ADA’s New “Complete Guide to Diabetes”

Last week, the American Diabetes Association released the fifth version of the . So what, right? What is special about this new edition? We don’t generally even bother reviewing guides published by organizations. True that. But we believed it was time to have a look-see if an “everything-guide” like this could really provide anything of value to some long-time PWD?

The Guide of the ADA really is like an encyclopedia of diabetes. So while veterans might believe some things, like Diabetes 101 and Principles of Blood Glucose Monitoring, is old hat, the publication also encompasses lifestyle issues, such as traveling with diabetes, sexual health, navigating diabetes and the public school system, and whatever you need to learn about the U.S. health care system. But at precisely the same time, it’s a cursory appearance at most of those subjects. They’re as comprehensive since they may be in a few pages, however there isn’t too much depth into specific topics as you might like. If you are actually struggling with diabetes or you are really considering getting pregnant, or you’re looking for some tips on using an insulin pump, then you’ll want to seek more devoted books.

Nonetheless, the new edition’s been revised to include the most recent 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. The ADA recognizes the role mental health plays in diabetes control. It isn’t all blood sugars and insulin!

Since the publication covers type 1 and type 2 diabetes, as well as various age classes, certain sections might not be applicable for you. But I always find it fascinating to learn the inner workings of the additional diabetes. Did you realize that between type 1, type 2, LADA diabetes from surgeries and other chronic conditions like cystic fibrosis, there are in fact ten different kinds 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 simple to read and it’s fairly simple to find things, with a great deal of subsections and bullet points. The language is more casual yet matter-of-fact. It does not look like your normal textbook, but it also isn’t as informal as, say… a blog. You will find pop-out boxes with definitions, and a smattering of illustrations. I’ll say that it’s an excellent selection for a newly diagnosed diabetic who desires something detailed, but easy to comprehend.   And it’s also great for anybody who requires a diabetes refresher.   In the end, we are constantly learning new things about diabetes… even from the ADA. 😉

You may get your own copy of the Complete Guide to Diabetes for $22.95 on Amazon or at the local book merchant, or attempt entering our drawing…

The DMBooks Giveaway

Back in April we started a new program where we “share the love” and give away free copies of these books we examine at here at the ‘Mine.

For your chance to win a copy of the American Diabetes Association’s Complete Guide to Diabetes: Fifth Edition, it’s as easy as leaving a comment!

1. Post your comment below and include the codeword “DMBooks” someplace in the remark (beginning, ending, in parenthesis, in bold, whatever). That will let us know that you would like to be entered in the giveaway. You may still leave a comment, but if you’d like to be thought to win the publication, please remember to add “DMBooks.”

2. This week, you have until Friday, June 10 at noon PST to input. A valid email address is required to win.

4. The winner will be declared on Facebook and Twitter on Monday, June 13, so be sure you’re following us! We’ll also feature the winner at an upcoming blog post.

The contest is open to anybody, anywhere. Fantastic luck, Guide-Seekers!

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