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

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

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Insulin Pump Therapy Demystified: An Essential Guide for Everyone Pumping Insulin by Gabrielle Kaplan-Mayer

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781569245088
Publisher: Da Capo Press
Publication date: 02/15/2003
Series: Marlowe Diabetes Library Series
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 6.12(w) x 9.12(h) x 0.50(d)

Table of Contents

Forewordxi
Introduction: We're in This Challenge Together!1
Part 1To Pump or Not to Pump?7
1What Is an Insulin Pump and Why Would I Want One?9
2Seeking Knowledge14
3Finding Support24
4Making the Commitment31
Part 2What's It Really Like to Live with the Pump?37
5Body Image, Fashion, and Visibility39
6Sleeping with the Pump50
7And Now, Ladies and Gentlemen ... the Question You've All Been Waiting For: Sex and the Pump!54
8Money Makes the World Go Round ...60
9Inconvenience, or How Much More Do I Need to Schlepp?66
10The Mechanics of the Pump, or "But I Can't Even Program My VCR!"71
11Exercise with the Pump76
12Swimming, Water Sports, and Days at the Beach84
Part 3Preparing to Pump--What You Need to do Before Your "Big Day"89
13Which Pump to Choose?91
14Carbohydrate Counting, or What Evil Lies Within That Slice of Pizza?102
15Your First Days on the Pump112
Part 4Happily Pumping Ever After ...119
16The First Few Weeks121
17Weight Management and the Pump: Watching Those Pounds126
18Troubleshooting the Bumps in the Road131
19Your Emotional Health137
20Staying Motivated143
21Pump Therapy and Travel148
Part 5Pumping for Everyone! Kids, Teens, Seniors, and Moms-to-Be153
22Pumping Kids155
23Pumping Teens161
24Pumping Seniors166
25Pumping During Pregnancy170
Epilogue: What Lies Ahead in Insulin Pump Technology176
Glossary of Diabetes and Insulin Pump Terms179
Counting Carbohydrates181
References183
Acknowledgments185
Index

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