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Diabetes for Dummies
Alan L. Rubin
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Diabetes for Dummies

3.46 of 5 stars 3.46  ·  rating details  ·  234 ratings  ·  25 reviews
The straight facts on treating diabetes successfullyWith diabetes now considered pandemic throughout the world, there have been an enormous advances in the field since the last edition of "Diabetes For Dummies." Now significantly revised and updated, it includes the latest information on medications and monitoring equipment, updated diet and exercise plans, new findings ab ...more
ebook, 408 pages
Published August 9th 2012 by For Dummies (first published 1999)
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Iona  Stewart
This is the second worst book on diabetes I've read. (I see that the worst book has got good reviews on, and is not available on I myself have reviewed it on Facebook.)

After much consideration I've given the book presently under review two stars (at first I wanted to give it only one). It gets the two stars for the vast amount of medical information given, though as it is written by two traditional doctors, this is traditional information, much of it in my view erroneous
My husband was diagnosed about a month and a half ago. I was aware of a family history of diabetes, but I did not realize that this disease would visit us this young (we are in our mid-40s). This book was an excellent introduction to all things diabetes. The author's humor at times gets old, but if the reader can overlook that, it's a worthy read, especially for those impacted by diabetes. I bought another copy to share with one of my relatives who has diabetes. I was able to share with my child ...more
Not a book I read because I wanted to, but because I needed to. Found out I was pre-diabetic and hadn't a clue what any of that meant. The information in the book was accessible, at a level I could understand without needing prior knowledge, and helped give me some idea of what next steps I should look into taking.
A great launching point if you or someone you know wants an introduction to diabetes.
This is an awesome up to date reference if you have diabetes - or even if you don't. With the huge increase in diabetes cases. Around the world, you can prevent or slow down systems in your self or understand what's going on when a loved one or friend is diagnosed. Reading this book helped me so much!
I don't really know if this is a good book or not. As a person whom does not know a thing about diabetes I can say that it brought light to me. I think it gives basic knowledge, good enough to start taking care of myself.
Really great tips of all kinds in this book. As just one example, this was the first place I've seen an explanation for how soon to exercise after eating (for blood sugar)! A must read for diabetics and pre-diabetics!
Helen Ingram
Nice introduction to diabetes. Not a book to read page by page. It has pin pointers for the newly diagnosed person to take note.
Mark Warren


The information in this book is problematic: the information may be outdated although I can't be certain of that; but I found the information to be inadequate. The difference between Type I and Type II diabetes leaves a lot of muddy or grey area. The information is better than nothing but I would consult a variety of sources for more information. A dietician may lean towards a more food related instruction; a physician may focus more on pills and insulin instruction -- pr
It was probably an informative book that is the best for someone who is not personally diagnosed with diabetes and knows nothing about it. If you have been diagnosed with it I think that it lacks a bunch of information and isn't particularly reliably up to date with the most recent medical opinions regarding such illnesses, but that being said if you know someone or have a family member that has recently been diagnosed and need to get to know the basics about it then this is the book for you.
Doc Kinne
As with all Dummies books this was a good introduction to the topic. It was broad and complete. I think my own issue is that the drug overview chapters caused me to get a big glassy-eyed.
I learned a few things from this book, but not a lot. My father is a type 2 diabetic, so I had already learned much of the content, from his experience. It is probably a good book for someone with no previous knowledge of diabetes.
This is a quick and handy reference book forr people who have been diagnosed with Type 1or 2 diabetes. I found it really helpful because it answered several questions I had wondered about after meeting with a dietician.
JParsons1974 Parsons
This book gives the reader the basics on this condition. The information is understandable. It does concisely debunk medical myths about diabetes treatment. I wish the book would do the exercising for me.
Sep 20, 2009 Braden marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
This was a good book because i didnt know anything about diabetes now i shows how important diabetes is. It gives you good ways on how to moniter your diabetes.
Unfortunately, I knew everything in it. It is the same stuff rehashed over and over again. I would have been better off just sticking with Google.
I agree with Iona. If we followed this book, my husband would be in the ER with high sugar glucose.
Sandy thyer
Informative but I wanted more nutritional info. I'm sure it's out there somewhere.
Scott Gillespie
Not particularly exciting but reading this has helped me to help my mom.
Helpful and easy to read. Just what it says, "for dummies." :)
This book was informative, but not as helpful as I had wished.
A good place to start for a new diabetic.
Very informational.
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orina. Fue así como los romanos descubrieron que la orina de algunas
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