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Using Insulin: Everything You Need for Success with Insulin [Paperback]

John Walsh , Ruth Roberts , Chandrasekhar Varma
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Resource March 24 2010
my 8 yr old son has been Type 1 Diabetic for the last 2 years. this book has helped me learn how to make changes in his insulin doses in a safe manner. it takes alot of the trial and error out of it! this book is so packed with information, you will want to re-read certain sections of it again and again. it's a wonderful resource!

i do hope that they will put out a new and revised edition soon, there was some information that simply didn't apply to us because the technology and treatment is advancing so rapidly.

definitely recommend!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars All you ever need to know about insulin use March 17 2008
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If you need to know everything about insulin use for diabetics then this is the book. It has charts, tables, calculations, explanations, diagrams,graphs, recommendations, etc. etc.

And, therein, lies the reason for my dropping one star.

For many simple laymen like me it's too much! The explanations are not watered down for easy understanding. The writing is clear and not too technical--but the sheer volume of information is overwhelming. Whenever I wanted an answer to a question there were no answers. Instead there was charts, tables, calculations (well, you read the list above).

For example, What is the best way to balance my long-term and rapid-action insulins? (I am type 2).I was aware of only these two types of insulin, but they discuss six different types. I am type 2 and thought that the only other type of diabetic was type 1. Wrong! They discuss type 1.5. Chapter 9, where I should be able to find my answer has 15 tables/charts and a lot of information. But no answer. Chaper 10 which talks of TDD requires you to do more calculations than a high school algebra class. Bottom line was that when I finished these two chapters I am sure I was thoroughly informed--but totally confused!

I repeat that the information is thorough and complete--but unless you are prepared to study, like you were preparing for your post-grad finals, you will find the information just too much.
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5.0 out of 5 stars If you want to control your diabetes with insulin (you, not your doctor or spouse or sunspots or the stars) start here! July 25 2005
By Tenpin Sitter - Published on Amazon.com
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.

Examples:

- 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.
33 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential Reference Sept. 7 2005
By T. Wessel - Published on Amazon.com
This book should be issued with each prescription for insulin that is written/filled in the U.S. It is absolutely the best material available written on a subject that can be complicated and daunting. "Using Insulin" is an essential requirement for anyone who has either just started insulin therapy or who has changed to a basal/bolus approach as the preferred DM treatment. "Using Insulin" will enable the reader to establish correct baseline and bolus dosing, especially with the newer insulins. I have used, and will use, this book to problem-solve various dosing and diet issues. It is an excellent problem solving guide with easy to understand calculations, formulas and strategies. This book is a valuable reference tool for diabetics. My only criticism is entirely subjective and has to deal with how technical information is written.
20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Insulin Bible April 12 2006
By M. Ingram - Published on Amazon.com
As a diabetes educator, (nurse) I have read this book and learned new information. It is written to be easily understood by anyone and provides basic insulin information. It goes on to walk one through intensive insulin management, step by step. I recommend this book to all of my patients on insulin or soon to start.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Everything you need to know, and more Oct. 23 2008
By Marte - Published on Amazon.com
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I wasn't sure about buying this book because I thought perhaps the information in it might be slightly out of date (it's copyright 2003). But I could not find any newer books that had the comprehensive information about using insulin that I needed, as a newly insulin dependent Type 2 diabetic. So I ordered the book, and oh boy am I glad I did! Yes, there is some slightly out of date information about the types of insulin available, but it doesn't matter. The book is clearly written and lays out exactly how insulin is put to best use. Couple this with the ADA's Complete Guide to Carb Counting and you've got an education!
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If you read one book on diabetes and insulin, make it this one Feb. 20 2010
By Andy in Washington - Published on Amazon.com
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I saw this book on my Doctor's bookshelf, and paged through it for a few minutes while waiting for my appointment to get started. Just by being there, and appearing to have been thumbed thorough was a good enough recommendation for me to buy the book.

I was glad I did.

The Good Points:

For some reason, there is never any shortage of diabetes guidebooks that seem to be made up of opinion, oversimplifications, mythology, and just plain incorrect or misleading information. This is not one of them.

The material is reasonably well organized, adequately referenced, and presented in a clear, concise and understandable manner

The book touches on the actual mechanics of how insulin works in the body, how different types of insulin work, and the mechanics and constraints of taking insulin.

The Bad Points:

This is not a mass-market book. It takes a little bit of work to read and understand it. While not a medical textbook, it is also not a Readers Digest 300-word article. Be prepared to spend some time reading and mastering the material.

Summary:

This is a great book to understand how the body uses insulin, and how to mimic the body's own control mechanisms to control blood glucose. By the time you are done with this book, you should expect to be able to design a program of insulin injections that will keep your glucose in control no matter your lifestyle or diet.

You would certainly want to do that under the supervision of your medical provider, but don't be surprised if your grasp of the subject is as good or better than your doctor-at least for how insulin relates to your specific situation.

I'd recommend this book to anyone diabetic, or anyone living with a diabetic.
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