Great Review of the SWG:
Mercer, Amy Stockwell. The Smart Woman’s Guide to Diabetes: Authentic Advice on Everything from Eating to Dating and Motherhood. Demos. 2011. c.232p. bibliog. index. ISBN 9781936303137. pap. $16.95. HEALTH
Almost 11 percent (12.6 million) of women age 20 or older have diabetes, according to the American Diabetes Association. The disease poses special challenges for women in large part because of hormonal changes that affect blood sugars. Mercer, diagnosed at 14 with type 1 diabetes, has used her experience, as well as interviews with medical professionals and other women living with the disease, to compile this volume. Imparting critical information for diabetic women in pursuit of a healthy and fulfilling life, Mercer covers a range of topics, including finding the right medical team, gaining control through information and communication, managing adolescence, diet, and exercise. Special attention is given to eating disorders and body image; dating, sex, and marriage; pregnancy and motherhood; and telling others about one’s condition. VERDICT An excellent resource for those seeking information about the impact of diabetes on women’s lives; the many personal stories lend warmth and accessibility.—J.M.S.