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Understanding Diabetes

by H. Peter Chase, MD. & David Maahs, MD, PhD 12th Edition, 2012

Barbara Davis Center for Childhood Diabetes
Professor of Pediatrics
University of Colorado Denver

The 12th edition of Understanding Diabetes by H. Peter Chase, MD and David Maahs, MD, PhD can be purchased for US $20.00 from the Children's Diabetes Foundation at Denver. Bulk discounts available. Please call the CDF at Denver for information on bulk discount prices. You may also download the order form in .pdf format​ and mail in your order with payment. Order online here at the CDF Web site.


Understanding Diabetes, 12th Edition
(“The Pink Panther Books”)

Three entirely new chapters on the topics of Continuous Glucose Monitoring (CGM), Autoimmune Conditions Associated with Diabetes, and Diabetes Management in the Toddler/Preschooler

  • All chapters updated
  • The need to inject a rapid-acting insulin (Humalog, NovoLog or Apidra) 15-20 minutes prior to eating in order to obtain an optimal HbA1c level
  • Prevention of hypoglycemia with exercise
  • Updated suggestions for traveling through airport security
  • Transitioning young adults from pediatric to adult clinic
  • Current progress and expectations in research – including the “bionic” pancreas

The 11th edition of Understanding Diabetes by H. Peter Chase, MD is a handbook for people who are living with diabetes. Encompassing the clinical practices of the Barbara Davis Center for Childhood Diabetes, Dr. Chase has written a book that belongs in the home of everyone with Type I diabetes. The book is published in large format (8.5 by 11 inch), 325 pages.

The links below lead to Adobe .pdf files. You must have Adobe Acrobat Reader version 7.0 or better to view these files (dowload here). You will NOT be able to print the .pdf files for the 12th edition of Understanding Diabetes, due to copyright restrictions.

Understanding Diabetes by H. Peter Chase, MD
Dedication/Recommended ADA Curriculum
Chapter 1 The Importance of Education in Diabetes
Chapter 2 What is Diabetes?
Chapter 3 Type 1 Diabetes
Chapter 4 Type 2 Diabetes (previously referred to as adult onset diabetes or non-insulin dependent diabetes)
Chapter 5 Ketone Testing
Chapter 6 Low Blood Sugar (Hypoglycemia or Insulin Reaction)
Chapter 7 Blood Sugar (Glucose) Testing
Chapter 8 Insulin: Types and Activity
Chapter 9 Drawing Up and Giving Insulin
Chapter 10 Feelings and Diabetes
Chapter 11 Normal Nutrition
Chapter 12 Food Management and Diabetes
Chapter 13 Exercise and Diabetes
Chapter 14 Monitoring Blood Sugar Control
Chapter 15 Ketones and Acidosis
Chapter 16 Sick-day and Surgery Management
Chapter 17 Family Concerns
Chapter 18 Responsibilities of Children at Different Ages
Chapter 19 Special Challenges of the Teen Years
Chapter 20 Outpatient Management, Education, Support Groups and Standards of Care
Chapter 21 Adjusting the Insulin Dosage and “Thinking” Scales
Chapter 22 Long-term Complications of Diabetes
Chapter 23 The School/Work and Diabetes
Chapter 24 Baby-sitters, Grandparents and Diabetes
Chapter 25 Vacations and Camp
Chapter 26 Insulin Pumps
Chapter 27 Pregnancy and Diabetes
Chapter 28 Research and Diabetes
Appendix i &
Appendix ii
Glucose Conversion &
Shopping List and Approximate Cost of Diabetes Supplies


Copyright 2006 by H. Peter Chase
All rights reserved. All "Pink Panther" and "The Inspector" (the "Characters") images are not to be reproduced without permission from Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios, Inc.

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