So you know I've been working on a "mystery book" for a while.  Well, it's time for the wrapper to come off! Even though the cover design isn't finished yet; this one's just a temporary placeholder.

Know_your_numbers_draft_cover I've been privileged to co-author this book with Dr. Richard Jackson of the Joslin Diabetes Center in Boston.  We're calling it the "first-ever, hands-on guide to achieving a long and healthy life with diabetes." It actually tells people in plain language what they need to do to get a handle on their own personal key health risks. 

In essence, this book is meant to address the great number of people with Type 2 diabetes who might not have access to the best information or care.  But this do-it-yourself guide can be useful for all of us, who often neglect to get our test results regularly or do anything about the numbers even when we know them.  The book also includes very useful chapters (in my no-BS style) on exercise, food, traveling with diabetes, how to scour the Internet, foot and mouth care, complementary and alternative medicine, the newest diabetes devices and more. 

Here's the skinny, fresh from our new flier, which made its debut at this weekend's TCOYD Conference:

KnowYour Numbers, Outlive Your Diabetes

Five Essential Health Factors YouCan Master to Enjoy a Long and Healthy Life

The first-ever guide to 5 crucial tests that everyone living with diabetes needs to have and monitor on a regular basis—by an MD at Joslin and Harvard Medical School and a diabetes patient expert.

Joslin Diabetes Center and Harvard University professor Dr. Richard Jackson and diabetes patient-expert and blogger/journalist Amy Tenderich walk readers through how to:

    * understand each of these factors

    * determine which are the most important for you to focus on (based on your family history and other risk factors)

    * create a personalized treatment plan for optimum blood-glucose control, heart health, and general diabetes management and well-being.

This is a path-breaking book that will be required reading for every single person with diabetes aspiring to manage his or her condition as successfully and fully as possible.

Five tests are the cornerstones for monitoring one's diabetes and developing a daily management plan—yet few of the more than 21 million people in the US living with diabetes know their results on all five of these. In April 2006 USA Today reported that just under 42% of adults with diabetes had had these tests.

The five factors are:

    * A1c

    * Blood pressure

    * Lipids (HDL, LDL, triglycerides)

    * Microalbumin

    * Yearly eye exam

"Often people focus on the stuff they feel guilty about (usually weight or food), when that may not even be their most critical health issue.

"What people don't usually do is get the hard facts on where they stand in terms of their own diabetes health risks. They either haven't had the five essential diabetes health tests, or they have no idea what the results are or what they might mean. But these five tests — your A1c, blood pressure, lipids, microalbumin and eye exam — provide the essential information you need to understand and manage your own health with diabetes."                     — from the Preface

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Scheduled to hit bookstores in January 2007, but the Amazon link to pre-order is up now!  (If you search for my name, it comes up twice: once for a reference in a multimedia book, and now for my very own {co}title.)  Oooh, now I really do feel famous :)

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