50 Diabetes Myths That Can Ruin Your Life: And the 50 Diabetes Truths That Can Save It

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Da Capo Press, Jul 14, 2009 - Health & Fitness - 316 pages
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Patient-expert Riva Greenberg's book is an essential guide for the more than 24 million Americans with diabetes and the more than 57 million with prediabetes. 50 Diabetes Myths That Can Ruin Your Life puts the “power of truth” directly into patients' hands, dispelling the 50 most common myths that tend to rule their lives, such as: “You have to be fat to get diabetes,” “Eating too many sweets causes diabetes,” “Insulin shots are painful,” and “Type 2 diabetes is not as serious as Type 1.” With recommendations from top experts and engaging patient stories, 50 Diabetes Myths That Can Ruin Your Life explains the crucial information everyone managing this chronic illness needs to know to live a long, healthy life with diabetes.
 

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Greenberg (The ABCs of Loving Yourself with Diabetes) has lived with diabetes for 30-plus years and has substantially contributed to the patient literature. She is singularly well placed to help those ... Read full review

Contents

2 I have to be overweight to get diabetes 8
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3 I dont have to watch myself because my doctor says I have just a touch of sugar or Im only borderline 12
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4 Type 2 diabetes is not as serious as type 1 17
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5 Ive just been diagnosed I cant have complications yet 22
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6 Only adults get type 2 diabetes and only kids get type 1 29
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7 If I have to go on insulin its the beginning of the end 34
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8 So many of my family members have diabetes Im certain to get it 39
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9 People with diabetes cant eat sugar 44
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30 When I feel the symptoms of low blood sugar I should keep eating sweets until I feel better 164
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31 People with diabetes should eat only sweets labeled sugarfree or diabetic 169
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32 I shouldnt drink alcohol because it will raise my blood sugar 174
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Body Fitness Myths
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33 I have to lose a lot of weight for my diabetes to improve 180
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34 Exercise isnt important for managing my diabetes if Im taking medicine 186
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35 If anything were really wrong with my footit would hurt 195
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36 My vision is blurry because Im getting older 200
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10 Diabetes is the leading cause of blindness heart attack kidney disease and amputation 49
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11 Most people who have diabetes eventually lose their feet 54
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12 Insulin shots are very painful 60
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13 Theres nothing I can do to prevent my kids from getting diabetes 64
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14 People who have diabetes have to wear special shoes 72
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Medical Myths
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15 Diabetes medications make you gain weight 78
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16 I cant have diabetes because I have no symptoms 83
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17 If I lose weight and dont require medicine anymore Ill no longer have diabetes 88
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18 Theres nothing new for treating type 2 diabetes 94
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19 If Im sick such as with a cold or flu and barely eat I shouldnt take my diabetes medicine 102
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20 If my diabetes is under control theres no need to see my doctor 106
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21 If I take insulin I must eat snacks during the day and at bedtime 114
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22 Ive heard for thirty years that theres going to be a cure for type 1 diabetes but nothings changed 118
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23 Women with diabetes shouldnt get pregnant 124
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24 The stresses and strains of everyday life dont affect diabetes 130
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25 My doctor manages my diabetes so I dont have to concern myself 136
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26 There is one specific diabetic diet I should follow 142
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27 Healthful foods wont raise my blood sugar 149
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28 I cant eat anything I like anymore 153
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29 It doesnt matter what I eat if I cover it with my medicine 160
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37 Its not safe for people with diabetes to exercise or play sports 206
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38 Diabetes has nothing to do with erectile dysfunction or female sexual problems 212
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39 Theres nothing to help the pain in my feet 217
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40 Diabetes certainly doesnt affect my teeth or gums 222
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41 I cant ever take a break from dealing with my diabetes 230
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42 If my doctor says its time for me to take insulin Im a failure 235
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43 I should be able to take diabetes in stride 241
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44 Teens take better care of themselves when they understand the importance of doing so 247
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45 Theres nothing good about having diabetes 254
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Practical Practices Myths
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46 Financial help for diabetes treatment supplies and education is not available to me 262
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47 Once I begin using a bottle of insulin it has to be refrigerated 269
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48 I should never use a syringe pen needle or lancet more than once 273
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49 I cant bring syringes and other diabetes supplies aboard an airplane 277
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50 If I wear an insulin pump my diabetes is really bad 281
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Acknowledgments 287
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Glossary 289
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References 293
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Index 305
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Riva Greenberg, who has lived with diabetes 30-plus years, writes for DiabetesHealth magazine and speaks frequently at medical conferences, health expos, and in other patient settings. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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