Book Description

Discover how to manage diabetes for a healthier and happier life!

Written for anyone diagnosed with type 2 diabetes (and for anyone who loves someone with diabetes), Managing Type 2 Diabetes For Dummies is an essential guide to understanding the effects of diabetes and knowing what steps to take to successfully manage this chronic illness. Diabetes can lead to serious complications but people with diabetes can control the condition and lower the risk of its many complications. This is your easy-to-understand guide that shows you how. Under the direction of The American Diabetes Association, Managing Type 2 Diabetes For Dummies gives hope to the one in 11 people in the United States who are affected by the disease.

Written in simple-to-understand terms, Managing Type 2 Diabetes For Dummies is filled with a wealth of expert advice and includes the most current information on recent medical advances for treatment. Improperly managed diabetes and consistently high blood glucose levels can lead to serious diseases affecting the heart and blood vessels, eyes, kidneys, nerves, and teeth. With the authorities at the American Diabetes Association on your side, you will have a practical handbook for preventing complications and managing diabetes with confidence!

  • Prevent and manage the complications of the disease
  • Combat diabetes-related anxiety and depression
  • Lead a healthy life with type 2 diabetes

Tap into the better living “rules of the road” with Managing Type 2 Diabetes For Dummies. By modifying your diet, consulting with your doctors, staying active, and understanding what medications are right for you, you will be on the path to a happier and healthier lifestyle.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
    1. Cover
    2. Introduction
      1. About This Book
      2. Foolish Assumptions
      3. Icons Used in This Book
      4. Beyond the Book
      5. Where to Go from Here
    3. Part 1: Getting Started with Diabetes
      1. Chapter 1: Type 2 Diabetes: The Basics
        1. What Exactly Is Diabetes?
        2. Different Types of Diabetes
        3. How Is Diabetes Diagnosed?
        4. Understanding Risk Factors
        5. Who Else Has Diabetes?
      2. Chapter 2: Where Do I Begin?
        1. Taking Care of Yourself
        2. Managing Your Diabetes
    4. Part 2: Your Healthcare Team and Medications
      1. Chapter 3: Putting Together Your Healthcare Team
        1. Starting with a Diabetes Care Provider
        2. Adding a Certified Diabetes Educator
        3. Seeing Other Specialists
      2. Chapter 4: Your Checkups
        1. What to Expect in a Checkup
        2. Making Time for a Yearly Eye Exam
        3. Your Checkup Schedule in a Nutshell
        4. What to Bring with You
        5. Communicating like a Pro
      3. Chapter 5: Diabetes Education Classes
        1. Getting Informed about Diabetes Education
        2. Knowing What to Expect
        3. Investigating Insurance Coverage for the Cost of Classes
      4. Chapter 6: Medications and Surgery
        1. Why Do I Need to Take Medication?
        2. Pills for Type 2 Diabetes
        3. Injected Medications for Type 2 Diabetes (Besides Insulin)
        4. All About Insulin
        5. Being Cautious with Other Medications
        6. Surgery for Type 2 Diabetes
    5. Part 3: Checking Blood Glucose and Reducing Complications
      1. Chapter 7: Checking Your Blood Glucose
        1. Why, When, and How to Check Your Blood Glucose Level
        2. Blood Glucose Meters and Accessories
        3. Keeping Track of Data
      2. Chapter 8: Keeping Complications in Check
        1. Looking Out for Lows
        2. Heading Off Highs
        3. Maintaining a Healthy Heart and Brain
        4. Feeling Good in Your Skin
        5. Keeping Your Mouth in Tip-Top Shape
        6. Focusing on Your Eyes
        7. Putting Your Best Foot Forward
        8. Healthy Nerves All Over Your Body
        9. Taking Care of Your Kidneys
        10. Coping with Burnout, Stress, and Depression
        11. Tuning In to Your Sexual Health
      3. Chapter 9: Women and Type 2 Diabetes
        1. Being Mindful of Menstrual Cycles
        2. Healthy Mom, Healthy Baby
        3. Menopause Can Throw You for a Loop
        4. What Every Woman with Diabetes Should Know
      4. Chapter 10: Men and Type 2 Diabetes
        1. Addressing Erectile Dysfunction
        2. Tackling the Problem of Low Testosterone
        3. Focusing on Emotional and Sexual Health
        4. Paying Attention to Heart Health
    6. Part 4: Eating Healthy and Staying Active
      1. Chapter 11: Brushing Up on Nutrition and Food Basics
        1. Knowing the Difference a Dietitian Can Make
        2. Calories Count
        3. Nutrients: Carbohydrates, Protein, and Fat
        4. Carbohydrates 101
        5. Proteins 101
        6. Fats 101
        7. Finding Nutrition Facts on Food Labels
        8. A Little Salt Goes a Long Way
        9. Satisfying Your Thirst
      2. Chapter 12: Planning Healthy Meals
        1. Considering Your Goals
        2. Eating a Variety of Wholesome, Nutritious Foods
        3. Dishing Up Ideal Portions
        4. Meal Plans That Work for You
        5. Intro to Carbohydrate Counting
        6. Planning, Shopping, and Cooking Smart
        7. Tempting Your Taste Buds with Nutritious Nibbles
        8. Eating Out with Confidence
        9. Celebrating Holidays and Special Occasions
      3. Chapter 13: Amping Up Your Exercise
        1. 1, 2, 3: Counting the Many Benefits of Exercise
        2. First Steps to Physical Activity
        3. Considering Different Types of Exercise
        4. Completing a Well-Rounded Workout: Warm Up, Work Out, Cool Down
        5. Motivators to Keep You Going
    7. Part 5: Finding Support
      1. Chapter 14: Managing Your Emotions and Mental Health
        1. Getting in Touch with How You Feel
        2. Facing Feelings of Anger and Denial
        3. Managing Stress
        4. Recognizing Diabetes Distress and Burnout
        5. Looking at Depression and Anxiety Disorders
        6. Reaching Out to Others
        7. Being Kind to Yourself
      2. Chapter 15: Getting Support, Giving Support
        1. Turning to Your Family for Support
        2. Tips for Caregivers and Spouses
      3. Chapter 16: Raising Children and Teens with Type 2 Diabetes
        1. Seeing How Type 2 Diabetes Is Different in Children and Teens
        2. Helping Your Child or Teen Manage Her Condition
        3. Acknowledging Challenges that Teens Face
      4. Chapter 17: Debunking Diabetes Myths
        1. Myth 1: Eating Too Much Sugar Causes Diabetes
        2. Myth 2: People with Diabetes Can’t Eat Sweets and Chocolate
        3. Myth 3: People with Diabetes Should Eat Special Diabetic Foods
        4. Myth 4: People with Diabetes Are More Likely to Get a Cold or the Flu
        5. Myth 5: You’ve Failed If Your Doctor Says You Need to Start Taking Insulin
        6. Myth 6: Diabetes Is Not That Serious of a Disease
    8. Part 6: Standing Up for Yourself
      1. Chapter 18: Navigating Health Insurance and Other Healthcare Scenarios
        1. Protecting People with Diabetes
        2. Understanding Health Insurance: Employer, Government, and Individual
        3. Asking the Right Questions
        4. Finding Help for People Who Don’t Have Insurance
        5. Anticipating Other Healthcare Scenarios
      2. Chapter 19: Knowing Your Rights
        1. Diabetes in the Workplace
        2. Your Child with Diabetes at School
        3. Planning Ahead for Travel
        4. Ensuring Safety while Driving
    9. Part 7: The Part of Tens
      1. Chapter 20: Ten Fun Ways to Work Out for People Who Hate to Exercise
        1. Get a Buddy
        2. Play like a Kid
        3. Start Walking
        4. There’s an App (or Video) for That
        5. Turn Up the Volume
        6. Think Positive
        7. Volunteer to Help Someone Else
        8. Sign Up for a Walk to Raise Money
        9. Set Realistic and Practical Goals
        10. Just Dance
      2. Chapter 21: Ten (Or So) Things to Do for Your Eyes
        1. Keep Your Blood Glucose in Control
        2. Lower Your Blood Pressure and Cholesterol
        3. Stop Smoking or Never Start
        4. Be Aware of Major Eye Diseases
        5. Get Regular Dilated Eye Exams
        6. Get the Treatment You Need
        7. Consider Your Eyes during Pregnancy
        8. Assess Your Risk Factors
    10. Glossary
    11. About the Author
    12. Advertisement Page
    13. Connect with Dummies
    14. End User License Agreement