Books: Recommended

Young Voices: Life with Diabetes by Hala Khalaf 2005 Published by Novo Nordisk and John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. ISBN 0-470-01584-5. Hardcover, $28.95.

So few books give a sense of what it is really like to live with diabetes, especially for children. Young Voices is thirteen stories, about thirteen young people, who live with diabetes everyday. Ten have type 1, three have type 2. They are young children and young adults. They live across the world, in very different worlds. But they share a bond with each other that transcends typical friendships — something that we see at every Children with Diabetes conference. In Young Voices you will find a beautiful book, rich with photographs, filled with stories, teaching hope and perseverance. Highly Recommended.

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Young Adult Type 1 Diabetes Realities by Nicole Johnson, DrPH, MPH, MA 2014 CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform. ISBN 1499173148. Paperback, $10.00.

Nicole Johnson’s new book, Young Adult Type 1 Diabetes Realities, enlists the help of several well-known adults with type 1 diabetes (Gary Hall, Jr., Phil Southerland, and Kerri Sparling, to name a few) and several knowledgeable health care professionals to offer advice and guidance to older teens and young adults on making a successful transition to adulthood with type 1 diabetes. There are precious few resources to help young people and their families through this challenging time, and Nicole does a great job of providing concrete guidance and advice. Young Adult Type 1 Diabetes Realities belongs in every family of older teens because it can help prepare the teen — and the parents — for the exciting transition to young adulthood. Recommended for older teens and young adults with type 1 — and their parents.

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Yes I Can! Yes You Can! by Denny Dressman and Jay Leeuwenburg 2005 Published by ComServ Books, LLC. ISBN 0-977-42830-3. $16.95, softcover.

Being diagnosed with diabetes requires a new way of thinking. You learn about insulin, checking blood sugars, carbs, exercise — and the importance of planning. But you don’t give up your dreams, and you don’t take “No” for an answer. That’s the message of Yes I Can! Yes You Can!, a book about Jay Leeuwenburg, who was diagnosed at age 12 and went on to play nine years in the NFL as an offensive lineman. Written by Denny Dressman and Jay, the book alternates between Denny putting everything into perspective and Jay sharing his personal experiences, such as:

I knew from just there mere fact of going to my normal three-month doctor visits that there were thousands upon thousands of children who were seeking answers to what I thought were just basic questions about living with and managing diabetes. And they were getting such outrageous advice that I couldn’t understand. For instance, ‘You can’t be a cheerleader. You can’t play soccer.’ The message was, you can’t do these things because you’re a diabetic. I thought it would be an injustice not to use my career and that instant celebrity as a forum. So pretty early on I made a committment that I would send the message to youngsters that, ‘You know what, you can do anything you want.’

Jay’s experiences and attitude can help anyone who is struggling with a new diagnosis or who is overwhelmed with caring for themselves. His experience is about persevering in the face of the challenge of diabetes and never letting it be an excuse. That’s a great story for everyone. Highly Recommended.


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Wizdom for Parents by American Diabetes Association Free by calling 1-800-DIABETES (in the United States).

To help educate both newly diagnosed children and their parents, the American Diabetes Association has devised an excellent source of information, the “Wizdom Kit.” There are two spiral bound booklets, one for parents and one for kids. The booklets are full of colorful illustrations and diagrams and cover everything from how to draw up a shot of mixed insulin to diabetes issues at school.

To help kids learn about diabetes, the kit includes three juggling balls (instructions for juggling included), which represent the three things someone with diabetes must juggle: diet, exercise, and insulin. Contact the ADA at 1-800-DIABETES to order a kit. Highly recommended.

— Review by Brenda Hitchcock

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When You’re a Parent with Diabetes by Kathryn Gregorio Palmer 2006 Published by the Healthy Living Books / Hatherleigh Press. Paperback, 123 pages. $14.95 ISBN 1-57826-232-1.

Many books offer guidance and support to parents who have kids with diabetes, but until now there has been nothing specifically for parents who have diabetes. When You’re a Parent with Diabetes will help adults with diabetes with the challenges of being parents, and the unique challenges they face having diabetes (e.g., how do you hide your juice boxes from your kids?).

As the parent of a child with diabetes, I can’t fully appreciate what it means to have diabetes, but I am thankful and grateful for Palmer’s insightful book. One day, our children with diabetes will become parents with diabetes, and When You’re a Parent with Diabetes can help show them the way. Highly recommended for adults with diabetes.

— Jeff Hitchcock

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Using Insulin by John Walsh, P.A., C.D.E., and Ruth Roberts, M.A., Chandrasekhar Varma, M.D., F.A.C.E., F.A.C.P, and Timothy Bailey, M.D., F.A.C.E., F.A.C.P, with "Kids and Teens" by Shannon Brow, R.N., B.S., C.D.E. 2003 Published by Torrey Pines Press. 342 pages, paperback. US$23.95.

If you want to get the most out of injection therapy, you need Using Insulin. Covering everything from determining carb and correction factors, total daily doses and injection boluses, and selecting the correct insulins to meet your needs, Using Insulin is the first book to offer for injection users the detailed scientific basis behind intensive insulin therapy that Pumping Insulin offers to pump users. The tables and charts will help you get the most out of injection therapy. Highly recommended for anyone using injection therapy.

Torrey Pines Press
1030 West Upas Street
San Diego, CA 92103-3821
1-800-988-4772 (US)

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Understanding Insulin Pumps, Continuous Glucose Monitors and the Artificial Pancreas, 3rd Edition by H. Peter Chase, MD, and Laurel Messer, RN, MPH, CDE 2016 Published by the Children's Diabetes Foundation at Denver. ISBN 978-0-9832650-7-8. US$18.00 to U.S. addresses (includes shipping).

Understanding Insulin Pumps, Continuous Glucose Monitors and the Artificial Pancreas, 3rd Edition, provides an excellent introduction to pump therapy and continuous sensors for anyone considering these tools and can serve as a reference guide for those already using pumps and sensors. The third edition brings new content about the artificial pancreas, also referred to as a closed loop system. The 178-page book is very easy to read and is filled with many helpful tables and charts that will guide you not only through beginning pump therapy but also as you seek to get the most from your pump. Parents will also appreciate the collection of forms in the back to help with pump therapy at school. Eight of the 21 chapters are devoted to the use of continuous glucose sensors. In addition to an excellent introduction to sensors, Dr. Chase and Laurel Messer offer strategies for using the data from your sensor to improve diabetes care. Understanding Insulin Pumps, Continuous Glucose Monitors and the Artificial Pancreas, 3rd Edition is an essential addition to everyone’s diabetes care library. Highly recommended.

Children’s Diabetes Foundation at Denver
777 Grant Street, Suite 302
Denver, CO 80203
(303) 863-1200
(303) 863-1122 fax

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Typecast: Amazing People Overcoming the Chronic Disease of Type 1 Diabetes by Andrew Deutscher 2014 Published by Humbition Entertainment. ISBN 0578123118. US$18.95.

Typecast is a book about people in the type 1 diabetes community — Phil Southerland and Tom Karlya, for example. I’m in there too. But it’s so much more than that. Andrew Deutscher’s journey in the world of type 1 began when his young son was diagnosed. Andrew sought to understand what that meant for his son and his family, so he began to reach out to others to learn their stories. Those stories are what makes Typecast so unique, and so uplifting. This is a book about thriving with type 1 diabetes, and it is empowering. Highly recommended.

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Type 1 Diabetes in Children, Adolescents and Young Adults by Ragnar Hanas, M.D. 2015 (US Edition) Published by Class Publishing, London. ISBN 1859595707. US$39.99.

In the fifth US edition of his excellent diabetes text book, Dr. Ragnar Hanas offers the most comprehensive book about type 1 diabetes, and one of the best. This book is updated to include pump therapy, continuous sensing, extensive coverage of social issues, and the latest in research. Each topic is presented in an easy-to-read style, with excellent and helpful drawings and charts. Even if you own one of the first three editions, Type 1 Diabetes in Children, Adolescents and Young Adults will make an excellent addition to your diabetes management library. Highly recommended.

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Type 1 Diabetes and Babysitting by Stacey Smith-Bradfield and Dayna Frei 2013 Published by Science Horse Productions. Paperback, 72 pages. $15.00 ISBN 0615863450.

After coming to terms with a child’s diagnosis, parents are faced with many other challenges, including how to find and train a babysitter to take care of their child with diabetes. This is no easy task. In Type 1 Diabetes and Babysitting, authors Stacey Smith-Bradfield and Dayna Frei have prepared an easy-to-use guidebook to help parents teach their child’s babysitter about the most important diabetes care tasks, including dealing with lows and highs, where to give injections, and what to take when outside the home, just to name a few. This is an excellent book for every parent who has a child young enough to need a babysitter, and for any teen who babysits kids with type 1 diabetes. Highly Recommended.

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