Diabetes Forecast

Handbook for Health

A guide to the first year after a diabetes diagnosis

By A. Kate Harsh ,

Imagine—or remember—waking up the morning after your diagnosis of diabetes. You've been told you need to change your life. But where do you even begin? By taking it one step at a time, says Theresa Garnero, APRN, BC-ADM, MSN, CDE, author of a new book from the American Diabetes Association, Your First Year With Diabetes: What to Do, Month by Month.

"There are a plethora of books about self-care behaviors … but there isn't anything that takes the hand of the reader and goes day by day through their diabetes management," says Garnero. Beginning with day one, this guide follows the reader week by week and month by month for an entire year, offering advice, helpful tips and tricks, and most importantly, encouragement.

The book addresses important subjects like nutrition, exercise, and wellness, as well as other less-talked-about aspects like sex, pain management, and drug and alcohol use. For example, month 1, day 11 takes on the topic of foot care and includes tips on finding comfortable shoes, getting pedicures, and taking walks. In month 6, week 3, Garnero describes "Finding Insulin Harmony," by out­lining insulin delivery options and describing syringe use.

Garnero stresses that one of the most important components of her book is promoting positive thinking. Garnero works with her patients to help them discover the positive benefits humor can have on their diabetes management. "[Humor] helps to give people a perspective," says Garnero. "And I want to inspire readers and give them the tools to manage this disease."



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