Check out Hope Warshaw’s latest book about living with diabetes:
Hope Warshaw, MMSc, RD, CDE, BC-ADM, is a nationally recognized dietitian and certified diabetes educator. She is a contributing editor for Diabetic Living, published by Better Homes and Gardens, and has authored numerous books about diabetes for the American Diabetes Association. Her latest book, for ADA, Real-Life Guide to Diabetes, co-authored with her nurse diabetes educator colleague Joy Pape, RN, BSN, CDE, WOCN, CFCN, takes a realistic approach to managing the daily challenges of living with diabetes. Fully illustrated and filled with charts, drawing and photographs, Real-Life Guide to Diabetes is readable, informative and honest. The book is written for men and women with type 1 and type 2 diabetes; chapters include information about finding support, medications, exercise, healthy eating, stress, sexual health, travel and much more. The authors make a point of dispelling the myths surrounding diabetes and shining a light on the importance of empowerment, and taking ownership of your disease.
They write, “A successful self-care plan doesn’t aim for perfection, but tries to find a balance between the demands of one’s life-work, family, time constraints, financial concerns, other medical conditions, etc.-with the demands of one’s disease.”
In her blog (www.hopewarshaw.com) Warshaw encourages people with diabetes to seek support. She writes,
“A key, yet woefully underreported, conclusion to many health behavior change studies in the areas of weight, diabetes and/or blood pressure management; point to the importance of consistent and continuous support over time. This has evolved to be an essential component to help people achieve their health goals and support their efforts to continue practicing new found healthy lifestyle behaviors.
The big dilemma however, is how can the critically important support be delivered in a clinically-, cost-, and time-efficient and effective manner? Our healthcare system doesn’t seem able to support delivery of these costly and time-intensive services in person. The answer may well lie in the wonderful world of modern technology tool – THE INTERNET.”
Real-Life Guide speaks honestly to readers about the challenges of managing a chronic illness and encourages people with diabetes not to go it alone.