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Know Your Numbers, Outlive Your Diabetes

Kimberly West, Doctor of Pharmacy Candidate, University of Florida College of Pharmacy recently reviewed Know Your Numbers, Outlive Your Diabetes written by Richard Jackson, MD and Amy Tenderich. To find out why she thought this would be an excellent resoue

Know Your Numbers, Outlive Your Diabetes
Reviewed by Kimberly West, Doctor of Pharmacy Candidate
University of Florida College of Pharmacy

Know Your Numbers, Outlive Your Diabetes: 5 Essential Health Factors You Can Master to Enjoy a Long and Healthy Life (Marlowe Diabetes Library)
‘Know Your Numbers, Outlive your diabetes’ is an informative book written by Richard Jackson, MD and Amy Tenderich. The book is a great place to start for newly diagnosed diabetes patients (both type 1 and type 2), and also serves as a good refresher for patients already living with this syndrome for some time. The following review is intended to inform readers of what to expect when reading this book, which is written with the goal of helping to enable patients living with diabetes to take control of their condition.

The authors have found an interesting way to present diabetes in a way that is not overwhelming for the average patient. They have rendered complex medical jargon easy to read. The book itself is less than 300 pages, and can be read in one sitting, or in multiple readings. Another strength of the book is that the authors describe diabetes-related experiences in the context of practical situations that everyone understands. For example, the authors suggest that patients look at their condition as if it were a bank account: good numbers mean you are wealthy, bad numbers mean you are in debt; this makes it easy to see the areas of your health that need a little more attention. A wonderful chart is provided that will be a great aid to patients. Like everything in life, there are always the “most important things” that need to be taken care of first. This book identifies the top five using easy to understand explanations: your A1C, your cholesterol levels, results from an annual eye exam, your annual micro-albumin results, and your blood pressure. This approach makes the book a great tool to learn, understand, and achieve your goals as a diabetic patient.

The authors mention that their information comes from clinical trials. Though these are not referenced, I found the information to be accurate. This book is targeted for the average person with diabetes who probably doesn’t completely understand the disease. It offers hope to patients who feel beaten or frustrated in coping. The authors offer strategies and ideas in most every area of diabetes. The book is divided into four sections, each containing multiple chapters. The first part appears to be the most useful as implied by its title: Getting a handle on your health. I personally encourage everyone to read the first 150 pages, and then to focus on the other chapters that are relevant to their personal situations. The other parts are titled: Part 2 Understanding your diabetic tools, Part 3 Under the hood, and Part 4 Long-term living with diabetes. The other three sections are useful, but only after reading and understanding Part 1. The other sections are great for answering specific questions, especially for patients who have been chronically living with diabetes. A few examples of questions answered in the book are: Will my children get diabetes, how did I get diabetes, what do I do when I am sick, and what to do when I travel? Overall the book is a wonderful starting place for both long term and newly diagnosed patients. It offers a large amount of information in an easily understood form that can be utilized by anyone.

Kim West has lived in Gainesville her entire life and has always been a Gator fan.
When asked why she became a pharmacist she said “Medicine runs in my blood, as my father is a professor in the college of medicine and my mother is a nurse. Since I was young I have always known that I wanted to attend the University of Florida and graduate with a health related degree. It wasn’t until my first year of college that I officially decided pharmacy was for me.” “I plan on continuing my career with Publix as a community pharmacist and my goal is to positively affect the community I work in as often as I can.”