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Take Charge of Your Diabetes

This guide was written by staff in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC’s) Division of Diabetes Translation. The division is part of the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Department of Health and Human Services. We work with partners who share our mission to reduce the burden of diabetes in communities.

William H. Herman, MD, MPH, was the general editor of the first book, Take Charge of Your Diabetes: A Guide for Care, printed in 1991. We asked people with diabetes who read the first book to help us make the second book even more useful. For this fourth edition of the book, we have updated the scientific facts, resources, and art.

The American Association of Diabetes Educators did a survey among people with diabetes and diabetes educators to learn what people liked and didn’t like about the first book. Focus groups made up of people with diabetes were held by the Health Promotion Council of SE Pennsylvania and Casals and Associates of Washington, DC. The groups gave us valuable input to help us make later books more useful.

Important support for this book’s emphasis on glucose control came from the Diabetes Control and Complications Trial. Conducted by the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, National Institutes of Health, this important study provided scientific proof that glucose control can help prevent or delay complications of diabetes.

Dawn Satterfield, PhD, RN, CDE and Patricia Mitchell of the CDC diabetes division’s Health Communications Section were the lead writers of this book. Ann Constance, Claudia Martinez, Hope Woodward, Margaret Fowke, Nancy Haynie- Mooney, Melinda Salmon, Mike Engelgau, and the Chattahoochee Nature Center also helped with the writing. Rick Hull, Diana Toomer, Melissa Stankus, and Kristina Ernst reviewed and edited the final version of this guide. Most of the drawings were provided by the Public Health Practice Program Office, CDC, some of which were modified for the book Take Charge of Your Diabetes: A Shortened Overview for Pacific Basin Island Populations through the National Diabetes Education Program. Cygnus Corporation assisted with design and layout of the second edition. Further publication support for the third edition was provided by Palladian Partners, Inc., under Contract 200-98-0415 for the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, CDC, Department of Health and Human Services.

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