Book Review

Book Review

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UNTIL THERE IS A CURE The Latest and Greatest in Diabetes Self-Care

Gary Scheiner, MS, CDE, is one of my favourite “diabetes authors”.   As he points out in his new book, UNTIL THERE IS A CURE The Latest and Greatest in Diabetes Self-Care, there are literally hundreds of diabetes web sites, blogs and databases, so it’s pretty much impossible to stay up-to-date with them all; you need to pick your favourites and zone in.  Whenever I see Gary’s name attached to anything I make sure I read it and I always learn something.  His article, “Strike the Spike II”¹, helped me to understand and avoid the dangers of post-meal sugar surges better than anything else.  He explains things well and is a straight shooter – no pun intended!  He has been a Type 1 diabetic for more than 25 years so his first hand experience is much appreciated.

Gary’s approach to diabetes self-management is what I like best about him.  He advocates learning all we can because “each of us must have the know-how to take care of ourselves on a daily basis”.   We cannot sit back and wait six months to see our Endocrinologists to find out how we are doing with our sugars – we need to know right now.  Learning all you can from books like this will help you take better care of yourself every day.  It will also help you be better prepared for the next visit to a member of your health care team.   Nutrition, physical activity and emotional health are described as the cornerstones of self-care and there is much to learn from his material.  There is also a wealth of information about glucose monitoring including how to make good use of the information we collect.  Information is power and blood sugar testing is where it all begins.  As diabetics we need to know what that extra portion of pasta did to our blood sugar, just as we need to know the effect of 20 extra minutes of exercise.  Experimenting and testing before and after is the only way.

If you want to know the latest in diabetes research and management, have a thorough review of diabetes medications, insulin and insulin delivery, glucometers, continuous glucose monitors, pumps, etc., this is the book for you.  I thoroughly enjoyed it and I keep going back to it because it is packed with valuable reference information (see all the sticky-notes).  I highly recommend it.  Staying up-to-date is an important aspect of diabetes self-management; we need to know who and what is out there to help us – until there is a cure that is!

Gary Scheiner, UNTIL THERE IS A CURE The Latest and Greatest in Diabetes Self-Care (Ann Arbor, Michigan: Spry Publishing LLC, 2013).

¹Gary Scheiner, “Strike the Spike II, Dealing with High Blood Glucose After Meals”, Diabetes Self Management Articles, January 14, 2011, http://www.diabetesselfmanagement.com/articles/high-blood-glucose/strike-the-spike-ii/all/

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