Book Review: Until There Is A Cure

by Leighann on March 11, 2013

Until There Is a Cure: The Latest and Greatest in Diabetes Self-Care

by Gary Scheiner

About the Book

Until There is a Cure Book

“The treatment of diabetes is ever-changing as technologies progress; as new medications are discovered, tested, and approved; and as researchers uncover breakthrough findings in the field of endocrinology.

In Until There Is a Cure: The Latest and Greatest in Diabetes Self-Care, respected Certified Diabetes Educator and author Gary Scheiner delivers the most up-to-date information and analysis on groundbreaking developments in the world of diabetes. Scheiner’s commentary is founded not only in his professional experiences and expertise as an educator, but also in over 25 years of successfully managing his own type 1 diabetes.

Until There Is a Cure: The Latest and Greatest in Diabetes Self-Care is the perfect book for people with diabetes, their spouses, friends, and families, diabetes educators, or healthcare professionals who require the most current, relevant information on advancements in diabetes research, technologies, and treatments.”

My Thoughts

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.

Chapters include:

  • 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.

Purchase Until There Is a Cure: The Latest and Greatest in Diabetes Self-Care by Gary Scheiner from my affiliate Amazon.

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Links to bookstores are affiliate links and are provided so that you can find the books easily. I personally utilize the public library quite a bit, especially for audiobooks and fiction. 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. Please read the disclosure statement regarding affiliate links. Book descriptions are taken directly from the book or from online sources.

{ 33 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Michelle Carlson March 11, 2013 at 8:33 am

My “go-to” book about diabetes is Think Like A Pancreas by Gary. I would love to win his latest book, Until There Is a Cure.


2 Heather L March 11, 2013 at 8:50 am

Think Like a Pancreas is totally my go to book as well! The more information I have, the better I feel. 🙂


3 Becky Wardle March 11, 2013 at 8:55 am

Think like a pancreas. Would love his new book so I can hear how to strike the spike and his take on cgm


4 Marjorie March 11, 2013 at 9:33 am

We just started pumping last week. My go to book right now is pumping insulin, however I have started reading Think like a Pancreas. I also have Kids first, Diabetes Second in my library as well to read. Would love to add Until there is a cure.


5 Elissa March 11, 2013 at 9:43 am

I really like the mathematical information and analysis in Pumping Insulin by John Walsh. Even my 14 year old can follow the charts and math to “tweak” her dosages.


6 Marjorie Cooney March 11, 2013 at 9:52 am

I’ve blogged about the giveaway.


7 Marjorie Cooney March 11, 2013 at 9:52 am

…and facebooked about it.
Good Luck everyone 🙂


8 Anna F. March 11, 2013 at 10:04 am

My go to D book is Think Like a Pancreas. When my daughter was dx at 21 mos (3 yrs ago), I knew the symptoms from the same MASH episode that Gary mentions in his book!


9 Katie Huesers March 11, 2013 at 10:22 am

I often refer to Think Like a Pancreas. I would love to read his new book, and like other d-moms, figure out a better plan for after breakfast spikes. 🙂


10 Lisa L March 11, 2013 at 10:30 am

“Think Like a Pancreas” is my go-to book. Will definitely be reading his new one, whether I win it or purchase it.


11 Jessica P March 11, 2013 at 10:39 am

My go to book is also Think Like a Pancreas, but I’m very interested in reading about the post-prandial spike as well for my 7 year old.


12 Jessica P March 11, 2013 at 10:39 am

I facebook’d about it. 🙂


13 Jessica P March 11, 2013 at 10:41 am

Tweeted it. 🙂


14 Karen Czerwinski March 11, 2013 at 10:46 am

Definitely use Gary’s updated Think Like a Pancreas for basal testing and pump adjustments, but also like the ADA’s book Ten Keys to Helping Your Child Grow Up with Diabetes for some emotional guidance.


15 Diane March 11, 2013 at 10:51 am

I don’t really have a go-to D book yet. I am reading (in my spare time ha!) Kids First, Diabetes Second right now and have Think Like a Pancreas right next to it on my bedside table! Here’s hoping to get Until There is a Cure to add to my collection!


16 Tamara (Mom of 10 year-old dd with T1D) March 11, 2013 at 11:02 am

I’d love to win this book. My “go-to” for info. is the web. There’s a plethora of blogs, forums, and websites from which I get information.


17 Katie March 11, 2013 at 11:56 am

Mine would have to be Think Like a Pancreas and I read a lot on the web. As we are only 7 months into our diabetes journey I have not read many other books than that. Thanks for the chance to win, this book looks really good!


18 Alisha grant March 11, 2013 at 11:58 am

I’m always looking for new books to read about diabetes. One of my favorites right now is “a guide to rasing a child with diabetes”. Along with a few others. I can’t wait to read the other recommended books. Thanks


19 Allene Taylor March 11, 2013 at 3:13 pm

Think Like a Pancreas has always been my main source of info for my own family as well as recommended reading to others.


20 Suzanne March 11, 2013 at 3:38 pm

Hands down, it’s Think Like a Pancreas. Nothing beats comprehensive talk from someone who walks the walk- plus, he has a nice sense of humor : )


21 Bonnie March 11, 2013 at 3:51 pm

My favorite go to book is Think Like a Pancreas so I would love a copy of his new book:)


22 suzanne n March 11, 2013 at 4:21 pm

unfortunately, I don’t have a go-to book, :-(. I’m going to check out Think Like A Pancreas though since so many here recommend it.


23 Aimee Croatti March 11, 2013 at 10:24 pm

Think Like a Pancreas was the first book I bought when my 4 year old daughter was diagnosed last year. I love his wit and wisdom! I hear ya about the post-breakfast spike and tank – my daughter does the same thing and it’s so frustrating. Would love to have Gary’s new book in my ever-expanding D-library!


24 Karen March 12, 2013 at 12:56 am

My first book to read ( other than the pink panther book they gave us at diagnosis!) was Kids First, Diabetes Second. I felt much better, encouraged after reading that. But yes, then I read Think Like a Pancreas and thought it was great as far as helping with fine tuning. Will love to read his new one!


25 Candace March 12, 2013 at 1:00 pm

I currently do not have a “go to” book and would really love to have this book to add to my resources. I have heard many wonderful things about it and need a copy for myself. I am planning to pick up Think Like a Pancreas this weekend. Thanks for letting me know about this wonderful book!!


26 Candace March 12, 2013 at 1:04 pm

Just tweeted about this giveaway!!


27 Candace March 12, 2013 at 1:06 pm

I just posted about this giveaway on my Facebook page!!


28 Jane March 13, 2013 at 2:23 pm

I would love to read this please..


29 Jane March 13, 2013 at 2:36 pm

Oops forgot my go-to book .. I like Your Diabetes Science Experiment now that we are starting to work more out for ourselves. My most recommended book for newly diagnosed is “Sweet Kids – How to Balance Diabetes Control with Good Nutrition with Family Peace”


30 Stacy March 14, 2013 at 6:15 am

My go to diabetes book is Think Like a Pancreas. 🙂


31 Dori March 15, 2013 at 8:48 pm

My go to diabetes book has always been Gary’s Think Like a Pancreas. I’ve read it cover to cover several times and whenever I need a refresher I grab it off the bookshelf. Would love to read his new one!


32 kathy obrien June 27, 2013 at 8:41 pm

Hi – just found this site and it looks chock full of great info – my 10 yr old son just diagnosed 6 months ago. I actually met Gary at the JDRF in Jan 2013 at a lunch/learn ,, guess i had good timing if there is such a thing. I read Think Like a Pancreas – great stuff. Based on above, I will pick up Kids, First, Diabetes Second now. Thank you !


33 Leighann July 5, 2013 at 8:45 am

Thanks for stopping by!

Think Like a Pancreas if my go-to book. Let me know what you think of Kids First.


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