Last week, the American Diabetes Association released the fifth edition of their Complete Guide to Diabetes. So what, right? What's special about this new edition? We don't usually even bother reviewing multi-author guides published by big organizations. True that. But we thought it was time to have a look-see whether an "everything-guide" like this can really offer anything of value to a long-time PWD?
The ADA's Guide really is like an encyclopedia of diabetes. So while veterans might think some stuff, like Diabetes 101 and Basics of Blood Glucose Monitoring, is old hat, the book also encompasses lifestyle issues, such as traveling with diabetes, sexual health, navigating diabetes and the public school system, and everything you need to know about the U.S. health care system. But at the same time, it is a cursory look at most of these topics. They are as in-depth as they can be in a few pages, but there isn't as much depth into certain topics as one might like. If you're really struggling with diabetes burnout, or you're really interested in becoming pregnant, or you're looking for some meaty info on using an insulin pump, then you'll want to seek out more dedicated books.
Still, the new edition's been revised to include the latest tools and technology that are currently available, as well as new chapters on women's and men's health, a section on continuous glucose monitors, and a discussion on mental health and diabetes. At least the ADA recognizes the role mental health plays in diabetes management. It's not all blood sugars and insulin, People!
Since the book covers type 1 and type 2 diabetes, as well as various age groups, certain sections might not be applicable to you. But I always find it interesting to learn the mechanics of the other diabetes. Did you know that between type 1, type 2, LADA, and diabetes from surgeries and other chronic conditions like cystic fibrosis, there are actually ten different types of diabetes? No wonder it's so confusing... But the book pretty much keeps to the big two: type 1 and type 2, and a section on gestational diabetes.
The book is easy to read and it's fairly easy to find stuff, with lots of subsections and bullet points. The language is casual yet matter-of-fact. It doesn't read like your typical textbook, but it also isn't as informal as, say... a blog. There are pop-out boxes with definitions, and a smattering of illustrations. I will say that it's an excellent choice for a newly diagnosed diabetic who needs something thorough, but easy to understand. And it's also great for anyone who needs a diabetes refresher. After all, we're always learning new things about diabetes... even from the ADA. ;)
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The DMBooks Giveaway
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