I'm an adult, and about two years ago, I was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes.
On my first-ever trip to an endocrinologist, I
-Practiced three times sticking a syringe into a round sponge
-Was told to take 3 units of insulin 3 times daily
-Was blessed and told "go thou out and be diabetic" (more or less)
This book is largely responsible for the fact that I did not perish after this thorough instruction, but instead have pretty good control (~6 A1C).
What I find most stands out about it is that it puts the responsibility for control where it exists in reality: the mind and body of the person living with diabetes. The tool for control is good data. This approach, and the direct and friendly voice of the author, helps it avoid being judgemental, or feeling as though the author is an omnipotent doctor helping a poor diabetic. This does not make it a useful book however, only a positive read.
What makes it useful, and the best book on using insulin I have encountered is its focus on the practical, on what works, and on results.
- Focuses first on controlling lows (immediate safety), then on highs (long-term health)
- Stresses the importance of consistent data gathering, and even periodically testing my body's response to my basal insulin, which I have found to be central to my control from day to day.
- Teaches insulin uptake response and peaks, helping to be watchful for lows and highs and to understand blood glucose cause and effect
- Establishes key relationships between weight, carb response, insulin response and correction dosages that allowed me to control more closely, and correct more accurately when needed.
If I ever meet the authors of this book I will kiss them. And my spouse might, too.