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Diabetes Lifestyle Book

Diabetes Lifestyle Book
Facing Your Fears and Making Changes for a Long and Healthy Life




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About the Book

You’ve been diagnosed with diabetes. Now what? Your doctor has given you directions on what you can do to control your blood sugar. Now you need to find a way to commit to smart choices for better health. And you need to deal with some uncomfortable feelings that might arise in the process. This book offers a powerful and proven new approach that can help you make it happen.

Based on new research using acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), a bold new direction in psychology, these techniques will help you move past cravings, find motivation to exercise, and manage anxiety that you might feel when you test your blood sugar level. You’ll learn how to embrace the changes you’ll need to make in order to jumpstart your new, healthful lifestyle.


Jennifer Gregg (Author)
Jennifer Gregg, PhD, is a full professor in the department of psychology at San Jose State University; and a clinical psychologist at the University of California, San Francisco, where she works with cancer patients and their families. She is an... Read more

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Glenn Callaghan (Author)
Glenn M. Callaghan, PhD, is associate professor of psychology at San Jose State University and a member of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies and Western Psychological Association. He is an internationally recognized expert in... Read more

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Steven C. Hayes (Author)
Steven C. Hayes, PhD, is Nevada Foundation Professor in the department of psychology at the University of Nevada, Reno. He has been president of numerous professional organizations, is author of forty-five books and nearly 650 scientific articles,... Read more

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Diabetes is a modern day epidemic not likely to be cured in the near future by medical science. Gregg and colleagues have put together a coherent, compassionate, and useable guide for those suffering with diabetes which not only outlines processes involved in living successfully with diabetes, but processes involved in living successfully with the many difficult things that are so often involved in the business of being a human being.
—Kevin Vowles, Ph.D., clinical psychologist with both Pain Management Unit Royal National Hospital for Rheumatic Diseases and the University of Bath

This book provides a concise but comprehensive overview of diabetes while highlighting pragmatic strategies to help readers recognize and overcome barriers to effective self-management, an excellent resource for patients and family members alike. Moreover, I commend the authors on their seminal work.
—Bradley N. Collins, Ph.D., director of the Health Behavior Research Center and assistant professor of public health and pediatrics at the Temple University College of Health Professions

From personal values, communication and self-care to diet, exercise and medication this comprehensive book helps the diabetic and his or her family members understand the struggles associated with diabetes, while also promoting self and other acceptance and guiding the diabetic to live a vital and meaningful life…The authors have carefully provided a concrete guide to managing diabetes that is both understandable and compassionate and that includes excellent case examples. Informative, thoughtful and easy to read, I am sending this book to my beloved grandmother—a diabetic and cherished being…and someone who will greatly benefit from the wisdom of the words written here.
—Robyn D. Walser, Ph.D., clinical psychologist with TL Consultation Services and author of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for the Treatment of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

This self-help book applying ACT to diabetes is truly a unique and ingenious contribution to the field of behavior medicine. Based on their own innovative research, the authors offer the reader a unique combination of cutting-edge psychological treatment and a state-of-the-art plan for diabetes care. This book explains in a wonderfully written manner the difference between having diabetes and relating psychologically to the disease. Learning how to accept difficult thoughts and emotions while stepping up to the behavior changes necessary for living a vital life with diabetes is the essence of this book. The author brilliantly ties the behavior change and diabetes self-management together with a values context helping the reader to remember why diabetes care is important. This book is a must for everyone with diabetes.
—JoAnne Dahl, Ph.D., associate professor of psychology at the University of Uppsala in Sweden and author of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for Chronic Pain and Living Beyond Your Pain

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