There are literally hundreds of books and websites for people with diabetes and their families. These are some that we have read and visited and have found to be helpful and trustworthy. 

For Adults Only! There are also many books and websites for and about children and teens with diabetes and their family members, but we have chosen not to list them here. Similarly, we have chosen to exclude the myriad cookbooks that are available. 

Books

Websites-Organizations

Websites-Independent

Websites-Corporate

 


Books

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The Little Diabetes Book You Need to Read

The Little Diabetes Book You Need to Read by Michael A. Weiss and Martha M. Funnell, MS, RN, CDE (Philadelphia: Running Press, 2007) 

We may be biased, but we believe this is the first book you should read. Most books focus on treating diabetes, but don’t address the reality of living with the condition. This book focuses on the person with diabetes, rather than solely on the disease. Managing diabetes is all about an individual’s daily choices: what to eat, what medications to take, whether to exercise, and how often to check glucose levels. Readers can sort through their feelings, needs, and inclinations toward making these choices, and create a “real-world” plan that will provide an optimal quality of life. This book is the starting point for living with diabetes.

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American Diabetes Association Complete Guide to Diabetes

American Diabetes Association Complete Guide to Diabetes, 4th edition (Alexandria, VA: American Diabetes Association, 2005)

This home reference gives you information and answers questions about self-care and medical breakthroughs. 

 

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Carol Guber’s Type 2 Diabetes Life Plan

Carol Guber’s Type 2 Diabetes Life Plan by Carol Guber, MS (New York: Broadway Books, 2002)

Covering biology, physiology, genetics, medication, and lifestyle issues, this book offers day-to-day advice for staying active, choosing healthy food and staying motivated.

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Conquering Diabetes

Conquering Diabetes by Anne L. Peters, MD (New York: Plume, 2005)
This book, written by an endocrinologist, offers a program to reverse prediabetes and to treat both types of diabetes.

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Diabesity

Diabesity by Francine R. Kaufman, MD (New York: Bantam, 2005)
This book, written by an endocrinologist, discusses the diagnosis of diabetes, the world history of diabetes and obesity and what can be done to fix the problem. 

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Diabetes: A Guide to Living Well, 4th edition

Diabetes: A Guide to Living Well, 4th edition, by Gary Arsham, MD, PhD and Ernest Lowe (Alexandria, VA: American Diabetes Association, 2003)
Written by an endocrinologist who has diabetes, this book offers three levels of treatment and helps readers decide which level will work for them. 

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Diabetes: A Practical Guide to Managing Your Health 

Diabetes: A Practical Guide to Managing Your Health by Rosemary Walker and Jill Rogers (New York: Dorling Kindersley, 2003)
A patient-centered guide to managing diabetes, published in association with Diabetes UK, this book covers all types of diabetes. 

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Diabetes A to Z, 5th edition, by the American Diabetes Association 

Diabetes A to Z, 5th edition, by the American Diabetes Association (Alexandria, VA: American Diabetes Association, 2003)
This easy to read book covers diabetes from alcohol to vitamins and is alphabetized for easy reference. 

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Diabetes Burnout: What to do When You Can’t Take it Anymore

Diabetes Burnout: What to do When You Can’t Take it Anymore by William H. Polonsky, PhD, CDE (Alexandria, VA: American Diabetes Association, 1999)

This interactive book addresses the emotional aspects and diabetes and provides guidance to overcome barriers to self-care.

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Diabetes on Your Own Terms

Diabetes on Your Own Terms by Janis Roszler, RD, CDE, LDN (New York: Marlowe and Co., 2007)

This book provides treatment options, how to establish health goals, information about health practices and suggestions for incorporating new habits into your daily life.

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Dr. Gavin’s Health Guide for African Americans

Dr. Gavin’s Health Guide for African Americans by James R. Gavin, MD, PhD (Alexandria, VA: Small Steps Press, 2004)

This book, written by an endocrinologist, discusses health topics of particular concern for African Americans, using a family-centered approach. 

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Know Your Numbers, Outlive Your Diabetes: Five Essential Health Factors You Can Master to Enjoy a Long and Healthy Life

Know Your Numbers, Outlive Your Diabetes: Five Essential Health Factors You Can Master to Enjoy a Long and Healthy Life by Richard Jackson, MD and Amy Tenderich (New York: Marlowe & Co., 2007)

This book emphasizes five tests for monitoring overall health: A1C, blood pressure, lipids (HDL, LDL, triglycerides), microalbumin, and yearly eye exams and how to understand each of these and create a personal treatment plan. 

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Managing Diabetes Your Way Workbook 

 

Managing Diabetes Your Way Workbook by Beth Ann Petro Roybal (Berkeley, CA: Ulysses Press, 2005)

This book provides a personalized, at-home program to monitor, track, and manage diabetes using a structured workbook.

 

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Psyching Out Diabetes: A Positive Approach to Your Negative Emotions

Psyching Out Diabetes: A Positive Approach to Your Negative Emotions, 3rd edition, by Richard R. Rubin, PhD, CDE (Los Angeles: McGraw-Hill, 1999)

This book examines the psychological impact of diabetes, how to put it into perspective and learn coping skills. 

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Real-Life Guide to Diabetes

Real-Life Guide to Diabetes by Hope S. Warshaw, MMSC, RD, CDE, BC-ADM, and Joy Pape, RN, BSN, CDE, WOCN, CFCN (Alexandria, VA: American Diabetes Association, 2009)

Using a searchable format, this book provides answers to your questions about diabetes.

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Sex and Diabetes: For Him and For Her 

Sex and Diabetes: For Him and For Her by Janis Roszler, RD, CDE, LDN, and Donna Rice, MBA, BSN, RN, CDE (Alexandria, VA: American Diabetes Association, 2007)

This book offers guidance on this sensitive subject for people with diabetes and their partners.Taking Control of Your Diabetes, 2nd edition, by Steven V. Edelman, MD (Caddo, OK: Professional Communications, 2001)

Written by an endocrinologist who has diabetes, this book educates and inspires. 

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The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Diabetes

The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Diabetes, 2nd edition, by Mayer B. Davidson, MD, Debra L. Gordon; edited by Mike Sanders, Ginny Bess Munroe, Megan Douglass (Indianapolis, IN: Alpha Books, 2009)

This book teaches readers how to explore available treatments, and self-care activities to help avoid long and short-term complications. 

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The Diabetes Answer Book 

The Diabetes Answer Book by David K. McCulloch, MD (Naperville, IL: Sourcebooks, Inc., 2008)

Using a question and answer format, this book provides a reference for diabetes care.

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The Diabetes Problem-Solver: Quick Answers to Your Questions About Treatment and Self-Care

The Diabetes Problem-Solver: Quick Answers to Your Questions About Treatment and Self-Care, 2nd edition, by Nancy Touchette, PhD (Alexandria, VA: American Diabetes Association, 2006)

This book is a wide-range reference for diabetes care. 

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The Diabetes Travel Guide

The Diabetes Travel Guide, 2nd edition, by Davida Kruger, MSN, RN, BC-ADM (Alexandria, VA: American Diabetes Association, 2007)

This book helps you learn how to travel safely, anticipate problems and plan for things that can go wrong while traveling with diabetes.

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

The First Year – Type 2 Diabetes: An Essential Guide for the Newly Diagnosed by Gretchen Becker (New York: Marlowe and Co., 2001)

This book is a guide through your first year with diabetes, including what you need to learn and do each day.

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The “I Hate to Exercise” Book for People with Diabetes

The “I Hate to Exercise” Book for People with Diabetes by Charlotte Hayes, MMSc, MS, RD, CDE (Alexandria, VA: American Diabetes Association, 2001)
This book focuses on easing into physical activity and incorporating physical activity into your daily routine, including activities and exercises for healthy aging.

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The Secrets of Living and Loving with Diabetes

The Secrets of Living and Loving with Diabetes by Janis Roszler, RD, CDE, LDN, William H. Polonsky, PhD, CDE, Steven V. Edelman, MD (Chicago: Surrey Books, 2004)

This book discusses the most intimate issues that individuals need to know about diabetes. The Uncomplicated guide to Diabetes Complications, 3rd edition, by Marvin
Levin, MD, Michael Pfeifer, MD, CDE (Alpharetta, GA: American Diabetes Association, 2007)

This book helps you understand the complications of diabetes, what they mean, and what treatments are available.

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Type 1 Diabetes for Dummies

Type 1 Diabetes for Dummies by Alan L. Rubin (Indianapolis, IN: Wiley Pub., Inc., 2008)

This guide helps you understand and manage the disease, with tips on working with your doctor, administering insulin, developing a diet and exercise plan, and coping with illness and travel. 

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Type 2 Diabetes for Beginners

Type 2 Diabetes for Beginners by Phyllis Barrier, MS, RD (Alexandria, VA: American Diabetes Association, 2005)

This book is a guide to basics of living with and managing diabetes. 

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Understanding Insulin Pumps & Continuous Glucose Monitors

Understanding Insulin Pumps & Continuous Glucose Monitors by H. Peter Chase, Jana Gaston, Laurel Messer (Denver, CO: Childrens Diabetes Foundation at Denver, 2007)

This book provides information on the advantages and disadvantages of insulin pump therapy. 

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Using Our Wit and Wisdom to Live Well With Diabetes

Using Our Wit and Wisdom to Live Well With Diabetes by Barbara Mora (Rockville, MD: Department of Health and Human Services, Indian Health Service; Atlanta, GA: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2008)

This book is a guide for American Indians and Alaska Natives and others who are beginning their journeys with diabetes.

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Your First Year With Diabetes 

Your First Year With Diabetes by Theresa Garnero (Alexandria, VA: American Diabetes Association, 2008)

This book walks you through a first-30-days‘ survival plan, then shows a month-by-month program for what comes next. 

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50 Diabetes Myths That Can Ruin Your Life: and the 50 Diabetes Truths That Can Save It

50 Diabetes Myths That Can Ruin Your Life: and the 50 Diabetes Truths That Can Save It by Riva Greenberg (Philadelphia, PA: Da Capo Press, 2009)

With recommendations from top experts and engaging patient stories, this book explains information about managing diabetes. 

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101 Tips for Coping with Diabetes

101 Tips for Coping with Diabetes by Richard Rubin, PhD, CDE, Gary M. Arsham, MD, PhD, Catherine Feste, David G. Marrero, PhD and Stefan H. Rubin (Alexandria, VA: American Diabetes Association, 2003)

Using a question and answer format, this book offers tips for handling the emotional side of diabetes. This is part of a series of “Tips” books published by the American Diabetes Association on a variety of diabetes management topics.

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Websites

In addition to the sites listed here, you may want to visit the websites of your local health centers and managed care companies.

Websites-Organizations

www.cdc.gov/diabetes is the official website of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention of the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Diabetes Division, containing information for the public including research, statistics and educational publications. Many portions of the website are available in Spanish.

www.diabetes.org is the official website of the American Diabetes Association and contains information about all types of diabetes and the local and national activities of the Association. It is available in Spanish and contains a link to the Association’s bookstore. Organizations outside the United States, such as the Canadian Diabetes Association, often have their own websites. 

www.idf.org is the official website of the International Diabetes Federation, an umbrella organization of national diabetes associations in over 160 countries. It contains information for people with diabetes and organization activities, including World Diabetes Day.

www.jdrf.org is the official website of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International, containing information about type 1 diabetes and its research and other national and local activities. A recent feature is “Juvenation”, a social network for people with type 1 diabetes.

www.yourdiabetesinfo.org is the official website of the National Diabetes Education Program and contains comprehensive information about all types of diabetes along with resources for people with diabetes and others. NDEP is sponsored by the United States Department of Health and Human Services’ National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in partnership with more than 200 public and private organizations. Many portions of the website are available in Spanish and other languages.

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Websites- Independent

www.dawnstudy.com is the official website for the Diabetes Attitudes Wishes and Needs (DAWN) Study sponsored by Novo Nordisk which was the landmark study addressing the emotional impact of diabetes. 

www.diabeteshealth.com is a free newsletter containing news and information for people interested in diabetes. 

www.diabetesmine.com is a popular “all things” site and blog for people interested in diabetes that contains news, opinions and information about diabetes treatments and products. 

www.diatribe.us is a free newsletter containing comprehensive and up-to-date research and product news for people with diabetes.

www.medpedia.com/communities/47-diabetes is the diabetes-related website for the Medpedia Project, a long-term, worldwide model for sharing and advancing knowledge about health and medicine among health professionals and the general public. It includes information about diabetes from experts in the field and provides a forum to ask and have questions answered by these experts.

www.tudiabetes.com is a popular social network for people “touched” by diabetes. It is available in Spanish.

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Websites-Corporations

Each of the following pharmaceutical and medical device companies maintains a website. These sites offer information about specific products, diabetes in general and patient assistance programs. In some cases there are multiple sites. 

Abbott Laboratories
www.abbottdiabetescare.com

Amylin Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
www.byetta.com
www.symlin.com

AstraZeneca PLC
www.astrazeneca-us.com

Bayer AG
www.bayerdiabetes.com/us 

Becton, Dickinson & Company
www.bddiabetes.com 

Bristol-Myers Squibb Company
www.bms.com 

Eli Lilly and Company
www.lillydiabetes.com 

DexCom, Inc.
www.dexcom.com 

GlaxoSmithKline
www.usgsk.com 

Johnson & Johnson
www.jnj.com 
www.animascorp.com 
www.lifescan.com 
www.livingwithdiabetes.com
www.splenda.com

Medtronic MiniMed, Inc.
www.medtronicdiabetes.com 
www.minimed.com 

Merck & Company, Inc.
www.merck.com 

Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation
www.novartis.com 

Novo Nordisk A/S
www.novonordisk.com
www.clwd.com
www.dawnstudy.com
www.levemir-us.com 
www.ncdp.com
www.novolog.com 
www.novologmix70-30.com 
www.prandin.com 

Pfizer Inc.
www.pfizer.com 
www.pfizerhelpfulanswers.com 

Roche Diagnostics
www.roche.com 
www.accu-check.com/us 

Sanofi-Aventis US LLC
www.sanofi-aventis.us 
www.goinsulin.com
www.lantus.com 
www.apidra.com 

Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited
www.takeda.com/products/#diabetes 

 

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