Diabetes Dilemma book review by Shae Courtney
Another useful addition to the “Need-2-Know” collection, “Diabetes: The Essential Guide” is written by a diabetes sufferer for the diabetes sufferer. The author, Sue Marshall, has lived with type one diabetes for most of her life. Marshall, a medical publisher for Oyster PR, writes in an user-friendly way that does not seek to patronise the reader, yet allows the readership to remain open to patients, parents and carers of all ages.
The ten chapters are easily digestible and include a very useful “Summing Up” summary section at the end of each one. In particular, chapter ten signposts sufferers and carers in the right direction should they wish to find out more about the condition. At the end of the guide, there is a “Food and Blood Test Diary” which allows diabetes sufferers to record what they had for breakfast, lunch and dinner. There is also space for blood test results to be recorded. Perhaps one of the most apparent flaws in the publication, is that it lacks any diagrams and the solid blocks of text can often seem unexciting and unmanageable.
Nevertheless, this is a comprehensive guide to the condition. Marshall begins with symptoms and moves on to how to test and treat diabetes, diabetes and diet, diabetes and pregnancy and the complications it can cause. Marshall uses a sympathetic and sometimes satirical tone which should help the reader feel they are in competent hands. Marshall’s surprisingly candid conveyance of information can only be a force for good.