The First Year: Type 2 Diabetes: An Essential Guide for the Newly Diagnosed

After Gretchen Becker was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in 1996, she educated herself on every aspect of this chronic condition — by reading medical and scientific books and journals, talking with doctors and listening to her own body. In 2001, she marshaled everything she had learned as a “patient-expert” into the first edition of this book, which she has now completely updated and revised. The First Year®—Type 2 Diabetes uniquely guides you step-by-step through your first year with diabetes, walking you through everything you need to learn and do each day of your first week after diagnosis, each subsequent week of the first month, and each subsequent month of the crucial first year. In clear, concise, accessible language, Becker covers a wide range of practical, medical, and lifestyle issues, beginning with coming to terms with your diagnosis and then moving on to subjects including: Choosing the diet that is best for you The role of exercise Daily blood-glucose testing routines and understanding lab tests Medications and supplements Networking with others Insurance issues Traveling and socializing

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3 comments for “The First Year: Type 2 Diabetes: An Essential Guide for the Newly Diagnosed

  1. Wayne Cannon "Wayne"
    December 10, 2012 at 8:11 PM

    Wonderfully Easy to Read and Educational Book You won’t regret getting this book!

  2. K. Pierce
    December 11, 2012 at 2:27 AM

    Not JUST for the NEWLY diagnosed! I have been dealing with my Type 2 diabetes for about 5 years and I recently ordered this book ..and I learned more from it than from anywhere since I was diagnosed. This is a clear, accurate, and extremely informative book. I go back and re read parts of it often and it has really made a big difference for me.. This is a disease that is difficult to understand correctly, even if you have had it a while, like I have. The up-to-date research behind this book is obvious and it is presented in a truly intelligent and articulate manner. Ms. Becker totally understands type 2 diabetes, and has been extremely helpful in my understanding of it too. How I wish I had had this book when I was first diagnosed – even just the title of the first chapter “It’s not your fault” is so important – it allowed me to let go of some of the guilt and self reproach I had. No one ever told me that before! This book is *essential* for all newly diagnosed Type 2′s and for the NOT SO NEWLY diagnosed too! You will have a whole new understanding of type 2 diabetes as well as empathetic support and clear information about how to help manage your diabetes. A great book!

  3. Calico Cat Lover "Cathy"
    December 11, 2012 at 2:32 AM

    Highly recommended for all newly diagnosed Having just learned that I have type 2 diabetes, I couldn’t ask for a better book to refer to than THE FIRST YEAR. The book is written from the first days, weeks, and months and the order is perfect for what (at least) I have been going through. Becker understands that the reader doesn’t really want to get too deep in details about the illness but tells enough that anyone can get a better picture as to what is going on with their body.

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