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Recommended Reading

“Bight Spots and Landmines: The Diabetes guide I wish Someone Had Handed Me”

Written by Adam Brown, a senior editor at the website diatribe.org, a site which is a great resource on new developments affecting both type 1 and type 2 diabetes. Adam was diagnosed with T1D in 2001, and with this book has written an acclaimed resource that is a practical guide on how to improve your diabetes control while maintaining a healthy mindset. Available from diatribe.org, or order via Amazon.com

Balancing Diabetes: Conversations About Finding Happiness and Living Well

Author: Kerri Sparling, 2014

When a person received a diagnosis of diabetes, he or she starts a process of adjusting and making sense of the new normal-living with a chronic disease. Diabetes Online Community Blogger, Kerri Sparling compiles strategies used by people with diabetes, and their caregivers to bring that elusive balance into their lives.

Pumping Insulin: Everything You Need To Succeed on an Insulin Pump

Author: John Walsh, Ruth Roberts, 2012

A comprehensive and practical guide to using insulin pumps to their full potential. John Walsh has extensive personal and professional experiences with all aspects of the insulin pumping. Highly recommended.

The Discovery of Insulin

Author: Michael Bliss, 1982/2007, University of Chicago Press

The discovery of insulin, and it’s development as a life saving treatment for type 1 Diabetes, was a sentinel event in modern medicine. Prior to that discovery, the diagnosis of Type 1 or juvenile onset diabetes amounted to a death sentence. Michael Bliss’s award winning account of the way that insulin was first isolated and used to treat people with type 1 diabetes contains many moving anecdotes about the first patients treated with insulin, and tells the story of the quirky research team that discovered and developed insulin as a life saving therapy, and the impact of that discovery on patients dying from diabetes. Anyone with type 1 Diabetes should read this book.

Diabesity: A Doctor and Her Patients on the Front Lines of the Diabetes-Obesity Epidemic

Author: Francine Kaufman MD, 2006

Explores the reasons for the explosion in the number of Americans afflicted with type 2 Diabetes, with a particular emphasis on dietary factors of the modern diet that promote weight gain, diabetes and obesity, and what we can do to change it.

Alert Notice

Medicare G6 Coverage

Attention Medicare patients using Dexcom- as of Oct 8th, you will be able to use Dexcom G6 CGM! Dexcom G6 CGM is an improved version of Dexcom CGM. The improvements on the prior version include: 10 day sensor duration, no Tylenol interference with the accuracy of the readings, a much easier insertion that is virtually painless and can be done with one hand, and most importantly, no requirement for finger stick calibration.
Current Medicare patients on the Dexcom G5 CGM will be able to upgrade to the Dexcom G6 when their current G5 transmitter, which has to be replaced every 90 days, is going to expire. They will be sent a G6 transmitter and supplies. None of the G5 supplies will work with the G6 except newer Touchscreen receivers, which need to be upgraded. To assist people with this exciting transition, Dexcom representative Adrienne Augustino (443-253-2094) will be doing training and assistance with upgrading or replacing the receiver or phone app.  Please note, if you have a T-Slim X2 pump, you will need to do training on the Basal IQ feature before downloading the T-Slim pump Basal IQ upgrade, which is required in order to use the Dexcom G6 with the T-Slim pump. That training can be arranged through T-Slim. The local representative for T-Slim is Tim Cooley (TCooley@tandemdiabetes.com mobile #(202) 841-4388 ).
To help our Medicare patients with this exciting transition, Adrienne Augustino (443-253-2094) will be in our office between noon and 4 pm on Fridays for the next several months. If you are interested, we will accept walk in’s but an appointment is preferred. The appointment should be made through Adrienne and not Maryland Endocrine, though the training will occur at our office. The training is free and involves no charge to you or your insurance.