This is one in a series of book reviews. You may find these books beneficial if you: manage prediabetes or diabetes, follow a diabetes meal plan and/or try to eat healthy to live well. These book reviews also appear on amazon.com. The books can be found in my amazon a-store. Please check them out and consider a purchase.
I was excited to get my hot off the press copy of the new and improved (2nd edition) of Think Like a Pancreas: A Practical Guide to Managing Diabetes with Insulin written by, in my humble opinion, one of the go to experts today for people with diabetes who take insulin, Gary Scheiner, MS, CDE. What I love about Gary (yes, I'm a member of his fan club), is that he is tremendously knowledgeable and at the same time extremely practical. In his down-to-earth approach he offers a plethora of innovative out-of-the-box tips for taking care of the everyday, literal and figurative, ups and downs of diabetes using insulin.
A big plus of Think Like a Pancreas is Gary’s writing style. It’s easy-to-read in part because he dovetails his dry wit and fun-loving personality to make, what’s dry as a bone material, into a page turner.
Practical Carbohydrate Counting: A How-to-Teach Guide for Health [For Practitioners]
Practical Carbohydrate Counting: A How-to-Teach Guide for Health, written with co-author and diabetes nutrition expert Karen Bolderman, RD, LDN, CDE; this book is designed for health care providers who teach people with diabetes about carbohydrate counting. It provides a comprehensive understanding of the ins and outs of basic and advanced carbohydrate counting – today’s most popular diabetes meal planning approach. This resource also provides concise and practical information for teaching including: skills and readiness checklists for both basic and advanced carbohydrate counting, methods for calculating and fine-tuning carb-to-insulin ratios and correction factors for advanced carbohydrate counting. The book is filled with tips, tools and resources for teaching including recording forms and resources to access the carbohydrate counts of foods. Case studies bring the process of teaching carbohydrate counting to life.
Need Continuing Professional Education credits? Earn 16 credits by purchasing the self-study guide C194 Practical Carbohydrate Counting: A How to-Teach Guide for Health Professionals developed by the Warshaw and Bolderman for Wolf Rinke Associates, Inc.
Table of Contents
- Why, What, Who and How Much?
- Section 1: Basic Carbohydrate Counting
- Assessing Knowledge and Skills
- Concepts to Teach – From Basic Nutrition to Meal Planning
- Concepts to Teach – Counting Carbs, Reading Food Labels and Measuring Portions
- Basic Carbohydrate Counting Case Studies
- Section 2: Advanced Carbohydrate Counting
- Concepts to Teach – Advanced Carbohydrate Counting
- Advanced Carbohydrate Counting and Continuous Subcutaneous Insulin Infusion
- Pattern Management of Glycemic Control
- Advanced Carbohydrate Counting Case Studies
- Section 3: Related Topics
- Impact on Glycemia of Dietary Components Beyond Carbohydrate
- Impact on Glycemia of Non-Dietary Related Factors
- Blood Glucose-Lowering and Related Medications
- Process to Develop and Maintain Personal Carbohydrate Counts
- Appendix I – Resources for Carbohydrate Counting and Counts
- Appendix II – Blood Glucose Lowering Medications
- Appendix III – Sample Record Keeping Charts
Bravo! I applaud Sally Squires’ (Lean Plate Club, Washington Post) balanced synopsis of the pros and cons of using glycemic index as a tool for healthier eating After 30 years, Glycemic Index Still Fights for Acceptance.