If you have a question about insulin pumping, all you need to do is pick up a copy of the fifth edition of Pumping Insulin, the encyclopedia of all things pumps by the legendary husband-and-wife team John Walsh and Ruth Roberts. Their first edition was published in 1989, and Pumping Insulin is considered by many to be "the Bible" on insulin pumps. What makes John and Ruth such experts?

John is a Physician's Assistant and Diabetes Clinical Specialist in Escondido, CA, while Ruth is an experienced medical writer and past board member of what was the Diabetes Exercise and Sports Association (DESA).

And John's been wearing an insulin pump for 30 years (!) In fact, his own experience wearing an insulin pump is what inspired them to write the first Pumping Insulin book because back then, there were no resources for people who wanted to understand how to use them better.

John was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes when he was 5 years old (I didn't have the guts to ask how old he is, but I assume it's been awhile) and he and Ruth have been married since 1974.

Their book is an all-encompassing resource, so some of the information is geared toward newbie or potential pumpers while other chapters are designed for advanced pumpers. The first half of the book covers the basics of pumping, basal rates and bolus calculators. The second half of the book dives into problem-solving and fine-tuning, such as exercise, post-prandial spikes, and even dealing with skin and infusion site problems.

Pumping Insulin is a very engaging book, chock full of worksheets, calculations, graphs and charts for you to make your own personal adjustments. There is a section on understanding carbs and the Glycemic Index, and while some have criticized the nutrition recommendations in past editions, keep in mind that this is not a diet book and that with food, your own mileage may vary.

Many pumpers are now using continuous glucose monitors (CGMs) in conjunction with their pumps, either the Medtronic pump/CGM combo or the stand-alone Dexcom. In this new edition, John and Ruth have included chapters on how a CGM can help you manage your diabetes and additional new info is sprinkled throughout the entire book.

Still not convinced? Check out our interview with John and Ruth at this year's American Diabetes Association's Scientific Sessions:



Pumping Insulin is available at The Diabetes Mall for $19.55.


The DMBooks Giveaway

Once again we're giving you the chance to win a free copy of our latest book reviewed. If you'd like to win a copy of Pumping Insulin, check out the instructions below.

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The giveaway is open to anyone, anywhere. Best of luck, (potential) pumpers!

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