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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.

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Understanding Diabetes, 13th Edition by H. Peter Chase, MD, and David M. Maahs, MD, PhD. 2015 Published by the Children's Diabetes Foundation at Denver. ISBN 978-0-9832650-6-1. US$25.00 plus $5.00 shipping.

If you only have one book about diabetes, Understanding Diabetes should be it. There are more technical books, but none better to help you understand how to live successfully with type 1 diabetes. Representing the clinical practice methods of the The Barbara Davis Center for Childhood Diabetes, the 13th Edition, published in 2015, is completely up-to-date, including the latest on insulin pumps, continuous glucose monitoring, and research efforts such as the Bionic Pancreas. Understanding Diabetes is both comprehensive and easy to read — a great combination for anyone living with type 1 diabetes, regardless of their age (this isn’t a book just for kids with type 1 diabetes).

In summary, no other book about diabetes offers the depth and breadth of Understanding Diabetes. That’s reason enough to get a copy. And at US$25, it’s so inexpensive that you can’t afford to be without it. You can order the book online.

The complete text of the 12th edition is online.

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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 I Diabetes: Molecular, Cellular, and Clinical Immunology by Edited by George S. Eisenbarth and Keven J. Lafferty 1996 Published by Oxford University Press. ISBN 0-19-509126-4.

Type I Diabetes: Molecular, Cellular, and Clinical Immunology is a collection of papers that discuss in detail the underlying autoimmunity of Type 1 diabetes and its implications for such things as islet cell transplantation. The text is heavily scientific, and is written for the professional medical and scientific community. However, parents and adults with a good science background will find no better book to help them understand the basis for Type 1 diabetes. The full text of the book, lacking illustrations and charts, is available on-line at http://www.uchsc.edu/misc/diabetes/books/type1/type1.html.

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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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Think Like a Pancreas by Gary Scheiner, MS, CDE 2011 Published by Da Capo Press, Boston. ISBN 978-0-7382-1514-4. US$17.00

One of the best manuals on day-to-day diabetes management, Think Like a Pancreas by Gary Scheiner, is a must for all with type 1 diabetes. During his 25 years with diabetes, Gary has dedicated himself to determining how best to deal with the ups and downs of diabetes and is intent on sharing his knowledge with others. How to take insulin on days you plan to exercise, how specific types of exercise and certain foods affect one’s blood sugar, and how to prevent hypo- and hyperglycemia, are among the subjects covered in this book. Gary has specific advice about what to do when you are having surgery, how caffeine affects blood sugars and concise descriptions on how to calculate insulin boluses. Newly updated in 2011 to include the latest on pumps, sensors, and even incretins, Think Like a Pancreas remains one of the few must-have books for everyone living with type 1 diabetes and is highly recommended.

— Review by Jeff and Brenda Hitchcock

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The Ten Keys to Helping Your Child Grow Up With Diabetes by Tim Wysocki, Ph.D. 1997 Published by the ADA. ISBN 0-945448-74-0. US$14.95.

The Ten Keys to Helping Your Child Grow Up With Diabetes is an excellent guide for parents of children with diabetes, especially those with newly diagnosed adolescents. It is somewhat less helpful for parents of toddlers or younger kids with diabetes, who face a score of other issues not brought up in this book.

Dr. Wysocki has devised a scheme for coping with diabetes, beginning with a fundamental need for proper education of the parents. Once this basic knowledge has been provided, the child and parents inevitably cope with stress, the problem of adhering to the child’s diabetic regimen, school issues and social difficulties. He offers realistic techniques for parents to help cope with these developments as they occur.

The only problem with the book is its focus on newly diagnosed adolescents (at the expense of younger children) and family involvement. While it does seem important that other family members participate in the care of the child with diabetes, this is not always feasible. Dr. Wysocki does not explain how those with younger children can deal with this. He suggests a weekly family meeting to discuss diabetes and other issues, but this simply cannot be done when the diabetic child is two and his sibling is three months old, for example. Also, not every child with diabetes will face all the problems he mentions. For example, some children diagnosed at an early age seem to be perfectly comfortable with discussing their disease and do not have the social difficulties that Dr. Wysocki describes.

Overall, Dr. Wysocki’s book is an excellent resource for parents of newly diagnosed adolescents.

— Review by Brenda Hitchcock

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Teens Pumping It Up: Insulin Pump Therapy Guide for Adolescents by Elizabeth Boland, MSN, APRN, PNP, CDE Published by MiniMed. No ISBN. US$12.95.

If you’re a teen and have questions about whether an insulin pump is right for you or not, Teens Pumping It Up will help provide the answers. Written by Elizabeth Boland, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner and Project Coordinator of the Yale Adolescent Intensive Management Program at the Yale University Schools of Nursing and Medicine, this colorfully written and illustrated, spiral-bound book is filled with everything you might want to know about insulin pumps. In addition to “pump basics,” Teens Pumping It Up addresses many of the concerns that are foremost in the minds of teens: the pump at school, the pool, at prom, and when dating. The many sidebars include quotes from teens who use the pump. If you’re a teen considering the pump, or just want to learn more about the pump, ask your diabetes educator to get you a copy of Teens Pumping It Up or contact MiniMed at:

MiniMed
12744 San Fernando Road
Sylmar, CA 91342
(818) 362-5958
1-800-933-3322 Toll Free in the USA
(818) 364-0968 Fax
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Taking Control of Your Diabetes, 4th Edition by Steven V. Edelman, MD 2013 Professional Communications Inc.. 544 pages. Softcover. US$ 16.95. ISBN 978-1-932610-87-1.

Dr. Steve Edelman developed type 1 diabetes when he was 15 years old. Taking Control of Your Diabetes embodies his philosophy of patient empowerment in the care of their diabetes. Now in its fourth edition, Taking Control of Your Diabetes is thoroughly updated for 2013, including an excellent section on continuous glucose sensors and how to get the most out of this important technology. Dr. Edelman’s core message is that patients can take charge, regardless of how long they’ve had diabetes, and even if they have complications. This book is thorough, very well-written, and easy to read. The medical information covers everything one might need to know about taking charge, for people with both type 1 and type 2 diabetes. Dr. Edelman covers potential complications as well as daily care, with excellent advice on today’s best practices. With contributions from a veritable who’s-who in the diabetes world, TCOYD is an excellent addition to the library of everyone living with diabetes — type 1 or type 2.

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