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Diabetes-how to help : your complete guide to caring for a loved one with diabetes / Gary Scheiner, Diane Herbert.
Publication Information:
Arlington, VA : American Diabetes Association, [2018]

Physical Description:
xi, 220 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
What kind of support person are you? -- Knowledge is power -- The art, science and other of diabetes management -- Let's collaborate -- Resource guide.
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616.462 SCH Book Adult General Collection

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Living with diabetes is complicated and challenging. In addition to a multitude of daily tasks and decisions, managing diabetes requires appropriate support from those surrounding the person with diabetes: partners, family members, friends, co-workers, and caregivers. Most aspects of diabetes care/treatment focus on the patient. There are dozens of books and online resources designed specifically for the person with diabetes, but very few that address the needs and interests of theirsupport network. This leaves the vast majority of caregivers in a quandary regarding their role. Many are under-educated on diabetes and its management, and most are unsure of where their involvement begins and ends.

Diabetes: How to Help is intended to fill the void that currently exists in the publishing marketplace. It will address both knowledge deficits and emotional needs of the caregiver community.

Author Notes

Gary Scheiner, MS, CDE, is the owner and Clinical Director of Integrated Diabetes Services, a practice located just outside of Philadelphia, PA, that specializes in intensive insulin therapy and advanced education for children and adults. Gary has been a certified diabetes educator for 24 years and has had type 1 diabetes for 33 years. He was named the 2014 AADE Diabetes Educator of the Year and is author of six books, including Think Like A Pancreas: A Practical Guide to Managing Diabetes with insulin.
Diane Herbert, MSS, LSW, CFM, CDE, is a licensed medical social worker and certified diabetes educator. Diane has held executive positions in business development, strategy, and program management. Currently, she serves as Vice President, Clinical Services, for Livongo, a consumer digital health company empowering people with chronic conditions. Additionally, she maintains a private practice working with adolescents and families living with type 1 diabetes. Diane is an advocate for people with diabetes and frequently speaks and writes on topics related to diabetes and child development, transition of care, and the intersection of emotional and physical health.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. vii
About the Authorsp. ix
Introductionp. 1
Chapter 1 What Kind of Support Person Are You?p. 3
For Spouses and Partnersp. 3
For Parentsp. 6
For Siblingsp. 29
For Extended Familyp. 35
For Friendsp. 35
For Kids with a Parent Who Has Diabetesp. 36
For School Nursesp. 38
Chapter 2 Knowledge Is Powerp. 43
Di-a-What? (Diabetes Defined)p. 44
What Type Are You?p. 46
Why Bother?p. 53
The Balancing Actp. 55
Chapter 3 The Art, Science, and Emotion of Diabetes Managementp. 73
Diagnosis and Griefp. 73
What's Your Diabetes Emotional Health?p. 76
Psychological Risksp. 79
Stress: A Shared Realityp. 80
Finding Communityp. 87
How Can You Help?p. 88
Hello-What About You?p. 90
Strategies to Combat Caregiver Fatiguep. 92
When Is It More than Burnout?p. 97
Chapter 4 Laying the Groundwork for a Strong Relationshipp. 107
Diabetes and Relationships: Real Quotes from Real Peoplep. 108
Communication and Supportp. 109
Honey, Where's My ...? (Getting Organized)p. 121
Chapter 5 Eat, Drink, and Be Merryp. 133
Nutrition Fundamentalsp. 134
Meal Planning: Pulling It All Togetherp. 136
Food and Emotionsp. 145
Dining Outp. 156
Alcohol and Diabetesp. 158
Chapter 6 Day-to-Day Challenges of Living with Diabetesp. 161
Pattern Managementp. 161
Sexual Intimacyp. 168
Traveling with Diabetesp. 170
Dealing with Sick Daysp. 174
Physical Activityp. 177
Chapter 7 Dealing with the Highs and Lowsp. 181
Hypoglycemia (Low Blood Glucose)p. 181
Managing High Blood Glucose Levelsp. 191
Chapter 8 Resource Guidep. 195
Technologies, Tools, and Appsp. 195
Professional Resourcesp. 198
Personal Resourcesp. 200
Financial Resourcesp. 204
Indexp. 209
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