This practical, easy to read book tells you everything you need to know to take good care of your diabetes. Having diabetes means that you need to make yourself better informed about this condition than the average doctor. In this remarkable book, Dr Ragnar Hanas shows you step-by-step how to become an expert in your own diabetes.
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Medical research has conclusively proved that looking after your diabetes- and keeping your blood glucose level down- is the key to avoiding the pitfalls and long-term risks. This book gives you all the strategies, tips and tricks to get your blood glucose down and keep it in control.
By understanding your Type 1 Diabetes and how to manage it, you can live a full, happy and healthy life. Remember: you have diabetes - it doesn't 'have' you!
This practical handbook gives you:
•A step-by-step guide to achieving optimal health with diabetes for young people with Type 1 Diabetes and their parents, as well as health care professionals, teachers, schools, councellors and many others.
•Straightforward guidance on blood glucose, hypos, healthy eating, exercise, illness, smoking, travel and many other topics.
•Practical checklists and stories of other people with diabetes.
•Details of support groups and organisations to go to for further help and support.
•An extensive glossary defining 178 medical terms.
•Over 400 illustrations and cartoons.
2. Getting to grips with diabetes
3. Caring for your own diabetes
4. Diabetes: Some background
5. How your body works
6. High blood glucose levels
7. Regulation of blood glucose
9. Treating hypoglycaemia
10. Insulin treatment
12. The HbA1c test
13. Injection technique
14. Injection equipment
15. Adjusting insulin doses
16. Insulin pumps
17. Side effects of insulin treatment
18. Insulin requirements
21. Sweets, treats and ice cream
22. Weight control
23. Eating disorders
24. Physical exercise
26. Fever and sick days
29. Illegal drugs
30. Pregnancy and sexual issues
31. Social issues
32. Travel tips
33. Associated diseases
34. Complications in blood vessels
35. Lowering the risk of complications
36. Research and new developments
38. Needle phobia
39. Well-known people with diabetes