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Recommend Reading on Insulin

Discussion in 'Ask A Question' started by Flora123, Oct 20, 2020.

  1. Flora123

    Flora123 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    So after a long time trying to sort my high BG despite eating practically no carbs, it looks like sadly I’m starting on a tiny dose of insulin next week. Are there any recommended books that are worth reading please. Thanks.
     
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    Rose22 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Hi, I’ve been on insulin for nearly 7 months now I think, I’m loosing track. I found this book really useful and very informative. Nicely written not overly medical or complex, for type 1 and insulin and daily living and managing it all.
    Take Control of Type 1 Diabetes A Comprehensive Guide to Self-Management and Staying Well
    David Cavan,
    I also read “think like a pancreas” which was good but a bit too American for me.
     
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    AloeSvea Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    I really liked this book below (I just cut and pasted the Goodreads blurb) when I was doing a massive read of everything diabetes I could get my hands on.

    "Think Like a Pancreas: A Practical Guide to Managing Diabetes with Insulin
    by
    Gary Scheiner

    Few diabetes books focus specifically on the day-to-day issues facing people who use insulin. In this fully updated and revised edition, diabetes educator Gary Scheiner provides the tools to “think like a pancreas”—to successfully master the art and science of matching insulin to the body’s ever-changing needs. Comprehensive, free of medical jargon, and packed with useful information not readily available elsewhere, this new edition covers the many strides taken in diabetes education and management since the first edition seven years ago.
    Think Like a Pancreas includes critical information, such as day-to-day blood glucose control and monitoring, designing an insulin program to best match your lifestyle, up-to date medication and technology, and new insulin formulations and combinations."
     
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    Flora123 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Thank you so much! They still think some sub section of T2 for me that insulin production dwindling. Which I thought was LADA but apparently not! So confusing ...
     
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    Flora123 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Thank you! Sounds like what I need.
     
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    AloeSvea Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    ert Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    The books that helped me are: Bernstein's Diabetes Solution, Ponder's Sugar Surfing, Bertie's online course: https://www.bertieonline.org.uk/
    I hope you feel like you get your life back on insulin.
     
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    Flora123 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Thank you. I’m nervous...
     
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    ert Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    My fear of insulin was much worse than the reality. I hope you try to get a Libre sensor and a Miao Miao or a Bubble which alarms. The technology takes the worry away. It catches my blood sugars on the way up and on the way down which gives me time to react.
     
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    Rose22 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Oh yes I agree, the Bertie online course is brilliant! Free just log in and full of information.
    Best of luck, maybe with more time it’ll become clearer what type you are. It took 4 years of me going from prediabetic, type 2 and then 2 years of lots meds and diet not working to finally getting antibodies tested and seeing I’m late onset type 1.
    I cried for 2 days when started insulin hehe but now it’s second nature, and I feel so much better when my numbers are lower, and that’s thanks to the insulin I can take with each meal, so after a bit of time you should feel more at ease with it all.
     
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    Rose22 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Oh what’s a bubble? I self fund a libre every now and then, they don’t seem to want to give me one on prescription?
     
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    Struma Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Bright Spots and Land Mines by Adam Brown
    Excellent, Available free online.

    edited 28th for correct surname.
     
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    #12 Struma, Oct 21, 2020 at 10:16 AM
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    ert Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    A bubble is a divide that works with the Libre, a competitor to Miao Miao. 'The bubble is an NFC transmitter that placed over Freestyle Libre® makes a reading of your blood glucose levels every 5 minutes and transmits it via Bluetooth to your mobile phone allowing you to manage your glucose levels and to set up hyper and hypoglycemia alerts via software.'
    https://bubbleshop.eu/product/bubble-freestyle-libre-glucose-monitor/

    I am funded for the Libre as I used 8 or more finger pricks a day for 3 months (and had sore fingers at the end of it.)
     
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    Flora123 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    @Struma Thank you. Where can you get it free? Everywhere seems to charge thanks.
     
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    AloeSvea Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Bright SPOTS ! Lol. I spent way too long wondering what a sot was :cat:

    And, couldn't find an Adam Brow - (BROWN) :D

    Looks like a good book...
     
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    Struma Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    I stuffed that up! Apologies for inconveniencing.

    @Flora123

    Main 'homes' appear to be Diabetes Daily and Diatribe.

    YouTube:
    https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=bright+spots+and+landmines+by+adam+brown

    Diatribe:
    https://brightspotsandlandmines.org/

    Alternate Diatribe:
    https://diatribe.org/GetBrightSpots

    UK Amazon + Kindle:
    https://www.amazon.co.uk/s?k=bright+spots+and+landmines+book&crid=2KS8QS9AZD4K2&sprefix=Bright+spots,aps,171&ref=nb_sb_ss_i_1_12
    well worth a buy in my opinion.

    Pinterest - has some of his graphics.
     
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    #16 Struma, Oct 28, 2020 at 1:45 AM
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    Flora123 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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