Diabetes Sourcebook, Third Edition by Dawn D. Matthews 2003 Published by Omnigraphics, Detroit, MI. ISBN 0-7808-0629-8. 622 pages, hardcover. $78.00.

Diabetes Sourcebook is part of the Omnigraphics Health Reference series of books. Its 67 chapters contain over 600 pages of material drawn from many sources, including the NIDDK, National Diabetes Education Program, the National Kidney Foundation, the ADA, the CDA, the Joslin Diabetes Center, and Children with Diabetes (chapter 34 on Insulin Pumps is from CWD’s pumps section). Since everything in Diabetes Sourcebook is available for free elsewhere (mostly online), you might ask why anyone would pay $78 for this book? The answer is that this book has everything together in one small, hardcover book, making it a great reference and educational tool. If you tried to print out everything that’s in this book, you’d end up with hundreds, if not thousands, of pages and none of it would be as well organized as this book. While the price may be too high for families, the Diabetes Sourcebook would make a fine addition to any library or clinic.

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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 Myths, Misconceptions, and Big Fat Lies! by Kris Swenson, RN, CDE and Betty Brackenridge, MS, RD, CDE 2002 Published by Diabetes Management & Training Center, 2002. ISBN 0-9719939-0-4. $14.95.

If you’ve ever heard “people with diabetes can’t eat sugar,” then this book is for you. Kris and Betty, who together run Diabetes Management & Training Centers, debunk the myths and misunderstandings about diabetes. You’ll get all the ammunition you need to deal with well-meaning friends and relatives who aren’t quite up to date with their understanding of diabetes. Diabetes Myths is an excellent book that will help you get on the right track to managing your diabetes.

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Diabetes Care for Babies, Toddlers, and Preschoolers: A Reassuring Guide by Jean Betschart, C.R.N.P., C.D.E. 1999 Published by John Wiley & Sons, 1999. US$14.95. ISBN 0471346764.

Few experiences are as traumatic for parents of children with diabetes as their child’s diagnosis. Parents of infants and toddlers face more challenges than parents with older kids with diabetes because very young children cannot verbalize their feelings. Moms and dads find themselves thinking, “Is my child just cranky, or is she having an insulin reaction?” They may struggle with finding daycare and babysitters who understand diabetes and will properly care for their child. And they find that the relationship with their spouse and their other children suffers. Jean Betschart offers guidance on all these issues in the first book specifically written about diabetes in very young children. If your child has been recently diagnosed, or you have a friend or relative with a newly diagnosed young child, this book can help.

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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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Diabetes Burnout: What To Do When You Can’t Take It Anymore by William Polonsky 2000 American Diabetes Association. ISBN 1580400337.

Many people with diabetes also deal with depression. It’s common and understandable. This wonderful book throws a strong and practical light on how the anger, worries and burdens of caring for diabetes day in and day out can effect you. Written in an interactive format, the book the emotional issues that contribute to poor diabetes control and provides guidance to overcoming your barriers to self-care. Worksheets help you assess your current level of motivation and establish a successful plan of action.

Diabetes Burnout addresses such issues as:

  • Ten good reasons to hate blood sugar monitoring (and what to do about them)
  • Worrying about long-term complications: the uses and misuses of fear
  • Depression and diabetes: a tough combination
  • Friends, family and health care providers – the diabetes police
  • How stresses influence diabetes (and what to do about it)
  • More

If you’re “fed-up,” try reading “Diabetes Burnout” and completing the worksheets. You will not only feel acknowledged, but you’ll end up with a plan to do something truly helpful to improve how you’re feeling.
— Betty Brackenridge

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DIABETease: A lighter look at the serious subject of diabetes by Theresa Garnero, APRN, BC-ADM, MSN, CDE 2010 Published by Imprint Books, 2003. US$16.99 paperback, $33.98 hardcover. ISBN 1594570116.

DIABETease is a collection of diabetes-related cartoons by diabetes nurse Theresa Garnero. The 60-page book is an uplifting reminder to everyone living with diabetes that humor can be found in all aspects of life, including diabetes care. Readers of Diabetes Interview magazine will recognize Garnero’s work, as it has frequently appeared there. Garnero donates half of her profits from sale of DIABETease to diabetes research organizations.

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Diabesity by Fran Kaufman, M.D 2005 Published by Bantam Books (Random House). $27 hardcover. ISBN 0553803840.

Diabesity by Fran Kaufman, M.D., is more than just a book about the epidemic of type 2 diabetes brought on by the epidemic of obesity. In the first third of the book, Dr. Kaufman introduces us to her family and its history, and she discusses people she’s known with type 1 and type 2 diabetes. Sadly, she covers the many complications and problems that can occur when diabetes isn’t well controlled. But the focus of the book is on the combined problem of type 2 diabetes brought on by obesity, especially in children. Dr. Kaufman examines our genetic heritage that puts us all at risk, especially when combined with the way we eat (fast food and larger portion sizes) and sedentary lifestyle. Reading Diabesity is like sitting down and chatting with Fran for hours about her passion — helping people with diabetes to live as well as possible. And I’m up for that anytime.

— Jeff Hitchcock

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Dare to Dream: Flying Solo With Diabetes by Douglas Cairns 2005 Published by Albyne Press. $16.95. ISBN 0954992903.

“You are a diabetic, and you were a pilot.” With those words, Douglas Cairns’ career as an RAF fighter pilot came to an abrupt end. But his love of flying never waned. Several years later, after learning that the US will grant a pilot’s license to people with type 1 diabetes, Douglas headed to America to return to doing what he loved — flying. And fly he did. Beginning in Omaha, Nebraska on September 24, 2002, Douglas, along with a safety pilot, flew around the world in 159 days. Dare to Dream is a fabulous story of this flight and the challenges associated with flying a small plane around the world. It’s also a testament to one person’s refusal to take no for an answer in the face of diabetes, and a reminder to all of us that being diagnosed with diabetes does not mean you have to put your dreams aside.

Jeff Hitchcock

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