Think Like a Pancreas: A Practical Guide to Managing Diabetes with Insulin--Completely Revised and Updated
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Think Like a Pancreas: A Practical Guide to Managing Diabetes with Insulin--Completely Revised and Updated

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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
Paperback, 320 pages
Published January 24th 2012 by Da Capo Lifelong Books (first published June 6th 2004)
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I was happily surprised to discover that there was a new edition available. The original Think Like a Pancreas is on my all-time best books list and should be required reading for anyone that spends a lot of their time masquerading as a pancreas.

I haven't compared the two editions to see what changed or what content is new. I try to read this at least once a year and parts of this book are familiar reads but other parts feel new...but that might be because I need a different section each time I...more
This book is an indispensable resource to anyone who uses insulin to treat their diabetes. I have Type 1 which is controlled using an insulin pump, and while the support I've received from my consultant and DSN has been amazing, this book has refreshed and supplemented my knowledge and has given me the confidence to make those small alterations which seem to make big differences. Think Like a Pancreas: A Practical Guide to Managing Diabetes with Insulin is written by a diabetes educator, so you...more
Monica Willyard
This book inspired me to get serious about using insulin effectively. Unlike other books about diabetes that give the lion's share of their attention to diet and pills, this book is for those of us who use insulin. The author is an insulin user as well as a certified diabetes educator. He explains things in clear language and explains medical terms as he goes.

The book discusses different types of insulin, choosing the right injection devices, and discusses the pros and cons of an insulin pump....more
Fatcat Anna
I've had Type 1 diabetes since I was a child back in the 60's. Due to living in an area where endo's are difficult to find or up on latest technology - I've had to self teach myself on how to be my own "endo" - and learn as much as I can about taking control of my diabetes. Gary's book has helped an old D-fart like myself - know how to control their diabetes both with an insulin pump AND multiple dose injections (MDI) - and to attain same control of blood sugar with both methods. MDI is the most...more
Tony Fecteau
My daughter is diabetic, and we read many books regarding diabetes. This book is amazing and covers so much information on diabetes. It is a fantastic/interesting read. If you have diabetes or have a child with diabetes you must read this book.
Angela Yeager
Very helpful for anyone managing diabetes (or their child's diabetes) with insulin.
So useful, but a little outdated. I hear there's a newer edition. I wish I would have read this a year ago.
This book was very informative. I appreciated the author's (also a diabetic) writing style. He turned what could have been a very dull medical read into an easy read that was educational and enjoyable. I gave it 4 stars because he didn't commit enough space or information to insulin users who are type 2 or who struggle with any level of insulin resistance. The basics and more are in this book and I would recommend it to any type of diabetic. Required reading.
This is a well put together book about using insulin in diabetes. It is clear and covers so many things that influence blood glucose levels in diabetics. It is readable and straight forward. This book empowers the diabetic to take control of their disease and conquer it.

The one complaint I do have is the units...when will the United States join the rest of the word and use standardized units, it would make life so much simpler.
An enjoyable (?) read that made sense 95% of the time. A little of the theoretical math in the last part of the book was just beyond me. But the book filled in some gaps left by all my previous type 1 diabetes education and gave me new material for my list of questions for the endocrinologist.
My 11 year old son was recently diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. This is the best book I've found (highly recommended by other parents of T1 kids) for truly understanding the disease and how to adjust insulin to offset the carbs he eats.

My husband and my son have type 1. My son's girlfriend (who also has type 1) recommended this book. This should be required reading for all diabetics and those who love them- Excellent!
Great guide. Easy to read and Gary makes you laugh out loud several times. I recommend this to all my patients who are interested in getting more out of their insulin pumps!
I can't say enough about this book; thank you Gary Sheiner for getting it done! A must-have for the insulin dependent or their caregivers.
I learned how to count carbs and understand how my body metabolizes food. Recommended reading for anyone with Type 1 diabetes.
Aug 13, 2008 Kelly rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who has diabetes or taking care of someone with diabetes
I learned a lot from this book. I think I will buy it. It will be a great reference for managing Kai's diabetes.
Love Mr. Scheiner for this book, which is perfectly titled. Thankful to have it in our Type 1 Diabetes toolbox.
This is my go-to book when I need to tweak basal rates or insulin:carb ratios. There is a new edition.
I wanted to learn more about diabetes from a patient-perspective. This was for a project I worked on.
Maxim Jacobs
Awesome book for anyone who wants to understand how to deal with diabetes by a doctor who actually has Type I
Helpful book about adjusting to living with diabetes and taking insulin. I'll probably revisit it.
Stephanie Mohler
Interesting read- explained some things about insulin- now to get Marc to read it!
excellent for a newly diagnosed diabetic. i knew 95& of it. 6 years of being diabetic
Jun 24, 2008 Jeanna marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Jeanna by: Michelle Byrne
met a woman this morning who said this book really helped her with her son's Type 1.
Love this book! Should be required for all new diabetics and those that care for them!
Best diabetes management book I've ever found, with added bonus of best title.
John Boyle
Incredibly useful. Every Diabetic on inulin should read it. Enough said.
John Costik
Great, practical methods to managing Type 1 Diabetes - very empowering.
Great resource. Looking forward to updated edition with more info on CGMS.
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