3 Great New Books reviewed: Cheating Destiny, The Ultimate Guide to Accurate Carb Counting and Know Your Numbers, Outlive your Diabetes
Cheating Destiny, by James S. Hirsch, is a gripping, can’t-put-it-down book that happens to be about diabetes.
Mr. Hirsch and his brother both have type 1 diabetes, and threading through the fascinating historical narrative is the story of his own young son’s diagnosis with type 1, as well as the characters and controversies that dominate diabetes today.
It’s a wonderful book that has enough sweeping drama and compelling characters to rival fiction, but still provides an excellent overview of the current state of diabetes.
The Ultimate Guide to Accurate Carb Counting
The Ultimate Guide to Accurate Carb Counting is just that, no more and no less. With absolute clarity, in a good-natured tone and without skipping any steps, Gary Scheiner, MS, CDE, explains exactly how and why to count carbs, how to interpret a food label, and how to tally the carbs in your own recipes.
There are fun quizzes, estimation tools and tricks, and a ton of carb listings for basic foods and restaurant offerings. If you’re new to carb counting and feel buffaloed by the whole idea, then this could be the book for you. Gary Scheiner’s Web site is www.integrateddiabetes.com.
Know Your Numbers, Outlive your Diabetes
Diabetes, unlike most others, is a disease of control. Control this, control that – sometimes you’ve got so many balls in the air and on the ground that you’re just snowed: you don’t know what to concentrate on. Or you know there are things you should be worrying about, but you don’t know what – you’ve been told you have “a little bit of the sugar,” but what’s that mean? What are you supposed to do?
If that sounds like you, then Know Your Numbers, Outlive Your Diabetes by Richard Jackson, MD, and Amy Tenderich, is your book. It cuts away the extraneous stuff and lays bare the essentials: There are five, and only five, critical numbers that you need to worry about. If you keep these five numbers where they should be, you’ll outlive your diabetes and prosper in good health. And the big five are: A1Cs; blood pressure; lipid levels (HDL and LDL cholesterol, triglycerides); microalbumin levels; and eye exam scores.
By tracking these five critical numbers, you can plot where you’re going and where you’re starting from. The book shows you how to prioritize your efforts, and it stops you from worrying about side issues that aren’t affecting your numbers right now. The authors wrote the book as a “comprehensive, hands-on guide to successfully managing your own health,” and that’s what it is. After it gets your priorities squared away, it covers just about everything you need to know, from A to Z.