinctly outline rules for patients to follow to manage their glucose levels in order to prevent or delay complications from occurring or progressing. The book is aimed at the person who has been recently diagnosed with type 2 diabetes.
Beginning with a basic background of general diabetes concepts, the authors describe the different types of diabetes and their causes. Because weight control is essential to the management of the condition, the authors outline a diet plan focusing on portion control and selecting the right foods. Particularly helpful for patients are lists of foods, tips for grocery shopping, and strategies for portion control. Daily menu examples are included in the appendix. Patients are also encouraged to maintain weight through regular exercise. Chapter 3 provides guidelines for exercising for patients with diabetes.
Taking medications and monitoring and controlling blood glucose regularly are important for patients so they can keep glucose as close to normal levels as possible in order to avoid complications from developing. The authors provide information about selecting a glucometer and using the glucometer to measure glucose levels. A succinct overview of the different types of oral, injectable, and insulin medications is included.
Overall, the authors provide patients with a well-written handbook to assist them in managing type 2 diabetes. Concepts are explained well and the text is written on a level consumers can understand. Some medical terms are not defined within the text, however a glossary is provided at the end of the book. Those newly diagnosed with type 2 diabetes will find the book beneficial to helping them understand and manage their condition. In addition to a glossary and daily menu examples the authors also provide a list of further resources for patients to consult.
Dana Ladd, Community Health Education Center, Tompkins-McCaw Library for the Health Sciences, VCU Libraries, Richmond, VA