Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Book Review: Until There Is A Cure By Gary Scheiner

It's no secret that the book that saved my sanity and taught me much about Diabetes 101 was Gary Scheiner's 'Think Like A Pancreas'.  Written in 2004, the book was perfect for the diagnosis of my youngest daughter in 2006.  From Gary's writings, I learned much of everything that I now subscribe to in terms of pumping insulin, making settings changes and even discovering how nutrition, excercise and growth impact blood sugars.  If you haven't read the book, RUN TO THE STORE AND BUY IT!!!  Or click here to find a link for ordering.

After so many years of reading (and re-reading), I was discovering that my beloved, frayed and dog-eared copy wasn't enough.  I wanted more.  Something along the lines of Diabetes 102.

A few weeks ago, Gary Scheiner released 'Until There Is A Cure, The Latest and Greatest In Diabetes Self-Care'. 

The title is pretty awesome, don't you think?  A book that has every bit of hope that I have in recognizing that while we wait for a cure, we need to take care of ourselves to the best of our ability.  After reading it, I was instantly hooked.   This is EXACTLY how the Naturally Sweet Sisters has been approaching type 1 diabetes. 

As Gary writes in his forward, the new book is all about keeping up with the numerous amount of changes that the DOC has seen in recent years; like changing therapies, changing technologies, even changing management styles.  In comparison, he refers to his early dx years as the "stone age".  Honestly, looking back on our first six years, I can see exactly what he means.  What's even more likely is that if we don't understand how fast our care options are evolving, we might not ever get out of the stone age.

Gary's book is so up-to-date that there is even a reference to the smallest blood sugar meter on the market, the iBG Star (review here) as well as a deeper understanding of the difference in fast acting insulins such as Humalog, Apidra and Novolog.  Did you know that there is abolutely no peak in Apidra and that it is out of your system in less than 3 hours?  Or that Novolog can last for up to five hours or that Humalog, the most expensive of the three, also needs 10-20 minutes to start working? 

This book reads like a good reference manual.  Already, my copy is showing signs of dog-ears.  I can't help it.  I have to go back and re-read sections again and again because with type 1 diabetes, there is always something new to learn.

Thanks to Gary Scheiner for helping us discover all of that information in one fabulous book.

Please note:  I bought my copy on Amazon and you can find the link here.

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