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Book Review: When You’re a Parent With Diabetes: A Real Life Guide to Staying Healthy While Raising a Family

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Kathryn Gregorio Palmer knows diabetes. She has lived with it since age 18. Her husband also has type 1 diabetes and they have two healthy young boys. So, when you read  about the risks of parenting among diabetics, you can’t help but think that Palmer may be on to something that other diabetics can learn from.

In writing When You’re a Parent With Diabetes: A Real Life Guide to Staying Healthy While Raising a Family, Palmer made her dream of helping other parents struggling with diabetes come true. Using a tone that never sounds condescending while still delivering very valuable pearls of wisdom from her own experience, Palmer takes the reader through the different stages of parenting in a very well structured and enjoyable way.

She doesn’t stop at sharing her own experience. The book’s 144 pages are also packed with anecdotes from other mothers and fathers as they live through the struggles of parenting with diabetes.

Starting with the considerations leading up to parenthood, including thoughts about gestational diabetes, things to monitor throughout pregnancy and during labor and delivery, the book even devotes space to adoption as an option for diabetics.

The first year of parenthood, the preschool years, while you still are your children’s hero and the times when you can be a cause of serious embarrassment for them (think how teenage children may feel about having their diabetic parent shoot insulin or test blood glucose in public), all have a space in the book.

A whole chapter is devoted to some of the challenges diabetics want to forget about, such as how to talk with kids about diabetes complications, dealing with diabetes and depression, and a cause of much concern: the worries of one’s own children developing diabetes.

The last pages are spent reminding us diabetics of the things we can and should do to stay healthy and avoid complications as much as possible, so we can live long to enjoy the lives of our children and grandchildren.

All in all, When You’re a Parent With Diabetes: A Real Life Guide to Staying Healthy While Raising a Family is an excellent resource for diabetics, whether they are planning to raise a family or they already have kids and can use a little extra help. If you are diabetic or your partner is diabetic, whether you are male or female, you should definitely get yourself a copy.

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  • http://sterfish.blogspot.com Sterfish

    My mother became a Type I diabetic before I was born, so this is a topic that certainly hits close to home.

    Thanks for reviewing this book. I hope it will not only help diabetic who are parents, but their children as well.