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4.0 out of 5 stars Better insulin management,
This review is from: Pumping Insulin: Everything You Need for Success on a Smart Insulin Pump (Paperback)I got this book as a guide to insulin-pump management before actually going on a pump (which I hope is imminent), so my comments are not based on actually using a pump yet.
After over 40 years of diabetes I still learnt a great deal about the condition, and the difficulty of controlling it, and what an insulin pump can and cannot be expected to achieve. It seems to cover all aspects - insulin, carbohydrates, glucose, exercise, diabetes in children, in pregnancy, etc. I even found out things like why I go high after eating lots of nuts (protein is converted to glucose), which has always been puzzling. Everyone has their own varying metabolism, but this book gives the reader all that is needed to begin working out how to deal with the many aspects of control.
I give four rather than five stars just because the book has not been adapted for the European market. As so often, the Americans have to be different in matters like the units used to measure glucose - the mmol/L equivalent, used everywhere else in the world, is often (not always) given, but it is a pain ploughing through all the mg measurements; likewise, all body weights are given in pounds instead of the international kg. It is also frustrating to read of the latest drugs available in US (Symlin in particular) which are unlikely to appear here any time soon. But these things aren't the author's fault.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Must have guide to pumping,
This review is from: Pumping Insulin: Everything You Need for Success on a Smart Insulin Pump (Paperback)This book is excellent and I would recommended it to anyone who is thinking of, or is new to, using the insulin pump. It has lots of useful information and topics can be 'dipped' into as and when needed. It was recommended to me by fellow pump users and I'm certainly glad I took their advice. Highly recommended.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Bible for Pumpers,
This review is from: Pumping Insulin: Everything You Need for Success on a Smart Insulin Pump (Paperback)If you use an insulin pump and haven't yet read this book from cover to cover you are aimlessly flailing around in the dark. Even if you know everything there is to know about Diabetes you will still learn something new. Ignore previous reviews which say the American units make it hard to understand; this version has all UK/Canadian conversions printed. Buy this book and reduce your HbA1C now!
P.S. I have no connection with the author or publisher whatsoever (!), I just wish I had read this book when I started on the pump months ago...
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding work,
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely superb - a must-have guide,
I have been a type 1 diabetic on insulin since early 1972 - a long time. I first tried a pump in the mid 1980s and I did not like it. This put me off for many years - a possibly costly mistake because the technology has moved on a very long way. I fitted a pump in early September 2010 and it has absolutely revolutionised my approach to my diabetes care. Blood sugar results have greatly improved, I have lost weight, etc etc. I recommend 'pumping' to anyone with type 1 diabetes.
However the learning curve has been very steep. It is as if I have had to begin all over again. This book has been a constant companion throughout that time. I have it with me as I type this, for instance. It is an absolute goldmine of information and tips. I have no complaints about my diabetic care from my consultant and the diabetes specialist nurses, but this book provides better down to earth advice even than they do. For instance, working out how to monitor blood sugar to get meaningful results, figuring out how to avoid hypoglycaemic reactions (after nearly 40 years you might think that this would be easy but I had never been told, for instance, that one low blood sugar makes another the next day much more likely) and practically what to do with the pump to minimise the likelihood, how to calculate exercise carbohydrates, etc, etc.
My only regret is that I did not get the book before starting the pump. Not necessarily saying that I would have chosen a different pump, but there are questions from the book that I would have liked to have asked earlier.
One point. A reviewer says that the measurements are all in American units. Perhaps that reviewer was looking at an earlier version of the book? Because my edition consistently uses both sets of measures - weight, blood glucose, etc. So absolutely no problem there at all.
I'd go further and say that this is among the very best instructional manuals I have ever read. It gives basic tips and procedures for estimating by how much (for instance) to adjust insulin basal rate (you simply cannot expect to leave this to the medical staff because it varies too much from day to day to leave it to the professionals, IMHO). But it also goes deep enough to keep you interested for a very long time.
A book like this will actually save lives I think. I cannot rate it highly enough. I wish I could give an extra star!
5.0 out of 5 stars If you have a pump, you need this book,
Although the book is aimed largely at adult patients, most of the information is relevant to children as well.
There is a lot of detail which may be too much for some people, but it's worth persevering. It is well written and covers almost every scenario you can imagine. I totally agree with the review by stuck79 "If you use an insulin pump and haven't yet read this book from cover to cover you are aimlessly flailing around in the dark".
I understand there is a new edition (June 2012) out now which might contain more up to date information on the newer insulin pumps.
4.0 out of 5 stars Pumping Insulin,
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Pumping Insulin: Everything You Need for Success on a Smart Insulin Pump by Ruth Roberts (Paperback - 30 July 2006)
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