Insulin Pump Therapy Demystified: An Essential Guide for Everyone Pumping Insulin

Insulin Pump Therapy Demystified: An Essential Guide for Everyone Pumping Insulin

by Gabrielle Kaplan-Mayer
     
 

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Increasing numbers of people with type 1 diabetes, all of whose lives depend on insulin, as well as type 2 diabetics, have already adopted the insulin pump, which replaces a regimen of insulin shots with a continuous delivery of insulin. Yet many who stand to benefit from "the pump" are put off by not fully understanding the device, and many already using it don't

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Increasing numbers of people with type 1 diabetes, all of whose lives depend on insulin, as well as type 2 diabetics, have already adopted the insulin pump, which replaces a regimen of insulin shots with a continuous delivery of insulin. Yet many who stand to benefit from "the pump" are put off by not fully understanding the device, and many already using it don't have anyone with whom to compare notes about its use. Now Gabrielle Kaplan-Mayer, who has used the pump for more than three years, cuts through common personal fears about the pump and offers insight into the day-to-day challenges—and rewards—of life with it. Drawing on interviews with more than seventy-five pump users, including Nicole Johnson, Miss America 1999, as well as diabetes experts and other health professionals, Kaplan-Mayer discusses how the pump affects your sex life, dealing with money issues, finding support, counting carbohydrates, and much more. Insulin Pump Therapy Demystified offers knowledgeable, informative, reassuring advice that all pump users—current and future—will find extremely valuable. Charts and tables add to this valuable insider's guide.

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Library Journal
An insulin pump is one of the newer technologies for insulin delivery to diabetics, giving them greater control over blood sugars. Attached to the body, it allows the wearer to administer medication frequently without traditional syringes. Kaplan-Mayer, a diabetic who has used the pump since 1999, has written an essential guide for those considering use of the device. She emphasizes the necessary motivation for success as well as the pros and cons of the pump and encourages potential users to do extensive research, listing suggested web sites and organizations. She also covers body image, do's and don'ts, special occasions, troubleshooting, emotional implications, cost, and sleep considerations. A comparison chart of the various devices on the market is included. The author's discussion of what to expect during initial setup is very helpful, and she clearly explains changes in lifestyle after transition to the pump. An outstanding contribution to diabetes collections.-Janet M. Schneider, James A. Haley Veterans' Hosp., Tampa, FL Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781569245088
Publisher:
Da Capo Press
Publication date:
02/15/2003
Series:
Marlowe Diabetes Library
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
192
Sales rank:
560,070
Product dimensions:
6.04(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.60(d)

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