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The Smart Woman's Guide to Diabetes

SKU# 9781936303137

Authentic Advice on Everything from Eating to Dating and Motherhood

Author: Amy Stockwell Mercer


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Of the 17 million Americans who have diabetes, approximately 9.3 of that number are women. And it appears that number of women with diabetes is increasing each year. Diabetes is particularly difficult for women in large part due to the hormonal changes associated with the menstrual cycle, changes that affect blood sugar levels. As a consequence women with diabetes have higher rates of chest pain, heart attack, coronary heart disease and stroke. And women with diabetes face special challenges.

The Smart Woman's Guide to Diabetes provides advice, tips, and research from a diverse community of women living with diabetes. It provides practical insight and references for the optimal management of diabetes from women living with the disease as well as doctors, nurses, nutritionists, and educators. Personal anecdotes from nearly one hundred women throughout the book reveal both the good and the bad of living with diabetes, including the frustration, sense of shame, sense of isolation as well as the capacity for strength and the opportunity for growth.

The Smart Woman's Guide to Diabetes lets you know that you are not alone but rather it will make you feel like you are sitting in your favorite coffee shop with your friends who share the same disease.

Special Features of Smart Woman's Guide to Diabetes include:

  • Personal anecdotes on a wide variety of topics are in every chapter
  • Authentic advice from women living with diabetes
  • Expert tips from female endocrinologists, educators, and nutritionists who are also living with diabetes
  • Comprehensive in scope this books examines all the challenges and issues women with diabetes face
  • Research and statistics are provided for each topic


Product Details 

  • Publication Date July 15, 2011
  • Page Count 256
  • Product Form Paperback / softback
  • ISBN 13 9781936303137
  • EISBN 9781617050701

Table of Contents 

"Foreword by Brandy Barnes
1. Diagnosis
2. Managing Adolescence
3. Diet
4. Eating Disorders and Body Image
5. Exercise
6. Dating, Sex, and Marriage
7. Working Girl: Diabetes at Work and School
8. Travel
9. Pregnancy
10. Motherhood
11. Aging Gracefully

Editorial Review(s) 

"We can’t think of a better researched guide to the nuanced life of a woman with diabetes than Amy Stockwell Mercer’s new book The Smart Woman’s Guide to Diabetes."—DiabetesMine

“This is not a very large book, but I was surprised how complete and comprehensive it is. It feels as if you are chatting with a group of friends who truly understand what it is like to live as a woman with diabetes and it does not get boring or become a chore to read. I highly recommend this one.”—Elizabeth Woolley, about.com Type 2 Diabetes Guide

“ Imparting critical information for diabetic women in pursuit of a healthy and fulfilling life, Mercer covers a range of topics, including finding the right medical team, gaining control through information and communication, managing adolescence, diet, and exercise. Special attention is given to eating disorders and body image; dating, sex, and marriage; pregnancy and motherhood; and telling others about one’s condition. An excellent resource for those seeking information about the impact of diabetes on women’s lives; the many personal stories lend warmth and accessibility.”—Library Journal

“Well worth a look…it presents a wide variety of experiences, viewpoints and approaches to diabetes management. This is the greatest strength of this book, making it of most use to recently diagnosed women (whatever stage of life they may be) who are trying to navigate unfamiliar thoughts, feelings and concerns about themselves, their health and their safety.”—Emily Coles, tu diabetes

“Amy Stockwell Mercer calls her new book, The Smart Woman’s Guide to Diabetes, a labor of love. It’s the result of interviews with scores of women from all walks of life. And it covers aspects of women’s lives ranging from eating to dating to raising children, all while coping with diabetes.”—Diabetes Forecast

“No matter what stage of life you are in, if you are a woman with diabetes, this book will help you navigate each stage with sound, practical advice from your peers with diabetes. If you are like me and you spent many years dreaming of having a friend with diabetes to talk to or relate to, this book will be your ‘ultimate girlfriend with diabetes."-From the Foreword by Brandy Barnes, Founder/CEO, DiabetesSisters

“Amy's book covers every aspect of being female and living with diabetes, beginning with a diagnosis at any age. She covers schooling, relationships, exercising, eating, traveling, pregnancy, parenting, menopause, and more. This great guide is packed with solid wisdom, advice, and guidance that will help any woman with this condition live a happier and healthier life.”—Cheryl Alkon, Author, Balancing Pregnancy With Pre-Existing Diabetes: Healthy Mom, Healthy Baby

“Having had type 1 diabetes for more than 25 years and having written 2 books on the subject, I enjoyed reading Amy Mercer’s book very much. It is well written and covers every aspect of living with diabetes across the life span from a woman’s perspective. I especially liked the chapters on diagnosis, pregnancy, travel, and aging gracefully. It is worth reading for women living with diabetes at whatever stage in life they are and for the family and friends who love them.”—Rita G. Mertig, MS, RNC, CNS, DE, Author, What Nurses Know…Diabetes and Guide to Teaching Diabetes Self-Management

"This book covers issues from initial diagnosis of diabetes through the various life stages and social issues women face. Because it is written from the perspective of women who have gone through the experience of living with diabetes, it has valuable insights into the unique needs of women with diabetes. The book is well written and provides credible and helpful information for women with diabetes. It addresses both physical and emotional issues and would be helpful for those newly diagnosed as well as those who have lived with diabetes for a longer time."-Doody's Reviews

"...a heaping dose of wisdom for dealing with diabetes on any front of one's life and living well through it all. Dealing with the many potential complications of life with grace and wisdom, The Smart Woman's Guide to Diabetes is a thoughtful and useful read for anyone making the most of their lives in spite of diabetes."-Midwest Book Review