The Best Books for a Diabetic

American Diabetes Association Complete Guide to Diabetes (fifth edition)

The American Diabetes Association is the most reliable and thorough source for diabetes information. This book breaks down every aspect of the disease in a clear and simple way, using bullets, breakout boxes, and diagrams to describe even the most complicated processes. It will teach you everything technical you need to know— from how to define a calorie to how glucose is processed, while sharing a wealth of compelling facts along the way. (Who knew that in ancient times diabetes was diagnosed by pouring a patient's urine on an anthill? If the ants were attracted to the urine, it meant it contained sugar.) There are sections on healthy eating, exercise, insulin, the health care system, and family life with diabetes. This book is truly the "complete guide," and essential for a diabetic's bookshelf.

50 Diabetes Myths That Can Ruin Your Life by Riva Greenberg

Author Riva Greenberg's writing voice makes this book a true gem. You could read this book cover to cover, forgetting that it is an informational book, simply because Greenberg is so captivating and personable. The book is structured in a myth / reality format: Greenberg states a popular misconception about diabetes and goes on to explain the truth. She busts myths like "I shouldn't drink alcohol because it will raise my blood pressure" with a combination of personal anecdotes and scientific research.

The Official Pocket Guide to Diabetic Exchanges: Choose Your Foods

Many diabetics say this is the one resource they couldn't go without. It breaks down the number of carbohydrates in various foods and converts them to diabetic exchanges. This book takes the guesswork out of planning meals and makes it easy to eat the foods you love in the right proportion. Every diabetic should get her hands on this handy guide.

The Big Book of Diabetic Desserts by Jackie Mills

This is the first collection of dessert recipes ever published by the American Diabetes Association. So often diabetic recipes make weird substitutions or use odd ingredients that make desserts taste bitter. But this book teaches you how to bake with artificial sweeteners and keep your recipes low-calorie while keeping them delicious. The book has recipes for everything from pies, tarts, cakes, and cookies to custards, mousses, and cheesecakes. There is something to please every sweet tooth in this collection.

Forefront Magazine

Forefront is the American Diabetes Association's research magazine. This is certainly not the place one should turn to for general diabetes advice, but this magazine is one of the best resources to learn about diabetes research. It is broken into sections by region of the country, and each region submits a research update about one aspect of their studies. In the most recent issue, the magazine featured articles on the devastation of diabetic neuropathy and clarifying the mechanisms of insulin resistance. This magazine would be an excellent resource for someone wishing to probe into the intricacies of the disease and stay up to date on all the most recent research.

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