For the past 2 years Dr. Sheri Colberg, Ph.D., FACSM has been helping us work with our diabetes patients, with her bi-weekly articles. She recently teamed up with Dr. Steven Edelman, to write 50 Secrets of the Longest Living People with Diabetes. Kimberly Stultz, Doctor of Pharmacy Candidate University of Florida, has spent time with the book and has a great review for you to share with your patients.
“50 Secrets of the Longest Living People with Diabetes”
Kimberly Stultz, Doctor of Pharmacy Candidate University of Florida
Living with diabetes may feel like a losing battle at times, but there are simple strategies you can incorporate into your life that will help you to take back control. These strategies are explored in the new book titled 50 Secrets of the Longest Living People with Diabetes by Dr. Sheri Colberg and Dr. Steven Edelman. Their inspirational book offers the unique perspective of over fifty people who have successfully managed their diabetes for several decades.
The authors begin by sharing several uplifting success stories of people who have lived well into their 80’s…and surprisingly their quality of life has not suffered. This will open your mind to the possibility of achieving a long, healthy, and happy life with diabetes. The book then goes on to provide helpful insights for proper nutrition, exercise, medication, and even introduces the latest technology. The authors also discuss how to get the proper support from family and friends. This can be your key to overcoming depression and discouragement. One person described the support as having “angels all around.”
The 50 Secrets are organized into an easy-to-read format that outlines related topics together. Because of this, it is a book that can be read (and re-read) in small portions at a time depending on which topics are of most interest to you. For example, if you struggle the most with managing your diet, then focus on the 27 pages dedicated to Dietary Secrets. You may be surprised to learn that there are 12 free websites to help you become more nutrition savvy. Or maybe you struggle most with diabetic medication? Then you’ll be enlightened by the 35 pages discussing Medication and Technology Secrets. In this section, you’ll find out how each type of insulin and oral medication works in your body. You can also discover when it is best to check your blood glucose level, compare various insulin pumps on the market, and learn about clinical trials that are researching the latest diabetic treatments.
This review would not be fair if I didn’t warn you that most of these secrets are common sense, but I’m certain everyone will come across at least one strategy that is enlightening. For me, the most enlightening secret was to Always Expect the Unexpected When You Travel. I’ve never really thought about how to travel safely with syringes and why it’s important to bring twice as much medication as you would normally use, as well as appropriate snacks to avoid dangerous lows.
In the end, it is the sum of all these secrets that will leave you feeling empowered to control your diabetes – and maybe that’s the greatest secret of them all. So if you are a newly diagnosed diabetic, discouraged about managing your diabetes, or perhaps just need a fresh outlook on living with diabetes…then this book was written for you.
University of Florida
May 29, 2008