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About the Author

Francine R. Kaufman, M.D., is Emeritus Professor of Pediatrics and Communications at the University of Southern California Center for Diabetes, Endocrinology & Metabolism at Childrens Hospital in Los Angeles, CA. She is also Chief Medical Officer and Vice President, Global Medical, Clinical and Health Affairs for Medtronic Diabetes. In 2003, she was the president of the American Diabetes Association.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 120 pages
  • Publisher: American Diabetes Association; 1 edition (June 26, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1580404618
  • ISBN-13: 978-1580404617
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #411,688 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dr. Francine Kaufman's latest book is a novel entitled Rhythms. Rhythms is a family drama centered around the death of the protagonist's elderly, frail mother. The novel takes place over three days, but toggles back and forth in time to introduce the reader to the characters and their lives. The three days in the present show how all-consuming caring for an elderly parent can be - particularly when that parent resides in your home.

Dr. Kaufman is perhaps best known for her critically-acclaimed nonfiction book Diabesity: The Obesity-Diabetes Epidemic That Threatens America - And What We Must Do to Stop It. (Bantam, 2005.) She has written more than 220 peer-reviewed articles.

For more than 20 years, Dr. Kaufman has been one of America's foremost researchers into childhood diabetes. She is a director, volunteer faculty member and former head of the Center for Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism at Children's Hospital Los Angeles. In May 2009, Dr. Kaufman became chief medical officer and vice president of Global Diabetes for Medtronic, Inc. Dr. Kaufman is also distinguished emerita professor of Pediatrics and Communications at the Keck School of Medicine and the Annenberg School of Communications of the University of Southern California. Dr. Kaufman continues to see patients as an attending physician at Children's Hospital Los Angeles.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By David Edelman on July 16, 2012
Format: Paperback
Dr. Kaufman has done a remarkable job explaining how insulin pumps work and how to use them effectively. There are other books on insulin pumps, but this one explains things in the most easy-to-understand fashion without hiding the complexity from you. That's quite in achievement.

In particular, she walks you through how to set your basal rates (the slow drip of insulin your body needs to cover its natural needs), your insulin-to-carb ratio (how much insulin you need to match the food that you eat), and your correction factors (how much insulin you need to correct a high blood sugar).

The book also talks about continuous glucose meters (CGM). The key here is that CGMs are perfect for spotting trends. They help you understand what direction your blood sugars are going and how quickly. They're much less good for understanding exactly what your blood sugars are at a given moment.

The book ends with a review of the artificial pancreas project, which uses insulin pumps and continuous glucose meters to automatically manage blood sugars. In the last decade, the project has gone from "wow, this will never work" to "holy #@$, they are making progress!" Reading this section will put a smile on your face.

Considering that setting up an insulin pump has an enormous impact on your health and well-being, this book is an extraordinarily good investment. If you're hesitating due to spending a few bucks, don't. I also recommend the new 5th edition of Pumping Insulin by John Walsh which is available on his website but hasn't made it to Amazon yet.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lauren E Ramain on January 26, 2013
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I got this book on time and it was enjoyable to read. I have been a type 1 diabetic for close to 40 years and it was not only a GREAT review but inspirational. This book is brand new... and up to date. I realize now why I need to follow the guidelines so precisely to get good results. I only just got a continuous glucose monitor in October and I did not have a doctor at the time who even took patients with insulin pumps let alone CGM's I am very happy I read this book and will use it for reference in the future. Just to let you know I am very brittle and still am. Reading this book has not been an over night cure for being a Brittle diabetic, but now I can get information to give my New fantastic Dr. that his office can down load and I look smarter for reading this book because it helped me understand better what my doctor is talking to me about.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By brad in naples on April 7, 2013
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This tells you all you need to know with an insulin pump and CGM. This book is a must have reference that is worth its weight in gold. Easy to read and understand.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tracy on December 24, 2013
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This book is very informative for new insulin pump and CGM users. and the content is pretty up to date.
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By Deb Campbell on September 18, 2014
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Written very well and explains in language that is understandable. Bought it for my daughter who has been a type 1 diabetic for 33 years and a pump user for 10. Just Added the constant glucose monitoring. It's been a godsend!
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