Books: Recommended

Kids First Diabetes Second: Tips for Parents a Child with Type 1 by Leighann Calentine 2012 Published by Spry Publishing. ISBN 1938170008. 272 pages, paperback. US$15.95.

After you’ve met with MDs, RNs, RDs, and CDEs to learn the ABC’s of diabetes care (insulin injections, glucose monitoring, treating lows), the next people you need to meet have different credentials — MOM and DAD. Here, Leighann Calentine, MOM, offers her wisdom and guidance on parenting a child with type 1 diabetes. The chapter headings tell it best, perhaps none more so than chapter seven: Less Stress, More Happiness. That’s the essence of Calentine’s book — offering thoughts and strategies to achieve the true goal of all parents: kids who are happy and healthy, even with type 1 diabetes. There are many books about the medical aspects of living with type 1. There are few about the “living a life” aspects of type 1. This is one of the best. Highly Recommended.

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Help With The Hard Stuff by Lauren W. Tolle, PhD, and William T. O'Donohue, PhD 2010 Published by Health Press NA Inc., Albuquerque, NM. Paperback, 210 pages. $19.95. ISBN 978-0-929173-55-9.

Help With The Hard Stuff is really about its subtitle: Workbooks for Teens With Type 1 Diabetes and their Parents. Unlike many of our recommended books, Help With The Hard Stuff demands involvement of the parents and the teen. The book is divided into two main sections — the first for parents, the second for teens. Chapters typically begin with a page of true/false questions that set the stage for a discussion on a topic that is often a source of contention — for example, glucose monitoring. After exploring strategies for success, the authors present an exercise that helps both parents and teens to make progress. Help With The Hard Stuff can help teens and their families who are struggling to understand better why diabetes care is so important and to appreciate the perspective of the other side — a critical step toward becoming a team. Highly Recommended.

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The Fight to Survive: A Young Girl, Diabetes, and the Discovery of Insulin by Caroline Cox 2009 Published by Kaplan Publishing. ISBN 1607145510. 254 pages, hardcover US$26.95.

The Fight to Survive: A Young Girl, Diabetes, and the Discovery of Insulin is the very personal story of Elizabeth Evans Hughes, daughter of Charles Evans Hughes, who served as Governor of New York, US Secretary of State, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, and Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. Elizabeth was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in 1919 when she was 11 years old. The only treatment was a brutal starvation diet, which prolonged life — and in her case, prolonged it enough for her to become one of the first people in the world to receive insulin. Author Caroline Cox takes us back to Elizabeth’s life and helps us understand the inner courage of one young girl. If you’re interested in learning about the history of diabetes and insulin, The Fight to Survive is for you. Recommended.

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The Everything Parent’s Guide to Children with Juvenile Diabetes by Moira McCarthy with Technical Review by Jake Kushner, M.D. 2007 Published by Adams Media. ISBN 1-59869-246-1. 287 pages. $14.95

The Everything Parent’s Guide to Children with Juvenile Diabetes is a must read for parents of children newly or recently diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. Writer Moira McCarthy, mother of a teen daughter with type 1, uses her years of experience to help others learn what to do in many real-world situations, like sleepovers and after school sports. She touches on almost every possible subject, using terminology that is easy to understand — even for beginners. There’s something for every parent in here. Highly Recommended.

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Diabetic Athlete’s Handbook by Sheri Colberg, Ph.D. 2009 Published by Human Kinetics, 2009. ISBN 0-7360-7493-7. 284 pages, paperback. $19.95.

We all know that exercise is important for good health — whether you have diabetes or not. If you’re athletic, want to be, or have a child who is active in sports, the Diabetic Athlete’s Handbook is a must-have addition to your diabetes library. Dr. Colberg, professor of exercise science at Old Dominion University, was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes when she was four years old. She specializes in glucose and exercise metabolism and diabetes, and is therefore the perfect author for this topic. The initial chapters provide an introduction to the science of exercise, how diabetes medications work (insulin and oral hypoglycemics), nutrition and supplements, and general guidelines for Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes. Then the book gets really interesting: specific guidelines for adjusting diet and medications for dozens of sports from walking to ice hockey to marathon running, broken down into individual guidelines for adjusting insulin (pumps and MDI) and additional carbohydrate intake based on starting blood sugar levels. Sprinkled throughout are vignettes about athletes with diabetes covering many sports. Highly recommended.

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The Diabetes Travel Guide, 2nd Edition by Davida F. Kruger, MSN, APRN-BC, BC-ADM 2007 Published by the American Diabetes Association. ISBN 1-58-040236-4. 222 pages, softcover. $14.95.

If you’re the kind of person who needs a check list to help you remember everything to pack for a trip, or if you’ve held off on traveling because you’re worried about your diabetes (or your child’s), then The Diabetes Travel Guide, 2nd Edition is exactly what you need. This small (4.25 by 6.75 inches) book will guide you through preparing for travel with diabetes. You’ll find all kinds of check lists and suggestions, as well as helpful tips on dealing with the unexpected — such as sitting on an airplane waiting to take off. The book will fit easily in a carry on bag or purse and even includes a selection of phrases in other languages in case you find yourself in need of help at your destination. Recommended for anyone who travels with diabetes.

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Diabetes Through the Looking Glass: Seeing diabetes from your child’s perspective by Dr Rachel Besser 2009 Published by Class Publishing Ltd, London. ISBN 1859592090. 287 pages, paperback. £20.99 or $32.99.

For parents of kids with type 1 diabetes, there are many excellent books to help them learn everything from the basics to making the best use of advanced insulin pump features. But Diabetes Through the Looking Glass is different. Dr. Rachel Besser not only offers excellent diabetes care advice, but she brings a very unique perspective — she brings voice to people living with type 1 diabetes. How many of us have wished we could understand what our kids were thinking as we poked and stuck them, especially if they are very young? Well, now you can find out. Real people living with type 1, from kids to adults, provide insight into the mind of our kids, and help us, as parents, to provide better care with less worry (really). And it helps that Dr. Besser, who is a paediatrition specializing in childhood diabetes, was herself diagnosed with type 1 when she was nine years old. Highly Recommended.

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Diabetes Rising: How a Rare Disease Became a Modern Pandemic, and What to Do About It by Dan Hurley 2010 Published by Kaplan Publishing, 2010. ISBN 1-60714-458-1. 312 pages, hardcover. $26.95.

Author Dan Hurley was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at age 18, and his book Diabetes Rising is more about type 1 than type 2 — a refreshing perspective for those of us who have type 1 diabetes in our families. Diabetes Rising is broken into three parts: The Rising, The Reasons, and the Remedies. In The Rising, Hurley tracks the unprecedented increase in both type 1 and type 2 diabetes in modern times (the real focus is type 1 — not type 2). In The Reasons, he explores five hypotheses under study today, including hygeine, vitamin D, and pollution. And in The Remedies, Hurley reviews four paths to cure — or better treat — type 1 and type 2 diabetes, including the artificial pancreas project. Diabetes Rising is very well written and is a must-have for families living with type 1 diabetes. Highly Recommended.

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Diabetes Care at School: Bridging the Gap by Salus Education, LLC Workbook and CD course. $95.

Diabetes Care at School: Bridging the Gap is an excellent Continuing Nursing Education (CNE) program that can also be used by parents to help educate their child’s school staff about delivering the best diabetes care at school. The CNE program comes with two CDs and a workbook. The first CD contains the CNE material, and the second CD contains learning activities for school staff members. Content is up to date, with sections devoted to insulin pump therapy and disaster preparedness, for example. The content of each chapter is concise, easy-to-read, and well written. School nurses seeking to learn more about caring for children with diabetes will find this program to be very helpful. Parents may wish to encourage their schools to obtain a copy. The program can be ordered online. Highly recommended.

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Celiac Disease: A Hidden Epidemic by Peter H.R. Green, MD and Rory Jones 2006 Published by Collins. ISBN 006076693X. US$22.95.

For the many CWD readers who also live with celiac disease, Dr. Green’s Celiac Disease: A Hidden Epidemic offers an exceptionally complete yet easy to read guide to celiac disease and strategies for living with it successfully. Dr. Green begins with the underlying biology — and botany — of celiac, including an explanation of various grains and why certain ones cause celiac and others don’t. You’ll learn about the various ways that celiac can manifest itself, as well as related conditions (including type 1 diabetes).

This isn’t a celiac cookbook, in case you’re looking for that. Celiac Disease: A Hidden Epidemic is a detailed medical text, written for patients but with real substance. Readers will definitely learn a lot about celiac — some, no doubt, more than their health care teams. Punctuated throughout are sidebars from real people with celiac, which no doubt will help you see that you’re not alone. For any family with celiac, Celiac Disease: A Hidden Epidemic is Highly Recommended.

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