My_diabetes_organizer Promoters from North Hill Publishing recently sent me a unique new "book" to look at: "My Diabetes Organizer," billed as "the essential planner and record-keeper for people with type 2 diabetes." First impression: it's very clean-lined and colorful and strikes me as the equivalent of the top-line Franklin Planner for people with diabetes.

It's an 8.5x11-size spiral-bound notebook full of tabbed sections that clearly explain medications, meal planning, and all manner of "things to do" with diabetes -- plus lots of space for detailed record-keeping, including big plastic envelopes for your medical receipts, providers' business cards, and news clippings. What a novel idea! It's really quite attractive, full of clearly explained and accurate information... and perfect for anyone who's meticulous about getting organized! Unfortunately, most of us aren't.

In fact, I tried keeping my diabetes stuff in a three-ring binder for a while, but quickly got distracted, plus the binder got so messy -- stuffed with volumes of receipts and other paper slips -- that I shoved it under my bed so I wouldn't have to look at it. I believe it's still lying there, covered with dust.

Regarding this new organizer, David Mendosa is quoted as saying, "Wow! They thought of everything! Until I saw My Diabetes Organizer, I really didn't appreciate all the things we need to do to control our diabetes every day, each month, and annually."

With all due respect (David's a great resource!), I think he may have hit the deterrent on the head here: rather than giving readers the motivating impression that diabetes is plainly manageable, the sheer amount of detail included in this record-keeper might be a turn-off. As in, Oh my God, do I have track all that?!

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I'm sorry to say that if it were me, I might end up using the organizer as a catch-all file for paperwork, like the one wasting away under my bed.

That said, however, it might be worth the investment just for the pocket-sized "Daily Tracker" that comes in the package. With great quick-reference info and space for precise carb-intake records, this is one of the best little carry-around diabetes log books I've seen.

"My Diabetes Organizer" by Gina Barbetta and Valerie Rossi, North Hill Publishing, July 2006, $15.72 on Amazon.

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