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Book Review: Insulin Pumps and Continuous Glucose Monitoring October 3, 2012

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ADA’s new educational-resource book trends with the times – insulin pump and continuous glucose monitoring (CGM). For real people – not trial situations or the nonexistent perfect diabetic. Me being a real person, CGM user and new to the pumping world, I figured I could pick up some tips.

The book is a quick read and addressed topics from basic pump functionality to an artificial pancreas. The last quarter of the book presented information that long-time diabetics or long-time pump users might find useful. Much of the first three-quarters is basic diabetes knowledge. Many chapters included easy-to-use tabular information such as a suggested percentage change for a bolus dose based on the CGM arrow direction; or what level of diabetes-responsibility parents might expect from their child with diabetes at what age. The book kept ideas simple, explaining scientific ideas without diving too deeply into the science. I recognize that is a difficult task to accomplish and the authors succeeded.

The book discussed events that actual people with diabetes encounter, a refreshing consideration for educational material. For example, consider where your waistband is before you place an infusion site in that proximity. Or suggestions for pump settings during sex (new book topic anybody?). I would have liked to see more real-life examples; including how to better use both a pump and CGM together.

As a technical writer I read rather critically of professionally published material, and was not impressed by the writing quality throughout the book. As a long-time diabetic I found many general statements that conflicted with my personal experiences, which disassociated me from the book. YDMV. However the authors showed no preference or opinion regarding specific insulin pump or CGM companies, or features which might infer a preferred brand.

Title: Insulin Pumps and Continuous Glucose Monitoring
Author: Francine R. Kaufman, MD with Emily Westfall
Ideal Audience: Newly diagnosed patients and family regardless of their management system, people considering an insulin pump, educators (for example, school teachers) and general physicians
Read when: You have a spare rainy day or long travel periods.

Disclaimer: I responded to a post that offered this book at no cost to me, for review consideration but no compensation. As with all entries here, my comments and opinions are my own unless otherwise stated. I am not a medical professional. Contact your medical team regarding any health-related concerns, questions or changes.

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