Weekly Reads

Informative books about diabetes.

The “Disease”

by Scott D. Strawn

 

November is Diabetes Awareness Month.  According to the American Diabetes Association, another person is diagnosed with diabetes every 21 seconds.  Over 30 million Americans presently battle diabetes.  Chances are that you know someone who has recently been diagnosed with diabetes.  It may actually be you, yourself.  Here are some titles to help you or your friend understand what diabetes is and what it means to be a diabetic.  It must be noted that though these books can help supplement your knowledge of the situation, neither these books, or any others, can take the place of your doctor’s or nutritionist’s advice. 

Bright Spots and Landmines, by Adam Brown

  

This title is inspiration based on experience.  Diagnosed with diabetes in 2001, Brown is senior editor of diatribe.org and writes a column, “Adam’s Corner” on the site.  This book tells his own experience in handling diabetes, what worked for him and how he made it work for him.  This book is less authoritative dictation and more friendly advice.  Most important lesson imparted by this book?  Keep a positive attitude.

 

 

 

The First Year: Type 2 Diabetes, by Gretchen Becker

 

 

 

It has been said that the best advice to newly diagnosed diabetics is:  “You can let diabetes control you or you can control your diabetes.”  Becker’s story is testimony to that.  Diagnosed in 1996, she researched diabetes, talking to other diabetics, doctors, nutritionists and other experts.  This book, published in 2015, is the result of those 19 years of research.  From diet to blood sugar levels, from insulin to exercise, this title covers it all.

 

 

Diabetes for Dummies, by Alan L. Rubin, MD

 

Be careful when recommending this book.  The last thing one needs, after a diagnoses of diabetes, is to be referred to as a “dummy.”  Despite the title, this book is packed with information for the reader who wants to be smart about diabetes.  It addresses the causes of diabetes, its effects, the handling of diabetes and other basics.  It helps the reader to understand not only how to control diabetes but one’s overall health.

The Essential Diabetes Book, by the Diabetes Experts at Mayo Clinic

 

The subtitle of this book is “How to Prevent, Control, and Live Well with Diabetes.”  The “well” in that subtitle says what the main goal of this book is; the authorship by the diabetes experts at the Mayo Clinic says that they know how to get one to the goal of “well.”  With details on every stage of the process, the book truly covers the life process of controlling diabetes.

 

What Do I Eat Now?: A Step-by-Step Guide to Eating Right with Type 2 Diabetes by Patti B. Geil R.D. and Tami A. Ross R.D.

 

 

 

Being diagnoses with diabetes means a massive change in diet.  It does not mean that the diabetic is facing a life of eating cardboard and drinking distilled water.  It does mean watching portions at meals and knowing how to read nutrition labels and what they mean.  It means watching what one eats when one is away from home and is limited to chain restaurants.  Geil and Ross help the reader navigate through tough situations, make the right choices and find the right way to eat to live with diabetes.   

 

All books listed can be obtained through your local library.  For more information about books concerning diabetes, or to find out about library services and programs, please visit your local library, or go to ahjlibrary.org.  Mr. Strawn is Director of the Allendale-Hampton-Jasper Regional Library.