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Every Woman's Guide to Diabetes

Every Woman's Guide to Diabetes

What You Need to Know to Lower Your Risk and Beat the Odds

Stephanie A. Eisenstat, M.D., Ellen Barlow

ISBN 9780674027282

Publication date: 04/30/2008

Women have long needed a book devoted to their unique issues with diabetes. This up-to-date and practical guide advocates simple lifestyle changes that can help women reduce their risk of getting diabetes or, if already diagnosed, prevent the disease’s most serious complications. Every Woman’s Guide to Diabetes translates the latest findings from diabetes research into proven strategies busy women can use to stay healthy and gain control over an often overwhelming disease. The authors discuss the nature of diabetes, helping readers through the complex medical decisions involved in diabetes treatment. They highlight strategies to decrease the emotional stress and social isolation that often accompany diagnosis, and offer everyday techniques for managing blood sugar.

Key features include:

— Unique aspects of diabetes for women throughout the life cycle
— Timetable of recommended tests and check-ups
— Guide to medications with common dosages
— Charts to help organize diabetes-care tasks and supplies
— Time-management tips for better disease regulation
— Guide to contraceptives available to women with diabetes
— Review of issues critical to women before, during, and following pregnancy
— Advice for overcoming barriers to weight loss and exercise
— Plan for intelligent diet trade-offs while still enjoying meals
— Practical tips for planning exercise
— Strategies to avoid diabetes “burn-out”

Written by two physicians (one of whom is a woman living with diabetes) and an experienced medical writer, Every Woman’s Guide to Diabetes recognizes the power that women have in their households to effect lifestyle changes that will benefit themselves and loved ones, including their mothers, daughters, sisters, and partners. This power can reduce the toll of the diabetes epidemic.


  • A sympathetic portrait of the myriad medical and psychosocial considerations that must be navigated for women to maintain healthy glucose levels and optimal quality of life. Focusing primarily on Type 2 diabetes, [the authors] describe risk factors and gender and ethnic-specific conditions that influence progression of the disease. Because much damage (nerve, cardiovascular, kidney, retinal and dental) is done before symptoms appear, the authors stress early diagnosis and intensive management of glucose levels. Testing and monitoring methods, types of insulin and other medications, dietary strategies and daily schedules are presented clearly with charts, tables and lists for easy access. There are helpful sections on the effects of stress, illness, hormonal fluctuations and aging, as well as a discussion of gestational diabetes as it affects women with Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes.

    —Publishers Weekly


  • Stephanie A. Eisenstat, M.D., is an internist with Women’s Health Associates at Massachusetts General Hospital and Assistant Professor of Medicine and Scholar at The Academy, Harvard Medical School. She directs a course for physicians in training, Trauma and Injury Control, and is coeditor, with Dr. Karen Carlson, of Primary Care of Women, one of the first medical textbooks devoted to the emerging specialty of women’s primary care.
  • David M. Nathan, M.D., is Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Director of the Diabetes Center at Massachusetts General Hospital. He is the author of Beating Diabetes (Harvard Medical School Books).
  • Ellen Barlow is a medical writer and owner of Barlow Communications.

Book Details

  • 320 pages
  • 6 x 9 inches
  • Harvard University Press
  • Consultant editor David M. Nathan, M.D.