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Book Reviews

by Susan Blake, MS, RD, and Beth Howard

THE ULTIMATE CALORIE, CARB, & FAT GRAM COUNTER: Quick, Easy Meal Planning Using Counts for Your Favorite Foods
Published 2006 by American Diabetes Association
Author: Lea Ann Holzmeister, RD, CDE
Pages: 603; price: $9.95

This book is a comprehensive guide for anyone trying to lose weight, control diabetes, or simply eat healthier meals. Find calories, carbohydrates, fat grams, percentage of calories from fat, saturated fat, cholesterol, sodium, fiber and protein, as well as servings and exchanges for over 7,000 fresh, packaged, and restaurant foods.

This book describes four types of meal planning: (1) calorie counting; (2) carbohydrate counting; (3) fat gram counting and (4) food exchange systems.

Each chapter provides handy lists (i.e., beverages, bread, etc.) and the chapters are organized alphabetically. The book is very easy to use by people with a variety of lifestyles and eating habits.

Author: Dr. Marshall Chazen
Published 2004 by Management Advantage
Pages: 391; price: $24.95

This book aims to educate and entertain, and is written from the perspective of an individual with diabetes, not a medical doctor. In this book, Dr. Chazen writes from both research and personal experience, with a light-hearted touch. The author describes both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes, medications and treatments, and the overall effects of diabetes on organs and mental health. He also discusses ways to control and slow down this disease, and even ways to prevent it.

As a diabetic, I found this book to be very informative, in spite of the fact that it is an easy read. As emphasized in the closing chapter, paying attention to this disease can help us save our kidneys, eyes, hearts, limbs and even our lives. Dr. Chazen’s experiences, research and recommendations can help any diabetic do just that.

Published 2006 by American Diabetes Association
Authors: Laura Hieronymus, M.Ed. and Patti Geil, MS RD.
Pages: 124; price: $14.95

Can we raise healthy kids who have diabetes? Of course! This essential book tells how children with diabetes can be happy and healthy! This resource helps you teach your children the facts, responsibilities, and good attitudes about diabetes while they are young.

The book is simple to use, and easy to read. Chapters cover babyhood, toddlers, school-age and teen concerns. The book addresses medical, emotional and lifestyle issues. Learn about hypoglycemic treatment for babies, snack ideas for fussy eaters, and strategies for active school-age children and teen athletes. Tips include how to teach children about self-management and blood glucose monitoring. The index, terms, and explanation of diabetes are also helpful.

This book is a marvelous guide for families and support groups.

It is a hopeful, helpful book for talking about health, eating, activity, and the self-care essential to life long diabetes control. Read the 101 Tips and raise your child with more ease and confidence.