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Converging Hope: 67 Years Surviving Diabetes by William J. David, Ph.D. 2005 Published by Xlibris Corporation. $22.99 paperback. ISBN 1413471927.

William David was diagnosed with diabetes before home glucose monitoring, before insulin pumps, before NPH insulin. Yet today, 67 years after being diagnosed in 1938 at the age of seven, he has four children, three grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, and has led a life that has helped emotionally troubled kids. In Converving Hope, David helps us to understand the challenges that all people with diabetes face, notably the deep fear of hypoglycemia, a theme that pervades the book. David writes in an easy to read style that conveys well what it is like to grow up with diabetes.

As a parent, it’s often difficult to appreciate fully what it means to live with diabetes. David’s book, like some others, offers us a chance to peek inside the mind of someone who has lived longer with and seen more advances in diabetes than anyone we are ever likely to meet. As a bonus, 50% fo the profits from the sale of the book will be donated to diabetes charities.

Jeff Hitchcock

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The Complete Diabetes Organizer: Your Guide to a Less Stressful and More Manageable Diabetes Life by Susan Weiner and Leslie Josel 2013 Published by Spry Publishing, 2013. $19.95, spiral hard back. ISBN-13 978-1938170263.

Living well with diabetes takes work — sometimes a lot of work — whether you have diabetes, your child has diabetes, or your partner has diabetes. Susan Weiner and Leslie Josel bring us The Complete Diabetes Organizer: Your Guide to a Less Stressful and More Manageable Diabetes Life, which can help you get your diabetes care tasks organized to make them easier and less stressful. Chapters cover aspects of food (kitchen and pantry), workplace issues, parenting challenges, organizing paperwork and records, travel, and holiday issues. Sprinkled thoughout the easy-to-read book are wonderful notes from people living with type 1, offering tidbits and suggestions for fitting diabetes into your life. With all that is involved in living well with type 1 diabetes, The Complete Diabetes Organizer is just the right tool to help you get on top of your diabetes care.

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Clinical Management of the Child and Teenager with Diabetes by Leslie Plotnick, M.D. and Randi Henderson 1998 Published by The Johns Hopkins University Press. US$24.95 (paperback). ISBN 0-8018-5909-3.

Clinical Management of the Child and Teenager with Diabetes, authored by a pediatric endocrinologist from The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, is an excellent overview of the clinical management of diabetes in kids and teenagers. Written for primary care physicians and other health care providers, the book is completely understandable by parents and older kids. Each chapter includes helpful case studies that illustrate specific aspects of care. The content is up to date, with information about Humalog, advice about eating sweets (it’s okay, just cover with insulin), and the correct approach to blood sugar readings (they are not “good” or “bad,” but rather “in target,” “low,” or “high). There’s even a chapter on personal perspectives written by kids and their parents. Overall, Clinical Management of the Child and Teenager with Diabetes would make an excellent addition to your diabetes library, or the library of your doctor.

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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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Caring for Children with Diabetes by Belinda Childs, R.N. 1990 Published by the American Diabetes Association, 1990. ISBN 0-945448-14-7.

While parents might find this book too short in detail, Caring for Children with Diabetes is the best book for teachers and daycare providers who have a child with diabetes in their class. The book contains clear, simple explanations of diabetes, hypoglycemia, school lunches (and those hidden sugars!), snacks and extra food requirements prior to strenuous exercise. Every parent of a school-aged child should have a copy of this book to lend to teachers at the beginning of each school year.

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A Child in Your Care has Diabetes, 3rd Edition by Elisa Hendel 2005 Published by Hen House Press, 2005. ISBN 0971861218. US$27.95.

A Child in Your Care has Diabetes is a collection of charts, logs, and checklists for parents to use with schools and child care providers. After copying pages from the book (save the book as a master), you’ll fill in the particulars of your child’s needs. Included is a staff meeting checklist to help you cover everything, testing results and instructions, field trip guidance, what to do at class parties, and many other forms that every child with diabetes needs — even insulin pump information. If your child with diabetes attends school or day care, a book like A Child in Your Care has Diabetes can help you get organized. Highly Recommended

The book can be purchased directly from the author from the Hen House press web site. Also available in an English/Spanish edition (ISBN 0971861226, $34.95).

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Brown Bag Success: Making Healthy Lunches Your Kids Won’t Trade by Sandra K. Nissenberg, MS, RD and Barbara N. Pearl, MS, RD 1997 Published by John Wiley & Sons. US$9.95. ISBN 1-56561-123-3.

You send your child with diabetes off to school each day, lunch in hand. If you’re like most parents, you worry about whether or not your child will actually eat what you’ve packed. In Brown Bag Success, you’ll learn how to select foods that get eaten rather than traded or thrown out. You’ll also receive helpful hints about how to make lunchtime more interesting for your child. Each of the 84 recipies has complete nutritional information, including carbohydrates and exchanges, to help you plan your child’s diet. (A personal favorite is Graham Cracker Peanut Butter and Banana Sandwich.) Highly recommended for parents with school-aged children with diabetes.

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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, 2015. 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.

The complete text of the 12th edition is online.

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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, 2015. 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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Cheating Destiny by James S. Hirsch 2010 Published by Houghton Mifflin, 2006. Hardcover, 307 pages. $25.00 ISBN 0-618-51461-9. Paperback (2007) ISBN 061891899X, $14.95.

“My son is thirsty.” So begins Cheating Destiny, Jim Hirsch’s amazing book about living with type 1 diabetes, being the parent of a child with diabetes, the diabetes industry today, the cost to the US of type 1 and type 2 diabetes, islet cell transplantation, stem cell research, the maddening nature of US healthcare, and so much more. Hirsch is a captivating writer, and as the parent of a child with diabetes, I feel a special kinship to him — he too has a child with diabetes. He has also lived most of his life with type 1 diabetes. His book is a must read for everyone whose life includes diabetes. You’ll learn more than you could have imagined. And if you, like Jim and I, have a child with diabetes, be prepared for a deeply emotional experience. Highly Recommended.

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