Diabetes & Wellbeing – book review

Posted on by Mark

Diabetes and Well-Being by Dr Jen Nash
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell

There must be hundreds of books published every year about diabetes but among the many, this one is unique.

If you want to learn about:
•    How to diagnose diabetes
•    The side effects of metformin
•    How to start a patient on insulin

…don’t look in this book.

But, if you are wondering why, after the splendid advice you gave to Mrs Bloggs, her weight remains steadfastly at 18 stone or why Mr Jones’ wife continues to feed him three doughnuts a day when he has developed diabetes then this is exactly the book for you.

The book is subtitled “Managing the Psychological and Emotional Challenges of Diabetes Types 1 and 2” and that is exactly what it does.

The author has Type 1 diabetes and so has gone through all the problems of anger, depression, worry, relationships and setbacks herself.  She knows exactly what she is talking about and has the rare gift of being able to put it into print.

It is excellently written and easy to follow.  You can either read it from cover to cover or pick out the relevant bits as necessary.  It is also equally valuable for both patients and professionals.

Just to take one example.  One of the most difficult problems to tackle in diabetes is sexual dysfunction both in men and women.  The author outlines the problems and then has some really practical advice on how to deal with them.

Buy the book and read it for yourself.

Heartily recommended.