It is always exciting to find a part of the D-OC reach a goal, so we’re thrilled to announce the release of Ginger Vieira’s self-published publication, . Ginger has lived with type 1 diabetes and celiac disease as 1999, but she is most famous for being a powerlifter (she has set 15 records in drug-tested powerlifting) and owner of a life coaching business named residing in Progress. Ginger is strongly committed to motivating and encouraging individuals to live their life with diabetes. We were excited to receive a publication that is complementary from Ginger for review.
The first thing you ought to know about Ginger is that although she devotes her life to work out and her business that is motivational, she is also an engaging and eloquent writer. When you find out that she obtained her diploma in Professional Writing, that is no surprise. A lot of people might assume that a publication that is self-published means a mediocre product. But Ginger is gifted, and her publishing team has assembled a publication.
Do note, however, that although her book is quite comprehensive and smart, Ginger isn’t a Certified Diabetes Educator nor a health care professional. Most of what she writes is gleaned from personal experience or from study (that she records in her Works Cited section).
Why is her book is engaging is the fact that Ginger brings herself. Unlike a lot of diabetes educational materials, which are dry and collegiate, Your Diabetes Science Experiment is like a cross between a memoir and a very fun self-help book. The book is suspended in Ginger’s devotion to powerlifting, which she began her senior year in school. As she became more and more committed to fitness, she began seeing her diabetes management as a “science experiment” (which I presume is a very relatable feeling!) She is the very best kind of amateur scientist.
Ginger’s thesis is that “there is a reason for each number and you arecapable of understanding those reasons.” Although she admits that there will be times when you experience a “puzzle high or puzzle low,” she says that, for her, these mysteries have become few and far between. Personally, I think that puzzle highs and lows are a fact of life with diabetes, and that it is important not to dwell on them as perceived failures when you experience them.
Ginger presents a case for why all of us must have a close look at our lives. She gives a comprehensive run-through concerning why insulin sensitivity is crucial, and how diet, exercise, stress, etc. play a part in that fluctuating sensitivity. Because of Ginger’s background as a powerlifter, her emphasis is obviously on exercise. Although we all know exercise is very important to our general health, Ginger gives some detailed explanations as to how exercise influences how our body uses insulin and the way blood glucose trends affects. She also uncovers the facts behind several other mysteries, like why we need insulin while we work out, why we sometimes go after exercising (do not you just hate that?) , after exercising and the reason why we must eat. As I was studying, I noticed myself raising my eyebrows in surprise at learning things I did not know, or nodding at certain parts.
Besides parts on diet and exercise, in addition, there are three chapters devoted to analyzing the amount of insulin you choose for adjusting elevated blood sugars, and for your desktop insulin. Every section is adaptable to insulin pumps and multiple daily injections. Blank worksheets are included at the end of the book to assist you make adjustments, with extra ones available on Ginger’s site.
For the most part, I couldn’t find any flaws though I’m not an expert on that end. Gary Scheiner, renowned CDE and author, fellow type 1, and founder of Integrated Diabetes Services, writes the forward to the publication, so having his OK about the content gives me confidence in the publication. Gary writes, “I’m not sure what I expected to see when I picked it up for the first time. Like so many books about diabetes self-management, it includes fragments of insight and knowledge designed to improve your skill set. But there is so much more: There is inspiration to discover the answers, and not simply sit idly by and let things happen.” I agree!
It is easy to be overwhelmed by diabetes. It is confusing and emotional. But you will find, as Ginger reveals, biological reasons for our bodies behave. Although I’m not sure all of diabetes mysteries can ever be fully resolved, I do think that Your Diabetes Science Experiment is a very fantastic start.
To get a paperback, the book isn’t cheap, but it is money well spent. You can pick up your own copy of Your Diabetes Science Experiment for $27.99.
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