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Think Like a Pancreas: A Practical Guide to Managing Diabetes with Insulin [Paperback]

Gary Scheiner , Barry Goldstein
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May 15 2004 Marlowe Diabetes Library
There are dozens of books about managing diabetes, but none focuses specifically on using insulin. Now, in Think Like a Pancreas, certified diabetes educator and type 1 insulin user Gary Scheiner gives readers everything they need to know to "think like a pancreas," i.e., to successfully master the art of matching insulin to the body's ever-changing needs. A comprehensive, supremely practical guide free of medical mumbo jumbo, Think Like a Pancreas discusses day-to-day blood glucose controland monitoring; measuring and matching insulin to carbohydrate intake; the pluses and minuses of different insulin-delivery methods; hypoglycemia; exercise; the impact of emotions, stress, and illness; and the dozens of other issues that everyone taking insulin needs to master. A book that is long overdue, this first-ever, indispensable, all-in-one resource will enlighten and inspire the four million people whose lives and well-being depend on daily insulin intake.

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DiabetesMine.com, 2/21/12
Think Like a Pancreas covers essentially anything and everything you’d need to know about living with diabetes.”

About.com, 3/1/12
“This highly practical, humorous, and detailed guide covers it all.”
Eat Healthy, Live Well (blog), 3/8/12
“In his down-to-earth approach he offers a plethora of innovative out-of-the-box tips for taking care of the everyday, literal and figurative, ups and downs of diabetes using insulin…a terrific addition to your diabetes bookshelf.”
 
Library Journal, 3/29/12
“Striking a balance between a casual and professional tone, Scheiner presents this material in an approachable manner…Recommended for public and consumer health libraries, especially those with the first edition.”

HealthCentral.com, 8/21/12
“So readable that I found myself wanting to read every word of it when I picked it up with the intention of just skimming through it…The best guidance anywhere for people using insulin or thinking about it.”
--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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<B>Gary Scheiner, MS, CDE,</B> is a certified diabetes educator, insulin-pump user and trainer, and exercise physiologist. He serves on the board of directors of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and lives in Pennsylvania. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars like your car's owner's manual... only better Dec 22 2008
Format:Paperback
I have been type I for 23 years and gone through pretty much every book, course and lecture from the many "expert diabetes educators" out there and nothing, absolutely nothing has proved as useful as this book. My son is now in his second year with type I and this book has been a life-saver. Not too technical, limited math needed but every major aspect of diabetes management is covered. Add a book on carb counting and you're set.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Think Like a Pancreas March 28 2011
By Pauline
Format:Paperback
This is a well put together book about using insulin in diabetes. It is clear and covers so many things that influence blood glucose levels in diabetics. It is readable and straight forward. This book empowers the diabetic to take control of their disease and conquer it.

The one complaint I do have is the units...when will the United States join the rest of the word and use standardized units, it would make life so much simpler.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A new recommended must-have for diabetics Sept. 29 2004
By Elizabeth J. Woolley - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I am the editor of Diabetic Mommy Online Magazine. I have lots of diabetes books in my personal library and there are a select few that I am always recommending to members on my site. This one is now at the top of my list of essential diabetes books for insulin users, both syringe and pump users.

I found this book at my local library. I thought it had a catchy title and took it home. Cute title aside, this book took me by total surprise. It is now on my wish-list because it will make a tremendous difference in my self-management plus I want to mark this baby up with notes.

If you have diabetes, you might be like me...you read in books and hear organizations stressing self-management however your own healthcare team won't give you enough information to make corrections on your own so you are still dependent on them for every single little adjustment. Busy schedules for all parties mean that a simple correction can be a hassle and a long wait.

This book is not intended to be a replacement for your healtcare team, don't get me wrong, but it provides you with enough information so that you will not be totally helpless and you will have more knowledge to work WITH your team rather than just be the recipient of instructions.

This book covers many topics: Why diabetics need to be in control of their glucose levels, history of diabetes, insulin basics, tips, various methods of insulin dosing, having diabetes in the "real" world, hypo/hyperglycemia, resources, forms, and easy formulas for personalizing your insulin doses and timing, etc. It is the most detailed and clear book on the subject I have seen yet.

Something else this book has going for it is great clear writing and the unavoidable good-humor of the author. He really made me chuckle. If you are a pop-culture fan like me...and you recognize the phrase, "Hi, I'm Larry, this is my brother Darryl and this is my other brother Darryl," Then you'll feel right at home with this book!

I also found very interesting facts that I didn't know before - such as mind work lowers your glucose levels and that caffeine effects your glucose levels.

The only slight problem I had was that the author seems to be a man who really loves sports - while I am a woman who really does not! Many of his analogies use sporting examples which most of the time leave me pretty clueless. In addition, he definitely communicates "man-style." He uses very visual-type examples and explanations.

For example, I feel if the author were to give my husband and I driving directions, my husband would understand right away and take off. (He wouldn't necesarrily find the place - haha) I, on the other hand, would have to review the info, ask for landmarks, and make some notes. (I would find it for sure!)

While the book gives detailed and complete information, I would have found a little summarizing in the form of a cheat sheet would have been fantastic. Worksheets to enter your information and make up your personal plan would be great too. He does have helpful log sheets in the book.

As a result of reading this book, I feel more empowered regarding my ability to troubleshoot and correct. And it will open up a dialogue with my healthcare team and possibly start a battle with my insurance company. I found in my own personal case (and everyone is different), I would probably do best with a pump. In lieu of that, long-acting, short-acting AND an occasional intermediate acting insulin via syringes would be good too. I would feel confident enough to make the suggestions to my team, but I don't know how realistic it would be for them to provide me with all three different types of insulin. I woudn't hold my breath for a pump either!

In spite of this, I still give the book 5 stars because I feel it is so valuable and there is more than enough information for me to make my own info sheets and make suggestions for my care.
29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Think like a Pancreas Jan. 4 2007
By Joan L. Whinston - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I have been a diabetic for over twenty-eight years and have read many books on diabetes through the years. This book , has by far, been the most informative, easiest to comprehend, and I found it quite fascinating. There are many new things to learn. A definite read for any diabetic who wants to keep on top of things. Gary Scheiner really understands the needs of the diabetic. He provides them with skill, knowledge and real integrity. Thank you.

J. Whinston, Cherry Hill, NJ
34 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly a Godsend for Diabetics Oct. 20 2005
By Carol Tierney - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This is the best money you'll ever spend towards better health and lifestyle if you or a loved one has diabetes. Every practical detail of being in control of your diabetes, eating exactly what you want, when you want to (like "normal" people). He tells you how to match your insulin to your food instead of matching your food to your insulin without being an angel. When your doctor calls you with your A1C results you'll no longer hear the catch-all, meaningless "Watch Your Diet Better". Instead you will hear "Fantastic!", Keep Up the Good Work!, " AND you will feel like a million bucks - You'll be surprised at just how good normal feels again.
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars tells it like it is Aug. 5 2005
By K. Dillon - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This book is credible because the author has researched the facts and has the disease. No laundry list of simple steps but rather a realistic discussion of the many frustrations associated with diabetes, the proactive actions recommended make sense without making it sound easy to achieve. Since this is the reality of diabetes management, the book's tone engages the reader who is has realized this will take commitment but wants to know there is a plan that works.
15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good introduction to diabetes self-care June 30 2006
By Dr Iris Bell - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This book is a great overview of the basics on how to deal with using insulin. At the same time, there are a lot of individualized issues for staying out of trouble that each diabetic learns with time for him/herself that the book doesn't quite get to. With the upcoming availability of continuous sensors for blood sugar monitoring in conjunction with fingerstick testing, this field is going soon to expand into a whole new world of improved management that will require the next edition. I'd recommend this edition right now, though, for a thorough start.
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