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Book Review: Know Your Numbers, Outlive Your Diabetes

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Updated February 06, 2007

Book Review: Know Your Numbers, Outlive Your Diabetes

The Bottom Line

The book Know Your Numbers, Outlive Your Diabetes will teach you to reduce the risk of complications by taking control of these five key elements: A1C, blood pressure, lipids, microalbumin, and regular eye exams. These tests are the cornerstones of good diabetes management. Knowing how you stand on these five basics and doing your best to keep the numbers in a good range, will help you live a "long and healthy" life with diabetes.


  • Gives a comprehensive gameplan for managing the five most important areas of diabetes management
  • Outlines the tests you need and tells you why they're important
  • Gives you the science behind the numbers in easy to understand language
  • Gives you the tools to bring your test results into the range you need.
  • Gives additional advice about nutrition, exercise, medications, and much, much more.


  • Cons? There are no cons. It's the perfect diabetes reference handbook.


  • A1C: The authors suggest that keeping this number, and the others, in a good range reduces your risk of complications.
  • Blood Pressure: Lowering blood pressure has an enormous impact on reducing your risk of heart disease and strokes.
  • Lipids: These are your cholesterol numbers. LDL's ("bad cholesterol"), HDL's ("good cholesterol") and triglycerides.
  • Microalbumin: Tests for kidney damage by measuring the amount of albumin (protein) in urine. It is the earliest indicator.
  • Eye Exam: Yearly screenings by an eye doctor can detect eye changes early. Prompt treatment can save your eyesight.
  • The Plan of Action: What you can do to improve your test results.
  • What to expect: What your target results should be. Why you need to do it.
  • Your diabetes tools: exercise, food, medications, and blood glucose monitoring.
  • Detailed explanations of Type 1, Type 2, Pre-diabetes and metabolic syndrome.
  • Long-term living with diabetes and preparing for the rest of your life.

Guide Review - Book Review: Know Your Numbers, Outlive Your Diabetes

Know Your Numbers, Outlive Your Diabetes: 5 Essential Health Factors You Can Master to Enjoy a Long and Healthy Life, written by Richard Jackson, MD and journalist Amy Tenderich, is an easy-to-understand, practical book that can teach you to "get a handle" on your diabetes.

Dr. Richard Jackson is the Director of Outreach at the Joslin Diabetes Center, Senior Investigator in the Research Division at the Center and Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. Amy Tenderich is a professional journalist who was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes in May 2003. Her diabetes blog recently received the LillyforLife Achievement Award for diabetes journalism.

The book focuses on the five tests that you need to get to monitor your diabetes health. But it doesn't just tell you the tests. You also find out why these tests are important, what your results should be, how to get your results in a good range, and most importantly how to keep your numbers where they should be.

This book is a terrific resource for diabetes management. After you learn the five most important tests, the book gives you the tools you need to keep your test results as normal as possible. Exercise, nutrition, medications, glucometers and other equipment all influence what your own personal test results will be.

Beyond the basics, Dr. Jackson and Ms. Tenderich also address coping issues, healthcare basics, and resources to turn to for support and more information.

Also, charts and diary pages to help you keep track of your results and your progress. This book stresses that knowing your numbers and working to improve them is the road to a complication-free life, and it gives you the tools to achieve it, too.

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