Type 2 diabetes books


On Our DiabetesMine Book Shelf

PUMPING INSULIN – (Available on Amazon)

By John Walsh (and others)

If you are at all curious about the advantages of using an insulin pump, you’ll want this book. Seriously, it is considered by many to be “the Bible” on insulin pumps. It’s written by a husband-wife team of medical experts, and John (the husband) has been wearing an insulin pump himself for over 30 years (!)… there are several versions of the book, so make sure to find the most current one or version that applies most to your life with diabetes.

THE BOOK OF BETTER – (Read our Book Review)

By Chuck Eichten

This colorful volume on the benefits of insulin pumping (it’s better!) is like a comic book, or rather a work of art, with every page containing some kind of graphic or design element. But it’s still well-written and informative, explaining how insulin users can live better with their diabetes with an insulin pump at their hip.

THE DIABETES SOLUTION (Read our Interview with the Author)

By Dr. Richard Bernstein

OK, this one’s pretty specific to food choices and is quite popular within a segment of the D-Community who prefer low carb eating. But it’s a much-cited and followed guide in our community and we certainly think it should be included (even if it’s a bit too hardcore for our tastes). Dr. Bernstein is a veteran type 1 himself who abides by an extremely low carb lifestyle and works to always make sure his numbers are as close to 83 mg/dL as possible. The book goes through his beliefs and management in diabetes, and also talks about medications and the food industry in how it fuels what he sees as less-than-healthy behavior. There are multiple editions over the years, so make sure you’re snagging the correct and most up-to-date version.

Best Diabetes Books for Parents of T1D Children

UNDERSTANDING DIABETES (aka: THE PINK PANTHER BOOKS) – (Read our Interview with the Author)

By Dr. H. Peter Chase

Known by many in the diabetes community as the “Diabetes Bible,” this series of books were first published in the 1970s and have been updated many times over the years. Dr. H. Peter Chase from the Barbara Davis Center in Colorado is the man behind the books, which feature an image of the Pink Panther cartoon and have been included in the JDRF’s Bag of Hope, and they have helped thousands of families newly diagnosed with type 1 on understanding the basics of life with T1D. They can be purchased via the Children’s Diabetes Foundation in Colorado.


By Leighann Calentine

Written by Leighann Calentine, author of D-Mom Blog and mom to Quinn, a school-age PWD diagnosed with type 1 in 2008, this book covers a good balance of practical tactics and tips for managing diabetes, along with how to deal with the emotional burden of raising a child with this disease. Note that the book focuses mostly on Leighann’s own personal experiences, so none of the information should be taken as prescriptive.\


By Kim Chaloner and Nick Bertozzi

A husband and wife team in New York have found a way to spice up diabetes learning with this “graphic novel” for kids and adults that teaches you all about diabetes self-care, Cathy-style (for those who remember that comic strip). The book is packed full of Diabetes 101 info, broken out into six chapters that talk disease basics, healthcare team, blood sugar nuances, meal and exercise aspects, and the critical support aspects of living with diabetes.


By Scott Benner

Scott Benner is the Diabetes Dad from New Jersey behind the blog, Arden’s Day, named for his daughter Arden who’s been living with type 1 since age 2 in 2006. This 228-page paperback is hugely entertaining. It’s a guy sharing his own experiences as a stay-at-home dad — the good, bad and the ugly. Diabetes doesn’t take center stage, but he does describe the emotions around his daughter’s diagnosis. And he gives a glimpse into his day-to-day activities and how diabetes and other duties, like doing those dreaded loads of laundry, all fit together.


By Moira McCarthy Stanford

Written by passionate D-Mom and advocate Moira McCarthy Stanford (who blogs over at Despite Diabetes), we named this book “the most valuable volume to any family that includes a teen with diabetes.” All the content stems from Moira’s first-hand experience raising her now 20-something daughter Lauren, who was diagnosed at the age of six in 1997. The book sheds light on the perspective of both the teen living with it, and the parents trying to, well, parent…

Best Diabetes Books for Kids

OPEN UP YOUR BAG – (Read our Book Review)

By Mike Lawson

Published in July 2018, this 34-page picture book is all for kids (especially those just recently diagnosed who are learning the ropes of diabetes management). It’s light on words but full of hand-drawn illustrations by Mike, who is a skilled artist and fellow type 1 who’s been involved in art throughout the Diabetes Community over the years (including cartoons here at the ‘Mine). This book is the first in a series that Mike is planning, and this one and others will be housed at the Diabetes Doodles online platform.


By Yerachmiel Altman

A longtime type 1 in the Boston area, Yerachmiel has written two fun picture and poetry books for kids with diabetes who may not be aware of the latest in diabetes technology. The Moose with the Pump and I Can Help Take Care of Me were both released in paperback and e-book formats in 2016.

“I felt that the books (currently) available did not outline the changes, hardware and life the newly diagnosed child would face,” Yerachmiel tells DiabetesMine. “My real dream would be to do a series of these books – one for each season, and one for each major activity or challenge a child with diabetes might have. I’m thinking summer camp, school, parties (maybe a friend’s birthday party), family trips, and doctor appointments. I would be open to other ideas as well.”


By Dana M. Lewis

A well-known do-it-yourself advocate in the community has published her first kids’ book for those little ones, though not necessarily for those actually living with diabetes. Instead, this is for any child who may not fully understand diabetes technology that family members, friends or others with diabetes might be wearing. It’s a fun story that Dana says was inspired by her own neice, and it has great hand-drawn illustrations telling the story of D-tech and the difference it makes for many people with diabetes.

LARA TAKES CHARGE – (Available on Amazon)

By Rocky Lang

How do you explain to a young child with diabetes why her parents are hurting her with finger pricks and insulin injections every day? Hollywood producer Rocky Lang is one dad who struggled with that dilemma. In 2001, his ten-year-old daughter, Nikki, was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. “Lara was so young and had no idea of what was happening,” Rocky says. “It was gut-wrenching. So I wrote a book for her.” That book ended up selling over 15,000 copies. It tells the story of a girl, Lara, who lives and plays happily all while managing her diabetes with her glucose meter and insulin pump.


Published by Disney

This is the third book in a series by Disney Publishing and Lilly Diabetes featuring the character Coco the Monkey with Diabetes. At 24 pages with four question/answer pages, it’s written to help children and their families prepare for the child’s very first night away from home after being diagnosed with type 1.

COVERING THE BASES – (Read our Book Review)

By Leigh Olsen

At 133 pages and partially sponsored by ESPN, this book is about a boy named Phillip Mitchell who can’t wait to go to baseball camp. He’s been looking forward to it for months, and it’s finally here! There’s just one problem: he hasn’t spent so many nights away from home since he was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, and he’s worried. What if something goes wrong and there’s no one around who can help him? Will Phillip be able to enjoy his first time at baseball camp, or will his nerves get the best of him?

BALLERINA DREAMS – (Available on Amazon)

By Zippora Karz

The diabetes community’s favorite prima ballerina, Zippora Karz, added “children’s author” to her resume when she recently published a thoroughly charming book about a school-age girl with a passion for ballet who gets diagnosed with type 1 diabetes right before the biggest performance of her little life.

Parents of little girls will find this book reminiscent of the “Nina Nina Ballerina” series, but with a sophisticated diabetes twist. And Zippora does not “dumb down” this disease at all, but rather presents it in very clear and frank terms.


By Ann M. Martin

The beloved Babysitter’s Club book series about four friends who form a babysitter’s club in their small, fictional town in Connecticut spanned 217 novels between 1986 and 2000, and there was also a 1995 movie and a short-lived Disney series. Even though the series is now a quarter-century old and much of the diabetes tools and technology have changed, this book about 13-year-old Stacey’s struggle revealing her diabetes to her friends still rings true.

Best Diabetes Books for Women


By Dr. Beverly Adler

An anthology of essays written by 24 dynamic women living with diabetes, sharing their personal stories on life with diabetes and everything that goes along with it. The book features autobiographical essays on how these accomplished women have succeeded in life, either because or in spite of their diabetes. These women vary in age, from thirty-somethings to a woman in her 90’s who has lived with diabetes for over 70 years! They write about their diabetes diagnosis and how diabetes has shaped their life — for worse and better. In the introduction to the book, Beverly writes, “Who better to share our ups and downs (with blood sugar or mood) than another woman who walks the same walk as us? Sometimes it helps just to know that other women have overcome the same challenges as we are going through.”


By Amy Stockwell Mercer

We can’t think of a better researched guide to the nuanced life of a woman with diabetes than this.

With 25 years of diabetes life experience herself, Amy created a comprehensive guide to the various unique aspects of living with diabetes as a woman. She touches on everything from dealing with emotions at diagnosis, to eating and exercise, to dating, sex and motherhood. She includes personal stories from over 20 women with diabetes, including DiabetesMine editor Amy Tenderich. The author also includes Q&As with endocrinologists and other medical experts.


By Cheryl Alkon

Author Cheryl Alkon writes: “(When) I started blogging about my efforts to get and stay pregnant, while managing my type 1 diabetes. I liked the support I received from commenters. Plus, I wanted to connect with others who were pregnant, had given birth, or who were trying to conceive… At the same time, I found that there were no insider’s guides to pregnancy with pre-existing diabetes that were told from an actual woman with diabetes’ perspective.” This was Cheryl’s impetus to compile this book, which gives the insider details of pregnancy and type 1 or type 2 diabetes, based on both her personal experiences and insights from dozens of other women who have been there.


By Dr. Nat Strand and Brandy Barnes

This newest title for women is concise, clearly and frankly written, and aside from some very good diabetes basics, it includes a lot of great unique information and prompts that you won’t find anywhere else. After all, when was the last time you opened a diabetes book to find whole sections on puberty, hormones, conception, menopause, mood changes, relationships, guilt feelings, coping mechanisms, soul-searching and spirituality? All stereotypically female topics, but also sorely neglected in the diabetes literature to date.

THE SISTERHOOD OF DIABETES – (Available on Amazon)

By Judith Jones-Ambrosini

Thirty-eight female athletes who’ve done amazing things despite their diabetes are profiled in this volume. The author manages to deftly tell each of their stories, in concise sections of about 10 pages each, alongside informative little break-out sections on diabetes, diabetes camps, and the sports these women do. Like did you know that Dragon Boat Racing dates back to ancient folk festivals about 2000 years ago? Today, Nicole Marcelin, diagnosed with type 1 diabetes four days before her 5th birthday, is a competitive dragon boat racer, and also recently gave birth to a healthy baby girl!

Best Diabetes Books for Men

Unfortunately there are very few books that focus specifically on issues of concern to men with diabetes. Hopefully this new one will start a trend:


By Beverly S. Adler

Even men with diabetes need support sometimes, and this 259-page book is the first of its kind: stories of triumph for men with diabetes, written by those successful men with diabetes, compiled by Dr. Bev Adler. The book features many well-known men in the diabetes community, athletes, medical pros and TV personalities — all talking about their lives and challenges with diabetes, and how they’ve managed to succeed despite (or alongside) this disease.

THE DIABETIC MAN (Available on Amazon)

By Peter A. Lodewick and June Biermann

An older one from 1999 that has a “For Dummies” feel to it, this one is a more medically-written book addressing the “unique” challeges that men with diabetes face. It touches on everything from psychological aspects, nutrition, exercise, work, stress, sports and sex.

Best Diabetes Books for Loved Ones


By Nicole Johnson and Lorraine Stiehl

Released in 2017, this “survival guide” is created by the dynamic duo of Nicole Johnson, a fellow type 1 who’s famous for being crowned Miss America in 1999, and D-wife and advocate Lorraine Stiehl, who’s actively involved in numerous diabetes organizations and whose husband Chris is a longtime T1. At only 54 pages, this paperback is surprisingly comprehensive — covering everything from basic Diabetes 101, to more advanced treatment advice, to support needs and conversation-starters for loved ones of PWDs. The different topics addressed include: managing fear, balancing the good and bad, how involved D-Partners should be, long-term complication concerns, sex and diabetes, having children, and how to feel empowered about diabetes.

Best Diabetes Books on Mental Health and Psychosocial Aspects

The pioneering and most famous title in this category is “Diabetes Burnout: What to Do When You Can’t Take It Anymore” by diabetes psychologist William Polonsky, originally published in 1999.

Luckily, many newer books now also address this topic from a variety of angles:


By Ginger Vieira

It’s all about those times in our diabetes lives when we feel the pressure of our broken pancreas weighing on us… when we reach the end of our ropes so to speak and just feel like we can’t go on doing what we know we need to do. Fellow type 1, life coach and accomplished author Ginger Vieira covers everything from bumps in the road re: food, exercise, blood sugar checks, doctor relationships, and communicating with others about diabetes. But Ginger’s unique and refreshing approach to addressing these topics actually manages to make reading about diabetes burnout fun.


By Kerri Sparling

In this first book by beloved blogger Kerri Sparling at Six Until Me, she compiles strategies used by people with diabetes and their caregivers to bring that elusive balance into their lives. Whether adult or child, type 1 or type 2, spouse or caregiver, male or female, people in the diabetes world will find themselves in this book and be inspired by the commonality of that continuing search for balance.

THRIVING WITH DIABETES – (Available on Amazon)

By David Edelman and Dr. Paul Rosman

This new book is the culmination of the Thriving with Diabetes online workshop series conducted by David Edelman and lead author Dr. Paul Rosman, an accomplished New York endocrinologist who also did a stint as Senior Medical Advisor to Eli Lilly & Company. It actually attempts to synthesize the ‘best practices’ of patients out in the real world: What have they done to succeed and how can they do more of it? We loved this refreshing “life hack” approach to keeping blood sugar levels in range.”


By Laura Kronen

In this self-published book, fashion and design enthusiast and fellow type 1 Laura Kronen offers a light-hearted look at the challenges of diabetes. The book is meant to entertain, not change the way you, or anyone you know, does business with diabetes. The author includes funny and heart-tugging stories about her own life with T1D, and from a number of other folks as well. It really is these anecdotes that make this a great read for anyone in the diabetes community.

IF I KISS YOU, WILL I GET DIABETES? – (Available on Amazon)

By Quinn Nystrom

DiabetesMine Managing Editor Mike Hoskins writes: “I may not be a 13-year-old girl, but I’ll confess: it may have seemed that way if you saw the range of emotions that came over me while reading a new diabetes book by a young type 1 from Minnesota.” He found himself “laughing to crying… all over the place” reading Quinn Nystrom’s story of growing up diabetic. The book title comes from an actual question that young teenage Quinn (now in her late 20’s) got asked back in her high school days only a few years after being diagnosed in March 1999.

DIABETES BURNOUT (Available on Amazon)

By Dr. William H. Polonsky

This is a classic must-have for any diabetes book-shelf. Dr. Polonsky is one of the go-to experts on the mental health and psychosocial aspects of diabetes, and his 1999 book is chock full of helpful tips and tricks and sage advice on dealing with burnout — those times when living with this condition just takes a toll on our minds and bodies. Whether it’s scheduling a “diabetes vacation” or interactive action plans that include writing notes to yourself, this one has it all.

This book list is just a small sampling of all the diabetes books that DiabetesMine has reviewed over the years, and there are countless others out there to read. We’d love to hear about any new D-books that are on your book shelves, or that you happen to know of being penned… send us an email at [email protected] or via social media on Twitter or Facebook, and we’ll do our best to “check them out” as soon as possilbe.

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Every genre of book has its “must read” or “best-seller”, be it romance, comedy, satire, tragedy, etc. There are so many brilliant writers, who are doctors, researchers, health professionals and who have shared and are constantly sharing their knowledge and their findings on diabetes, its management, prevention and treatment.

We know! There are so many, which ones should you read first?!
We’ve rounded up the top 20 books, according to our experts and curators, that all people with diabetes must read at least once in their life time. Most of these books have become classics in the world of knowledge transition regarding diabetes. From Dr. Furhman’s The End of Diabetes to Dr. Barnard’s Program for Reversing Diabetes to Dr. Fung’s The Obesity Code, all books on our list are there because of the raving reviews they received due to its content, the thought provoking information, the tips and recommendations for living a long and healthy life they contain.

We hope that reading the books will help you gain some clarity regarding your diabetes, give you hope and encourage you to stay on your journey without giving up.

1. The End of Diabetes: The Eat to Live Plan to Prevent and Reverse Diabetes

2. Neal Barnard’s Program for Reversing Diabetes: The Scientifically Proven System for Reversing Diabetes without Drugs

3. Diabetes Unpacked: Just Science and Sense. No Sugar Coating

4. The Blood Sugar Solution: The UltraHealthy Program for Losing Weight, Preventing Disease, and Feeling Great Now!


6. The Insulin Resistance Diet Plan & Cookbook: Lose Weight, Manage PCOS, and Prevent Prediabetes

7. The Ketogenic Bible: The Authoritative Guide to Ketosis

8. Handbook of Diabetes

9. What Do I Eat Now?: A Step-by-Step Guide to Eating Right with Type 2 Diabetes

10. Cheating Destiny: Living With Diabetes, America’s Biggest Epidemic

11. Think Like a Pancreas: A Practical Guide to Managing Diabetes with Insulin

12. Until There is a Cure: The Latest and Greatest in Diabetes Self-Care

13. The First Year: Type 2 Diabetes: An Essential Guide for the Newly Diagnosed

14. Blood Sugar 101: What They Don’t Tell You about Diabetes

15. Bernstein’s Diabetes Solution: The Complete Guide to Achieving Normal Blood Sugars

16. The Ultimate Guide to Accurate Carb Counting: Featuring the Tools and Techniques Used by the Experts

17. Pumping Insulin: Everything for Success on an Insulin Pump and CGM

18. The Obesity Code: Unlocking the Secrets of Weight Loss

19. Fast Food Genocide: How Processed Food is Killing Us and What We Can Do About It

20. Diabetic Living Diabetes Meals by the Plate: 90 Low-Carb Meals to Mix & Match

If you have read any of the books on the list, please share your thoughts with our readers in the comment below. Was it worth reading for you? What did you learn? What do you hope others gain from reading it? If your interest has been piqued by one or some of the books listed, which one/s are they? Why would you like to read that particular book first? Did we miss to add your favorite book in there? The one that you consider as your diabetes bible? Go ahead and add them to the comments section box. We look forward to hearing from you!

TheDiabetesCouncil Article | Reviewed by Dr. Christine Traxler MD on September 07, 2018

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13 Books That Can Help You Live Better With Diabetes

One of the untold secrets to thriving as a person with diabetes is to never stop learning, never stop studying yourself and your habits, and never stop trying to gain a better understanding of how your own body works and what it needs.

Whether you have type 1 diabetes and are juggling taking doses of insulin with counting carbohydrates, or have type 2 diabetes and are either taking no medication or managing some combination of insulin and oral medication, there is always more to learn.

But it’s not just about following a diabetes-friendly diet, or just about taking insulin, or just about getting enough exercise and losing weight — indeed, if you have diabetes, you already know that living with this disease is so much more complicated than that.

In my pursuit to better understand and demystify many aspects of diabetes (I’ve lived with type 1 since 1999), I couldn’t help but write a few books myself:

  • Pregnancy With Type 1 Diabetes: Your Month-to-Month Guide to Blood Sugar Management
  • Your Diabetes Science Experiment: Live Your Life With Diabetes, Instead of Letting Diabetes Live Your Life
  • Dealing With Diabetes Burnout: How to Recharge and Get Back on Track When You Feel Frustrated and Overwhelmed Living With Diabetes
  • Emotional Eating With Diabetes: Your Guide to Creating a Positive Relationship With Food

I’ve researched and written on many aspects of diabetes, so you could say I’m pretty particular when it comes to recommending other books. Only the best!

To point you in the right direction of other great resources, I’ve compiled a list of what I believe are must-read diabetes books for anyone seeking advice on diet, emotional health, medication management, and more.

Best Books for Day-to-Day Blood Sugar Management

Think Like a Pancreas

by Gary Scheiner, CDE

This book should be handed to everyone the moment they are diagnosed. While it speaks largely to those people who are taking insulin, it also teaches readers how to manage diabetes based on the many variables in your body that impact your blood sugar and insulin needs. Through the insights of Gary Scheiner, who has lived with type 1 diabetes for decades, you will gain a deeper understanding of so many things, like why your blood sugar rises in the early morning hours (and what to do about it), how stress and sex hormones impact blood sugar levels, and how to assess and adjust your own insulin doses.

Bright Spots and Landmines: The Diabetes Guide I Wish Someone Had Handed Me

by Adam Brown

Unlike many authors of the diabetes management books you’ll find on shelves, Adam Brown isn’t a medical professional. He’s a writer and he also happens to live with type 1 diabetes, but at his core, he’s a problem solver. This book tackles the many seemingly mundane and insignificant aspects of juggling insulin doses, blood sugar levels, exercise, and food that make real life with diabetes far more complicated than just, “Take your insulin and eat a healthy diet.” Your doctor doesn’t know how incredibly difficult it is to balance your blood sugar after eating a bowl of whole-grain cereal or just two slices of pizza. Adam does. And he guides his readers through the everyday challenges of diabetes management through the eyes of a patient who loves to offer real solutions for real life with diabetes.

The First Year: Type 2 Diabetes — An Essential Guide for the Newly Diagnosed

by Gretchen Becker

This is a must-read for anyone with type 2 diabetes in particular. To write it, Gretchen Becker — who lives with type 2 diabetes and is also an established medical journalist — combined her research skills with her need to gain a deeper understanding than most doctors will provide. The book begins with a very important message: This isn’t your fault, but knowledge is power. Becker dives deep into how and why testing your blood sugar as someone managing type 2 diabetes is important, what the “ideal” diabetes diet is, and even how to talk to your family and employer about diabetes. She also discusses diabetes complications, the financial costs that come with this disease, and the incredibly variety of treatment options available for people with type 2 diabetes.

Sugar Surfing: How to Manage Type 1 Diabetes in a Modern World

by Stephen Ponder, MD and Kevin McMahon

You’ll notice a trend in the books I’ve recommended so far: They’re all written by people who actually lives with diabetes themselves. Dr. Ponder is no different — he’s managed type 1 for decades and he’s an endocrinologist, which makes this a great book for people managing this form of the disease themselves. He’s combined his real-life experience with his hard-earned medical degree to produce a guide to managing your blood sugar and insulin doses with today’s technology. Having an insulin pump and a continuous glucose monitor (CGM) doesn’t make managing type 1 diabetes “easy” by any means, and Ponder knows that. In many ways, it becomes far more complicated because you have far more options and far more expectations. This book is designed to help you make the most of today’s technology while tackling that constantly fluctuating and ever-sensitive wave of your blood sugar.

Best Books for Nutrition and Your Relationship With Food

The Ultimate Guide to Carb-Counting: Featuring the Tools and Techniques Used By Experts

by Gary Scheiner, CDE

Every single person with every single type of diabetes needs to know how to count carbs. It doesn’t matter if you’re following a low-carb diet, a high-carb diet, or an “I don’t care” carb diet — you need to be aware of how many carbohydrates you’re consuming at each meal. Even if you’re not interested in counting each and every single gram, you should know the difference between how many carbs are in an apple — 15 to 22 grams (g) — versus how many carbs are in a strawberry smoothie from Starbucks (60 g). Carb counting is the foundation of diabetes management, and there’s no one better to learn it from than Gary Scheiner. That’s not just because he has diabetes, but because he’s been teaching people with diabetes how to count carbs for decades. He knows how to make this learning process approachable, and (no pun intended) digestible.

Unleash Your Inner Diabetes Dominator

by Daniele Hargenrader

This book is the ultimate source of motivation and tools for success, especially when it comes to making real changes in your habits around food, exercise, and your overall mindset. Hargenrader, who has lived with type 1 diabetes for more than 25 years, combines inspiring patient interviews with her own step-by-step approach to support her clients. The book isn’t just how-tos, but also a self-improvement project on self-love and your overall relationship with the disease you must face on a daily basis. Hargenrader’s no-nonsense approach is delivered with a heaping serving of empathy and support, aiming to help your feelings about diabetes shift from resentment to pride.

The End of Overeating: Taking Control of the Insatiable American Appetite

by David Kessler, MD

Dr. Kessler is best known as the controversial former commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) who spent years trying to weaken the tobacco industry through federal regulation and preventing advertisement of tobacco products to children. His focus in this book — targeting overindulgent Americans — isn’t just about the fact that we as a society are eating too much junk but also about how the food industry is tricking us to keep on eating more of that junk. This book is deeply informative and revealing, and it will no doubt leave an impression on your current ideas and choices around food.

Best Books for Motivation and Inspiration

The Book of Better: Life With Diabetes Can’t Be Perfect — Make It Better

by Chuck Eichten

In perhaps one of the most unique diabetes books out there, Chuck Eichten highlights his career as the design director for Nike. Each page is colorful and the words look more like pictures than sentences while delivering simple yet powerful messages about daily life with diabetes. The book doesn’t push any one agenda or diet or teach you how to take your meds, but instead it offers fresh perspective in a tone that is uplifting while being very down-to-earth and genuine. Each page of this book will amuse you visually and remind you that you really (really) don’t have to do any of this perfectly in order to do it well.

Diabetes 365: Tips for Living Well

by Susan Weiner, RD, CDE, and Paula Ford Martin

This book offers one tip per day to support all aspects of your life with diabetes: nutrition, exercise, medication, mental health, and daily blood sugar management. It’s a refreshing and light approach to learning and improving your diabetes management habits. Susan Weiner, RD, CDE and Paula Ford Martin are a few of the only authors on this list who do not have diabetes, but you’d never know it by talking to them and hearing how knowledgeable they are about the disease. Weiner has been coaching clients in nutrition, weight-loss and diabetes while Martin has been writing and editing on diabetes for decades. Their book aims to give you bite-sized wisdom and guidance — perfect if you’re looking for a nonstressful and nonoverwhelming start to changing your life with diabetes.

50 Secrets of the Longest Living People With Diabetes

by Sheri Colberg, PhD, and Steven V. Edelman, MD

If you’re tired of being told how to eat and how to juggle the demands of this high-maintenance disease by healthcare professionals who don’t actually live with it, this book is for you. Not only do both of the authors have diabetes, but the book is filled with real-life stories, tips, and struggles from people who have been managing diabetes for decades. The chapters work through the emotional, nutritional, technical, and medical aspects of this disease, giving you day-to-day diabetes management knowledge and tips while supporting each section with real voices who have been in your shoes. In addition to being simply educational, this read is also incredibly inspiring.

Best Books for Your Mental and Emotional Health With Diabetes

Diabetes Burnout: What to Do When You Can’t Take It Anymore

by Bill Polonsky, PhD, CDE

Dr. Polonsky is one of the few people without diabetes you’ll ever meet who you’re almost certain must have diabetes because he just totally gets it. When Polonsky talks about living with diabetes, he sounds like he’s been pricking his finger and counting carbs at all his meals for decades. Founder of the Behavioral Diabetes Institute, a one-of-a-kind organization that focuses entirely on helping its patients with the psychological aspects of living with this disease, Polonsky turned his wisdom and expertise on trudging through diabetes burnout into this book so patients everywhere could benefit. It’s a must-read for anyone struggling with the bigger picture of everyday diabetes management.

Balancing Diabetes

by Kerri Sparling

Sparling is well known in the diabetes community for her genuine and witty blogs at SixUntilMe.com. If you’re looking for real-life experience and stories on the tedious, challenging and rewarding moments of diabetes, this book is awesome. The best part is that it is filled with several dozen voices in addition to Sparling’s. When I first read this book, I wasn’t even having a bad day or bad week with diabetes, but simply reading its variety of short stories from so many different voices left me feeling incredibly supported! This book reminds you that, 1) you are not alone, and 2) we all face those challenges in every tiny little part of life that diabetes tries to interfere with. I love this book because it’s a fast read, but it’s also incredibly valuable, and an unexpected boost for your spirit.

The ABCs of Loving Yourself With Diabetes

by Riva Greenberg

Riva isn’t just a person with type 1 diabetes — she’s a powerhouse advocate for us all. This sweet and light read offers the reminders that we all need while facing a disease that is constantly trying to tell you whether you’re doing a good or bad job that day. Every blood sugar reading takes its toll, because no matter how you color it, that number is either in your target range or it’s not, and Riva knows that toll can feel heavy over time. She’s been living with diabetes for over 40 years, and it’s definitely not slowing her down. If you need a powerful yet comforting read for those harder days, this is it.

The 5 Must-Reads from The Healthy Diabetic

From the moment I was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes I wanted to know as much as I could in order to help myself. Being 22, I plunged into this strange new world pretty much overnight and having very little knowledge on the condition, I thought the best way to try and make sense of everything was to take control of my health through education.

I’m a big advocate of education. I believe the best person who can help you is you, and that is especially true when it comes to diabetes management. My thought process was that if I get my overall health under control, then controlling my diabetes management would, hopefully, be a little more straightforward.

There are many books out there that are aimed directly for diabetics. Many you can pick up online or in your local book store that will give you a real insight into this crazy and, at times, unpredictable world. But after four years of being a Type 1 diabetic, I’ve found a mixture of diabetes specific and overall health-management books that have helped me the most. Once read, I’ve then used these to tie into my own every-day and long-term health and applied, where necessary, to my diabetes management.

Today, I want to share the top 5 books that I’ve come across that have helped me the most in understanding and living with diabetes over the last four years — both from a mental and physical standpoint.

5 – Diabetes: A practical guide to managing your health by Rosemary Walkers & Jill Rodgers

The week I got diagnosed my parents bought me this and it’s still on my desk right next to me as I write this. It’s my go-to guide on all things diabetes related. It covers a huge variety of topics from the basics, to the gender specifics, to nutrition, to exercise and onto potential complications. It’s a fantastic go-to book.

4 – The Chimp Paradox by Professor Steve Peters

Diabetes is just as much a mental battle sometimes as it is a physical one. During the start of 2015, I went through a period of depression and was recommended this book by a friend. This book, alongside therapy, was incredibly helpful to understand why my mind was acting a certain way, to understand my own emotions and thought processes and to help me work on the mental side of my health in order to move forward in a direction I was happier with.

3 – Thinking like a Pancreas by Gary Scheiner

Everything you could possibly want to know about Diabetes is within this book. Gary, a Type 1 diabetic himself, has produced a light-hearted yet professional book, all to do with living with this condition. It gives straightforward and easy-to-follow advise and helped me understand how to regulate my blood glucose levels better and reduce my HbA1c. My top diabetes specific book.

2 – Fitter Food: A Lifelong Recipe by Keris Marsden & Matt Whitmore

This book changed my nutrition and eating habits forever. Keris and Matt have produced a wonderfully straightforward nutrition book, teaching the basics of building a healthy plate of food, dispelling myths and giving easy recipes with delicious ingredients. For a diabetic, I believe it is crucial to have a good and balanced diet that’s packed with plenty of good, single-ingredient foods. Having this knowledge has helped me control my blood sugar levels immensely and this book is a brilliant starting point to do just that. Highly recommend.

1 – Eat, Move & Be Healthy by Paul Chek.

My “bible” on all things health. I believe that health management falls under four main categories — nutrition, exercise, sleep and stress management. All four of these play a big role in controlling my own diabetes and my overall health. Chek’s book allows you to easily read through and create your own eating and exercise plan whilst giving you the tools to make healthier and better decisions when it comes to your overall health management. Under the guidance of this book and applying it’s principles into my own diabetes management, it’s allowed me to control my glucose levels on a day-to-day basis, helped towards keeping my HbA1c in good range and improved my overall health tremendously. I cannot recommend this book enough for everyone.

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Daniel Piper

Dan, who was diagnosed as a Type 1 diabetic at the age of 22 in 2011, is a health and fitness enthusiast who is passionate about promoting a healthy lifestyle to help others with their condition. Dan uses his blog and YouTube channel to share his own experiences and help others with their education of managing their diabetes. Dan currently lives in London, England, and blogs at www.thehealthydiabetic.co.uk and runs a YouTube channel: “The Healthy Diabetic”.

The Best Books About Diabetes

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Luckily for us, there are many books on diabetes. Some are written by patient-experts, others by medical professionals, and some are even fictional novels featuring a character with diabetes. This list of books is divided into different categories. If we’ve reviewed one of these books at Diabetes Daily, you’ll find a link to the review otherwise we’ve linked to a product page.

If we missed a book, please let us know in the comments and we’ll add it to the list.

Resource List of Books About Diabetes


  • The Insulin Resistance Solution by Dr. Rob Thompson
  • Pre-Diabetes: A Complete Guide by Jill Weisenberger MS RDN CDE FAND
  • Thriving With Diabetes by Paul Rosman and David Edelman
  • Lower Your Blood Sugar: The 30 Minute Guide by Jenny Ruhl
  • Pre-Diabetes for Dummies by Alan L. Rubin
  • The End of Diabetes by Joel Fuhrman M.D.
  • Dr. Bernstein’s Diabetes Solution: The Complete Guide to Achieving Normal Blood Sugars by Richard K. Bernstein, M.D.

Type 2 Diabetes

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  • Thriving With Diabetes by Paul Rosman and David Edelman
  • Dr. Bernstein’s Diabetes Solution: The Complete Guide to Achieving Normal Blood Sugars by Richard K. Bernstein
  • Master Your Diabetes: A Comprehensive, Integrative Approach for Both Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes
  • The First Year: Type 2 Diabetes by Gretchen Baker
  • Bright Spots & Landmines: The Diabetes Guide I Wish Someone Had Handed Me by Adam Brown
  • Think Like a Pancreas by Gary Scheiner, CDE
  • Your Diabetes Science Experiment by Ginger Vieira
  • Lower Your Blood Sugar: The 30 Minute Guide by Jenny Ruhl
  • 50 Secrets of the Longest Living People With Diabetes by Sheri Colberg, Ph.D., and Steven V. Edelman, M.D.
  • The End of Diabetes by Joel Fuhrman M.D.
  • The Smart Woman’s Guide to Diabetes by Amy Stockwell Mercer
  • 50 Diabetes Myths That Can Ruin Your Life: And the 50 Diabetes Truths That Can Save It by Riva Greenberg
  • Know Your Numbers, Outlive Your Diabetes by Richard Jackson and Amy Tenderich
  • Diabetes 365: Tips for Living Well by Susan Weiner, RD, CDE, and Paula Ford Martin
  • Dr. Neal Barnard’s Program for Reversing Diabetes by Neal Barnard M.D.
  • Taming the Tiger: Your First Year With Diabetes by William Lee Dubois
  • Until There is a Cure: The Latest and Greatest in Diabetes Self-Care by Gary Scheiner, CDE
  • The ABCs of Loving Yourself With Diabetes by Riva Greenberg
  • Aging Well With Diabetes by Bottom Line, Inc (various expert authors)
  • Sex and Diabetes by Janis Rozler, RD, CDE, LDN and Donna Rice, MBA, BSN, RN, CDE

Type 1 Diabetes

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  • Dr. Bernstein’s Diabetes Solution: The Complete Guide to Achieving Normal Blood Sugars by Richard K. Bernstein, M.D.
  • Master Your Diabetes: A Comprehensive, Integrative Approach for Both Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes
  • Bright Spots & Landmines: The Diabetes Guide I Wish Someone Had Handed Me by Adam Brown
  • Sugar Surfing by Dr. Stephen Ponder, M.D. and Kevin L. McMahon
  • Think Like a Pancreas by Gary Scheiner, CDE
  • Thriving With Diabetes by Paul Rosman and David Edelman
  • Blood Sugar 101: What They Don’t Tell You About Diabetes by Jenny Ruhl
  • 50 Secrets of the Longest Living People With Diabetes by Sheri Colberg, Ph.D., and Steven V. Edelman, MD
  • Your Diabetes Science Experiment by Ginger Vieira
  • Beating the Odds: 64 Years of Diabetes Health by Richard A Vaughn
  • Until There is a Cure: The Latest and Greatest in Diabetes Self-Care by Gary Scheiner, CDE
  • The Smart Woman’s Guide to Diabetes by Amy Stockwell Mercer
  • The ABCs of Loving Yourself With Diabetes by Riva Greenberg
  • Dr. Neal Barnard’s Program for Reversing Diabetes by Neal Barnard M.D.
  • 50 Diabetes Myths That Can Ruin Your Life: And the 50 Diabetes Truths That Can Save It by Riva Greenberg
  • Taming the Tiger: Your First Year With Diabetes by William Lee Dubois
  • Diabetes 365: Tips for Living Well by Susan Weiner, RD, CDE, and Paula Ford Martin
  • A Woman’s Guide to Diabetes By Dr. Nat Strand and Brandy Barnes
  • Know Your Numbers, Outlive Your Diabetes by Richard Jackson and Amy Tenderich
  • Elle and Coach (the story of a girl and her diabetic alert dog) by Stefany Shaheen
  • Sex and Diabetes by Janis Rozler, RD, CDE, LDN and Donna Rice, MBA, BSN, RN, CDE
  • The Ultimate Guide to Traveling the World With Type 1 Diabetes by Cazzy Magennis

Pregnancy and Diabetes

  • Pregnancy With Type 1 Diabetes: Your Month-to-Month Guide to Blood Sugar Management by Ginger Vieira
  • Balancing Pregnancy with Pre-existing Diabetes: Healthy Mom, Healthy Baby by Cheryl Alkon
  • Real Food for Gestational Diabetes by Lily Nichols, RDN, CDE, CLT

Food and Diabetes

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  • The Pocket Carbohydrate Counter Guide for Diabetes by Shelby Kinnaird
  • Diet 101: The Truth About Low Carb Diets by Jenny Ruhl
  • The Ultimate Guide to Carb-Counting: Featuring the Tools and Techniques Used By Experts by Gary Scheiner, CDE
  • The Diabetic Wine Lover’s Guide by Ted Berland
  • The Diabetes Diet by Richard K. Bernstein, M.D.
  • Emotional Eating With Diabetes by Ginger Vieira
  • The Smart Woman’s Guide to Eating Right With Diabetes by Amy Stockwell Mercer
  • The Insulin-Resistance Diet by Cheryle R. Hart and Mary Kay Grossman
  • The Pre-Diabetes Diet Plan by Hillary Wright
  • Real Food for Gestational Diabetes by Lily Nichols, RDN, CDE, CLT

Books for or About Kids and Teens With Diabetes

  • Open Up Your Bag by Michael Lawson
  • Kids First, Diabetes Second: Tips for Parenting a Child With Type 1 Diabetes By Leighann Calentine
  • Raising Teens With Diabetes: A Survival Guide for Parents By Moira McCarthy Stanford
  • Life is Short, Laundry is Eternal By Scott Benner
  • Ballerina Dreams by Zippora Karz
  • I Have Diabetes, written and illustrated by Karri Andersen
  • Taking Diabetes to School by Kim Gosselin

Exercise and Diabetes

  • Fit With Diabetes by Christel Oerum
  • Yoga for Diabetes: How to Manage Your Health With Yoga and Ayurveda by Rachel Zinman
  • Diabetes & Keeping Fit for Dummies by Dr. Sheri Colberg

Mindset and Emotional Support

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  • Dealing With Diabetes Burnout by Ginger Vieira
  • Unleash Your Inner Diabetes Dominator by Daniele Hargenrader
  • Diabetes Burnout: What to Do When You Can’t Take It Anymore by Bill Polonsky, Ph.D., CDE
  • The Book of Better: Life With Diabetes Can’t Be Perfect—Make It Better by Chuck Eichten
  • Balancing Diabetes by Kerri Sparling

For Loved Ones of People With Diabetes

  • What To Do When Your Partner Has Diabetes: A Survival Guide by Nicole Johnson and Lorraine Stiehl
  • Type 1 Diabetes Caregiver Confidence by Samantha Markovitz
  • Sugar Free Support by Naomi Kingery

Diabetes Comedy

  • One Lump or Two: Things that Suck About Being Diabetic by Haidee Soule Merritt
  • FingerPricks by Haidee Soule Merritt

Diabetes Fiction

  • The Amendment Killer by Ronald S. Barak
  • Zombies and Zinfandels: An Apocalyptic Comedy by Scott Hughey
  • The Baby-Sitters Club: The Truth About Stacey by Ann M. Martin
  • True Believers by Kurt Andersen
  • Sweetblood by Pete Hautman
  • One Step Behind by Henning Mankell

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The Type 2 Diabetes Diet Book, Fourth Edition – 4 Edition by Calvin Ezrin & Robert E Kowalski

Lose weight safely and quickly by converting fat into fuel!

“The diet itself is remarkably simple. The entire regimen has been scientifically designed to provide good nutrition in a way that will put you on track for the rest of your life.” — The Diabetic Reader

“The diet designed to decrease insulin production and facilitate conversion of stored fat into burnable energy.” — Nutrition Today

The Type 2 Diabetes Diet Book has helped millions decrease insulin production, lose weight, and conquer their “diabesity”–and this new edition has been updated to reflect the latest advances in diabetes care. Using this guide, you can design a low-carb, low-calorie diet that helps you shed weight while controlling your diabetes.

New to this edition:

  • Recipes and meal plans that reflect current nutrition research and appeal to any palate
  • Updated ADA recommendations
  • Detailed examination of the link between good sleep and weight loss
  • The revolutionary new medication for treating obesity

With quick-reference tables presenting the caloric, carbohydrate, fat, and protein content of common food and drinks, The Type 2 Diabetes Diet Book, Fourth Edition is the only guide you need to shed pounds safely and effectively.

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