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Insulin Pumps and Continuous Glucose Monitoring: A User's Guide to Effective Diabetes Management Paperback – June 26, 2012
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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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I just accidentally bought this. Let alone on a electronic copy.. how do it get a refund? My finger accidentally hit the "buy it now " button :(Published 5 months ago by Latasha Enoch
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.Published on April 7, 2013 by brad in naples