Top 10 best books for diabetics (Review 2020)
There's a lot to read about diabetes online. Being a diabetic isn't always that easy. I listed my top 10 books for diabetics. These books gave me great advice, tips and tricks on how to manage my diabetes in a better way.
In this review you will learn about:
- What is the best book about diabetes?
- How do I choose the perfect book for me?
- What types of books are there about diabetes?
- Can a book about diabetes help me manage my diabetes better?
Below you can find my overall #1 rated book for diabetics. Keep in mind that there are more books on diabetes available on Amazon, your local shop or library. Use these as a start if they happen to interest you.
Top 10 best books for diabetics
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What is the best book about diabetes?
For me it's the number #1 pick: Think Like a Pancreas. But the best book for you can only be picked by you. It's not because someone recommends a book you should read it. But if more than one person are suggesting you to read a book, go for it. It's definitely worth checking it out. In the end you will be the one and only person that can say if that book was the perfect pick for you.
If you are not sure if the book you want to read is the best book for you than try the following.
- Try borrowing that book and see if you really liked it enough to buy and keep a physical copy for yourself.
- Buy books that you know you'll read multiple times. Personally, I don't think I'll read some of my books again. But those that teached me new and helpful thing I surely read over and over again.
- I take time to read the blurb and the first page of the book, only when it piques my interest I would go towards buying or borrowing the book.
How do I choose the perfect book for me?
Don't just pick a book because it looks nice. Your time is valuable and the book should teach you things you can put to practice. Below you can find 7 tips on how to choose the perfect book.
1. Listen to suggestions and recommendations
If more than one person are suggesting you to read a book, go for it. It ought to be good. If your mom is telling you to read something, read it. If anyone else suggest something, spend time on it.
2. Know what you like to read
Diabetes management? Food? Exercise? Self-help? Sexual health? Select the one you like the most or will benefit the most from.
3. Take a look at top books from authors
Some books are famous and you have to unanimously agree with that and read them.
4. Read online reviews
Read a review of books like this one right here. There are plenty of websites that can suggest good books.
5. Read the back cover of the book
Never forget, and it does not take that much of your time, to read the back cover of the book.
6. Step out of your comfort zone
Take time to step out of your comfort zone. Read them anyway. You got to push the boundaries.
7. Read at the right time
When you have silent time at home, read "heavy" books which are knowledgeable in terms of learning. Take notes. Make sure you put your notes into practice.
What types of books are there about diabetes?
Most books that are written about diabetes are ranked under the following categories:
- Diabetes management
- Diabetes and food
- Diabetes and exercise
- Diabetes, mental health and self-help
- Diabetes and sexual health
More categories exist but almost all of the books that are interesting or that can help/educate you are listed under the categories above.
Can a book about diabetes help me manage my diabetes better?
Yes, sure it can. They are written for a purpose. And surely one of the purposes is to help diabetics understand their disease. You might need help with your diabetes managemnt or any food related questions.
Read with a purpose and put the ideas you learned from the book, to a serious test by taking action on them.
You should primarily read books that teach you specific strategies or tactics related to a problem you’re experiencing in your life with diabetes.
Best books for diabetics reviewed
Have you not yet fully mastered the basics? When it comes to diabetes management, it is best to pick up 'think like a pancreas' from Gary Scheiner. The book is about how to manage type 1 diabetes yourself and how to see patterns in your blood sugars. You will learn how you can better use a pump or pens, how to deal with sports and your blood sugars and more. Gary also addresses developments such as the best CGMs. Gary himself has type 1 diabetes, is a certified diabetes expert and with the book provides strong advice for your first years with type 1 diabetes.
Dr. Stephen Ponder's wrote a great book on how to manage type 1 diabetes in a modern world. He's a pediatric endocrinologist and has had T1 himself since 1966. Dr. Ponder shares his process with which he manages his blood sugar levels very effectively, achieving almost a normalized A1C of almost five. His method focuses on being mindful of all your actions that affect your blood sugar, and looping through the four-steps: monitoring, being "in the moment," analyzing, and execution.
Dr. Richard K. Bernstein never set out to be a doctor. Whether you are recently diagnosed or already have type 1 or type 2 Diabetes for a big portion of your life, Dr. Bernstein, a renowned figure in diabetes treatment and diabetic himself, diagnosed since 1964 at the age of 12, will show you how you could stop the roller-coaster swings in your blood sugars, steady your glucose levels, reduce your insulin intake and enjoy the same level of good health that people without diabetes have. A must read to manage your diabetes better.
Carb counting is a major necessity being diabetic. Wether you have type 1 or type 2. It's even helpful for non-diabetics. The Ultimate Guide to Accurate Carb Counting is the all-in-one resource for practically and effectively managing your carb intake. It includes the basics and the theory behind carb counting, as well as explanations of simple to advanced techniques. Not good at carb counting or just want to improve your current techniques. This is the book you should read.
Being a diabetic doesn't make it easier to go eat out. Let alone eat out well.
My top pick: Think Like A Pancreas
Hope you are ready to read this book after reading this long review. I believe that a book is a great source of education and can always inspire you to see other ways on how to manage your diabetes.