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The Savvy Diabetic : A Survival Guide is truly a survival guide on so many day to day issues that people with diabetes have to deal with 24/7. Joanne shares her life-long experiences in a very easy to read manner that combines knowledge, humor, practicality and humility. A must read for all of us folks living with diabetes and our close friends and family. I loved it!”

Steven Edelman MD
Professor of Medicine, University of California San Diego, Veterans Affairs Medical Center, San Diego, CA
Founder and Director, Taking Control of Your Diabetes


The Savvy Diabetic: A Survival Guide is terrific! You provide an incredible resource for anyone and everyone touched by type 1 diabetes. I was particularly touched by the anecdotes from people affected by the disease. Their stories reminded me that Type 1 diabetes isn’t just about statistics or data or medical facts. It’s about loved ones who deal with diabetes constantly. It’s about how they come to grips with the reality that there is no break, no vacation, no moment away from thinking about it. It’s 24/7; it’s always “there”. While those of us who don’t have diabetes but are part of the extended family will never be able to understand this in the same way as those who do, your book gave me a glimpse into – and a deeper appreciation for – their world. That gift alone makes The Savvy Diabetic : A Survival Guide worth reading. Thank you for writing it.”

Dick Allen
Grandfather of a 15-year old with Type 1 diabetes
Chairman of the Board of Directors, JDRF International
Strategic Advisor, Mary and Dick Allen Diabetes Center, Hoag Hospital, Newport Beach, CA


“Thriving with diabetes is a whole lot easier when you have a good doctor on your side and can understand and master our crazy medical system. But how can you ever make that happen? Joanne Milo has written a practical, humorous, straight-from-the-heart guidebook that provides the tips you need. The Savvy Diabetic: A Survival Guide is chock full of helpful hints to help you prepare for and handle hospitals, doctor visits, travel and everyday life with diabetes. Read it now!”

William H. Polonsky, PhD, CDE
Chief Executive Officer, Behavioral Diabetes Institute
Associate Clinical Professor, University of California, San Diego, CA


“Having written six books benefitting people with diabetes, I can honestly say that The Savvy Diabetic : A Survival Guide is the most user-friendly book about diabetes I have ever seen. The information is excellent and the organization, graphics, and quotes make it a pleasure to read. If you have diabetes, get this book!”

Gloria Loring
Singer, actress, and author,
Coincidence Is God’s Way of Remaining Anonymous
Parenting a Child with Diabetes


“In the complex journey of living with diabetes the most critical element is to find a guide. In addition to the people in your lives – your family and friends and health care providers – the best guide is someone in whose shoes you can walk. Joanne Milo is just that person. Her template for living with success, and facing the myriad challenges, will enable you to go on your journey with diabetes with the information and insights that you need, so you can be who you want to be and live how you want to live while managing your diabetes. Read her words, hear her voice, and follow her spirit – then hopefully you can dream every dream…”

Francine R. Kaufman, M.D.
Medtronic Diabetes, Chief Medical Officer and Vice President, Global Medical Affairs
Emeritus Professor of Pediatric, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA
Center for Diabetes, Endocrinology & Metabolism, Children’s Hospital, Los Angeles, CA


“A breezy, light-hearted, down-to-earth book of do’s and don’ts that spirits you through EVERYTHING about living with diabetes. It humorously captures the Zen-like constant awareness diabetes requires, let alone the over 8 hours weekly of direct management (who knew?). Each chapter has opening and closing summaries with great quotes, and bullet points make for an easy read and easy reference. The style and tone are just right – a must read for family and friends; they may not believe your life with diabetes otherwise! This book is like having a savvy friend with diabetes at your side.”

Daniel Einhorn, MD, FACP, FACE
President, American College of Endocrinology Medical Director, Scripps Whittier Diabetes Institute, San Diego, CA
Clinical Professor of Medicine, UCSD, La Jolla, CA
President, Diabetes and Endocrine Associates, La Jolla, CA


The Savvy Diabetic : A Survival Guide is a worthwhile book for the many diabetics like you. Successfully diabetes self-management takes science, commitment, and art. I can sense your struggle and joy in your journey. Now you have become an elder in the diabetes community and you are ready to share your experience and advice. Your book is screaming, “do what I say, but don’t do what I did.”

Dr. Ping H. Wang
Professor and Director, Center for Diabetes Research and Treatment, Sue & Bill Gross Stem Cell Research Center, University of California, Irvine, CA


“Joanne, I can see a lot of hard work and “heart” has gone into writing your story. We are increasingly using the “Voice of the Patient” in building new approaches to care and management of diabetes. The Savvy Diabetic : A Survival Guide brings that perspective front and center. The practical tips are wise and useful for many chronic illnesses, not just diabetes, such as storing your critical medical information on a flash drive to carry with you. Thanks for sharing the book.”

Dr. Athena Philis-Tsimikas
Executive Director and Chief Medical Officer, Scripps Whittier Diabetes Institute, La Jolla, CA
Associate Clinical Professor, Division of Diabetes and Endocrinology, University of California, San Diego, La Jolla, CA


“Excellent! Easy to read and so informative. Bottom line … provides knowledge which is powerful and will result in control. Thanks for the opportunity to become a more savvy nurse!”

Robyn Nelson, PhD, RN
Dean, College of Nursing, West Coast University, Irvine, CA

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