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Type 1 Diabetes

A patient's guide to diabetes comes under scrutiny in this review.

A patient's guide to diabetes comes under scrutiny in this review.

Any book that comes with a recommendation by one of my all-time sporting heroes, Sir Steve Redgrave, must be worth a look!

This is not a medical textbook about type 1 diabetes but a book designed as a question and answer resource for patients and their carers, whether they are newly diagnosed or affected long term.

As the back cover announces, it gives practical answers to hundreds of real questions in easy to understand layman's terms.

It covers areas including what diabetes is, diet, lifestyle, insulin, monitoring and control before moving on to sections about living with diabetes, including sections on sport, driving, sex, contraception, pregnancy, the young and long-term complications.

Towards the end it gives useful addresses including self-help groups and a final chapter on vital information on what to do in emergencies such as a hypo.

Not one for the medical library but a book to recommend to your patients with type 1 diabetes or to put in your patient library if you have one.

Rating: 3.5/5

Dr Iain Henderson

Blood test for diabetes

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