- Paperback: 280 pages
- Publisher: MediSelf Press; 1st edition (2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0996253904
- ISBN-13: 978-0996253901
- Package Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.8 x 0.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (108 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #41,931 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Sugar Surfing: How to Manage Type 1 Diabetes in a Modern World Paperback – 2015
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For those considering or already using Continuous Glucose Monitoring, this book takes you beyond the basics and shows you a better way to manage. Interested in eating whatever you like? Prefer a low carb diet? Either way this book will show you how. Sugar Surfing is the first book written to debunk the myths surrounding classic diabetes management while also teaching the reader a better way. More than 50 full color images help the reader to break through the over-reliance on ratios and static thinking which live at the root of unexpected highs and lows; especially for people who already work hard. The traditional method taught by well meaning medical providers is woefully inadequate given the recent advancements in continuous glucose monitoring (CGM). With real time feedback including direction and rate of change, even novice users get better results almost immediately when they use this Endocrinologists’ dynamic approach to managing in the moment. Online resources complement the book by giving readers direct access to the authors. Steve has had type 1 himself for more than 50 years while Kevin is a diabetes Dad and behavioral researcher since 2001. Working together for more than a decade, these two pioneers have helped thousands of people to gain control and live a more normal life in spite of diabetes. *** Register for updates at sugarsurfing.com Available in paperback and all ebook formats. All proceeds are used to support workshops and other outreach programs.
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Let's start with my background. As of this review, my daughter has been a type 1 diabetic for 9 years (she's 11) and my son has been a T1D for 2 years (he's 13.) It would be fair to say that I spend a decent chunk of time as a pancreas. Well, pancreata, actually, if one can be plural. Anyhow, I have spent years learning about diabetes. We've done MDI and pumps, been through surgeries, illnesses and the diagnosis of additional auto immunes. I make all changes, evaluate all Dexcom reading, manage foods, oversee carb counting, change sites, wake up sleeping kids to feed them, stay up late to watch a temp basal kick in and then spend my free time researching ways to do it even better.
I first heard of Dr. Ponder on Facebook. I became a follower because I liked his tips/posts. At some point, I realized he was writing a book about his approach to diabetes and when he started to raise funding, I contributed. Going in, I expected to like the book. But, please note that I was not GIVEN this book - there is no giveaway and this isn't a review based on a freebie. I paid my money and I'm very happy to have done so.
So on to the book. Basically, I loved it. In 9 years, I have tried many, many things. People that don't live with T1D have no idea how hard diabetes is. It's 24/7/365 and there are no days off. Ever. There is no afternoon off. Most parents of T1Ds are just happy when the stars align and they are able to sleep through an entire night without an alarm. We don't have the disease but we have to have the knowledge because we feel this pressure to make sure our kids are given every opportunity to have healthy, complication-free adult lives without being constantly in their faces about diabetes.
I remember when my daughter was diagnosed and I found carb factors in my research...and then had to explain it to the CNP at the next four endo visits. And implementing the TAG idea in meal planning so that fats and proteins were covered appropriately...and then explain it to the CNP. As you can imagine, I decided to do my own thing fairly early on and the habit has stuck. I see the endo as a prescription source and like to figure out things on my own.
And then along came this book! And I realized that I wasn't alone. That there is an endo out there (who is a multi-decade T1D himself) that gets this. That experiments and tests and keeps an open mind. That takes his results, figures out WHY they happened and then figures out how to repeat it. And then SHARES it with the world.
I'm going to touch on a few topics that might help reviewers determine if this is a book for them.
First, basal rates. Dr. Ponder is a bit pushy about the idea of a single basal rate, or at least a small number of them. It's not a rule but it's something he appears to value. I have varied basals greatly over the years but I've never used a single basal rate. Perhaps it's because we did split dosing on long-acting insulins and I timed the overlap to cover dawn effects and bedtime growth hormones...so we never really had "one flat line" even on MDI. But I have learned over time that I gradually add basal rates until I become overwhelmed by them, at which point I scrap them all and start minimal again. With both kids in puberty and a son that is that teenage stage where kids 'forget' to bolus, one rate isn't right for them...but I have really given some thought to it. My son has three different levels - lower at night, really high in the morning, and high all day - and it's working well, so point to Dr. Ponder. My daughter's basal rates have been incredibly detailed before so while it's not three, I have reduced them by 3. Again, it's working well and it's easier to remember, so another point to Dr. Ponder.
Second, I needed a good reminder that a flat line means a basal rate is right, and that it means the other details need changed. I had been struggling with nights and had been changing them so often...and it was completely the wrong approach. I changed my mindset and the results have been wonderful.He slept 12 hours last night and was between 75 and 100 the entire time with no eating, no temping, no bolusing. Thank you, Dr. Ponder.
My A1c has improved since reading his book. I have lived with Type 1 for 34 years and I am looking forward to at least 34 more.