I frequently recommend Think Like a Pancreas by CDE Gary Scheiner for people wanting to learn more about managing their child’s diabetes. It’s my go-to book when I do basal testing or begin looking at my daughter’s insulin:carb ratios. What I like about the book is that the sections stand alone…I find myself re-reading some of the sections over and over.
When I wrote the book Kids First, Diabetes Second, I knew I wanted to include some of Gary’s wisdom. He graciously agreed to write the sidebar on glycemic index. In the simplest of terms, glycemic index is how quickly a food is converted to sugar or fuel in the body. Gary explains it much better than I could!
A little background on Gary, he is a certified diabetes educator and founder of Integrated Diabetes Services. Interestingly, his group sees many of their patients by Skype or e-mail consultation! Gary has been living with type 1 diabetes for over 25 years and has tried every single meter, CGM, and pump out there. He is not only knowledgeable, but has first hand experience. Gary also gives many presentations at conferences each year.
I say time and again that I think it’s important to keep our children in the best of health for the time if/when there is a true cure for diabetes. Gary’s book Until There is a Cure is founded on exactly that premise: let’s do the best we can with the current and emerging technologies, medicines, and approaches in diabetes care.
In reading the book, I found some sections to be review for me personally. But I do a lot of reading on the subject. This is a great overview for those new to diabetes or those who maybe have been a little hands off and want to learn what’s available in diabetes care right now. I really appreciate that Gary has included the names of the current meters, pumps, CGMs, and insulins on the market right now.
- Until There is a Cure…
- The Cornerstones of Diabetes Care
- Medication Innovations
- Monitoring and More
- Advances in Fighting Complications
- The Latest Resources
Gary includes lots of resources at the end of the book from organizations to blogs (this one included).
It’s always difficult to read about possible complications that our children might have down the road. But knowledge is power. And like Gary says, until there is a cure, let’s take care of our d-kiddos and empower them to take care of themselves, so that they are in great health.
I greatly appreciated his section on postprandrial blood sugar spikes. We have really struggled with the post-breakfast spike. Q tends to spike high and then tank. She can go from being in range when she wakes up, eclipse 300, and tank into the 50’s! Not so great when this is happening during school, either.
I have read that blood sugars shouldn’t spike above 180…yeah, right! I always suspected that this is for adults, not little kids like my own. Gary provides a chart by age of what your post-meal blood sugar goal should be. (For Q it’s less than 225 mg/dl.) He gives more than 10 strategies to strike the spike and we’re giving one of them a try with pretty good results. We’re still fine-tuning, but I’m happy to say she hasn’t been above 225 mid-morning all week.
Until There Is a Cure: The Latest and Greatest in Diabetes Self-Care is a good introduction to current treatments, medicines, and d-technology. Even being a seasoned d-mom myself, I learned a thing or two. I would also say that while the book is probably geared more towards type 1 diabetes, people with type 2 diabetes who are on insulin may find it valuable as well.
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Disclosure: This book is published by Spry Publishing, who also published my book Kids First, Diabetes Second. Spry provided me with a copy of the book for review consideration. Monetary compensation was not received for this post and opinions are my own. Please read my disclosure statement.