Understanding Diabetes

Understanding Diabetes

Understanding Diabetes

Understanding Diabetes

Synopsis

Diabetes is one of the most common chronic medical disorders, and its incidence continues to rise. This book offers patients an overview of the disease and the latest treatment regimens. But unlike other books, it also explores the psychological aspects of the disease, focusing on the difficulty many people have in sticking to treatment regimens that typically include dietary restrictions, medication schedules, and frequent blood tests. Packed with insights and practical advice, it helps people understand why they behave the way they do, what's at stake, and how to motivate themselves to adhere to their recommended treatment.

Excerpt

Diabetes is one of the most common of the chronic medical disorders and is expected to present one of the twenty-first century's biggest medical challenges. The number of people with diabetes is escalating both in the UK and world wide and type 2 diabetes in particular is increasing at an alarming rate. Diabetes is also unique among the chronic illnesses in the degree to which patient behaviour influences both the application and outcomes of therapy. In diabetes, patients deliver over 95 per cent of their own care.

Diabetes and its consequences have a fundamental physical basis, but these are deeply intertwined with complex psychological issues. Such interrelationships are considerable, sometimes subtle and sometimes overwhelming. Awareness of these issues is crucial to enabling people with diabetes to lead a healthy and fulfilled life. Understanding Diabetes seeks to bridge the gap between the medical and psychological research on the self-care and management of diabetes in an easily accessible format and includes background information and practical guidelines on behavioural and psychological issues, emphasising personal experiences and outlining details of where further information can be found.

If you have just been diagnosed with diabetes, if you are already living with diabetes and want to find out more about it, if you are a parent, carer or friend of someone who has diabetes, or if you are interested in diabetes for some other reason, this book aims to help you. It will tell you about diabetes, its symptoms and associated problems, both physical and psychological, what causes it and how it can be treated and, importantly, how your own state of mind can help or hinder how you cope with it.

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