The new book, “Thriving with Diabetes” provides strategies for self-management and life

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First, I have to congratulate my friend, David Edelman, who now has a book to add to his list of diabetes-advocate credits. The book is Thriving with Diabetes, which he wrote with MD Paul Rosman. It offers new strategies to better manage your blood sugar.

David’s other credits include founder of DiabetesDaily.com, one of the largest diabetes social media communities/magazine, advising Dario, the glucose meter and technologies company, and being great company in Dubai. David is on the left.

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Thriving with Diabetes is a refreshing combination of science –  how our body works and how it affects blood sugar – and counsel from a doctor, as well as illustrative patient stories and Edelman’s wealth of diabetes information and level-headedness. You will better understand what influences your blood sugars and discover ways to modify your behavior to improve them.

While there’s not new information here about diabetes itself, the book offers strategies and a mindset for self-management that are new. With them, you will have the capability to more easily and regularly keep your blood sugar where you want it to be. One such strategy is, “Use your best to fix the rest” – look at what’s working, what you’re doing well, and what bumped you off the track. Then adjust, in small steps, what caused the bump.

The writing is clear, easy to read and conversational and unlike most diabetes books, the last third of the book is about thriving with diabetes and living a better quality of life. You’ll learn how to build more positive habits, work more productively with your health team, recognize if/when you need emotional help and what to do and you’ll find my own two page contribution on how to flourish with diabetes.

For a taste –

“In chronic illness we talk about ‘coping,’” says Greenberg. “Yet coping depicts struggle, not doing well. Coping, as a strategy for living with diabetes, focuses on what’s not working and then tries to fix those things.

Conversely, a flourishing approach shifts your attention to what is already working and highlights your strengths. In addition, your focus is on what you want, a healthy, happy life, not on what you don’t want, complications.

You move from seeing perceived loss to what might be gained. You don’t beat yourself up for mistakes, but appreciate your efforts.” This is the emotional health equivalent of Use Your Best to Fix the Rest! Accept your successes and work on expanding them…

I love that Rosman and Edelman admit and acknowledge the complexity of managing diabetes and blood sugar, thank you very much. Kudos David and Dr. Rosman and thanks for bringing some new ways to help people manage their diabetes and live healthier, happier lives.

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