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This Can’t Happen To Me – Tackling Type 2 Diabetes

Quick Overview

Weaving practical advice with humorous and inspiring personal stories, Tim Bowden explains everything you need to know about Type 2 diabetes.

Health Professional Review

Health Professional Reviewer: Sophie Blundell, New Zealand Registered Dietitian. Reviewed 20 January 2015.

Book Title: This Can’t Happen To Me – Tackling Type 2 Diabetes

Author(s): Tm Bowden, Broadcaster, radio and television documentary maker, oral historian and author.

Date published: 2004

Suitable for: Newly diagnosed and established Type 2 diabetics or support people

Problems addressed: Type 2 Diabetes

Book Summary: 

Tim Bowden an Australian author and broadcaster writes his account of being diagnosed with and managing his Type 2 diabetes in his late 60’s. He is not shy about his life as a journalist, a career that lent itself to plenty of alcohol and indulgent long lunches

After the original shock, denial and “why me” Tim begins his journey to discover everything about diabetes from its history, current medications and food recommendations to enable him to manage his diabetes. He gathers this information by speaking with GP’s, dietitian’s and Endocrinologists to ensure he is providing evidenced based information.

In addition to this he also provides real life case-studies of good and bad diabetes management with friends and acquaintances. Although the Australian Government funding systems, some measurements and treatments are a bit out of date, Tim’s enthusiasm and stamina to tackle Type 2 diabetes is inspirational and something to learn from.

 Strengths

  • Provides some history into management of diabetes and identifies how far technology and medication have come
  • Gives examples of good and bad management
  • Discusses the different reasons why people can get diabetes and that it is often multi-factorial
  • Provides information on that it is a progressive disease and provides realistic information about this
  • Gives a clear concise summary of the differences between Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes
  • Describes why people sometimes do not get symptoms as well as discussing in detail what you do get if blood glucose levels are elevated
  • Inspirational self-management of his own diabetes and recommends this to others
  • Main principles of food the same as what we recommend now i.e. lots of vegetables, everything in moderation to ensure sustainability
  • Discusses the risk of cardiovascular disease and the importance to manage CVD risk in individuals with diabetes

Weaknesses:

  • HbA1c values are in the old units of percentages which patients may not now be able to relate to
  • Large emphasis on Glycaemic Index in food section which we don’t tend to focus on too much no
  • Talks in some detail about the Australian subsidy system which is obviously irrelevant for New Zealand
  • LDL target 2.0 now not 2.5mmol/L

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