Dealing with Diabetes Burnout – Book Review



Dealing with Diabetes Burnout
Author: Ginger Vieira
Publisher: Demos Health, May 28, 2014
244 pages
Kindle, paperback
Health and Fitness


From Goodreads:

Dealing with Diabetes Burnout: How to Recharge and Get Back on Track When You Feel Frustrated and Overwhelmed Living with Diabetes is an inspiring and empowering guide to managing the daily work and pressure of diabetes management—counting carbohydrates at every meal, constantly adjusting medication doses, taking daily injections, pricking fingers multiple times a day, and struggling with the unavoidable challenges of fancy, yet imperfect, technology—that can lead to burnout. Vieira provides the tools and encouragement needed to help readers get back on track and make diabetes management a rewarding priority. Chapters directly address burnout in relation to: food, exercise, insulin dosing, blood sugar checking, fear of low blood sugar, being a caregiver/spouse of a person with diabetes, communicating more effectively with your doctor, taking a healthy “vacation” from diabetes, and creating realistic expectations and goals.

My Thoughts:

According to The American Diabetes Association’s website, there are nearly 26 million children and adults in the United States that have diabetes. This is a much needed book.

This is the author’s third book on diabetes and I thought she provided a well thought out book. I could tell by what she wrote that this is a  subject near and dear to her heart.  It was easy to read, I never fell asleep reading it. It provided lots of helpful tips for the diabetic and their families and there were lots of additional resources. Vieira emphasized the need for goals and plans and provided examples and choices. Many thanks to all the diabetes advocates that got real and contributed their own stories of burnout.

However, one of the things that confused me was what is a “bolus” or “to bolus” when it comes to  dealing with diabetes. I’ve had type 2 diabetes for three years and I’ve never heard that term before. I had to take time from my book to research the term. It would have been nice if the author had explained what it was if she was going to use the term. In addition, the author failed to address the subject of Ketosis or ketoacidosis. I also don’t recall her mentioning the hundreds of side affects from medication that diabetics have to deal with and which could contribute to burnout.

Overall, I would still recommend it to anyone that deals with diabetes, professionals as well
as patients and their families.

I was given this book from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.



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