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Last Modified On: December 26, 2008

  • Some of the Best books
  • Gretchen Becker's great new book, The First Year—Type 2 Diabetes. While the book aims at the newly diagnosed, it's full of information for everyone with this condition. Leavened with Gretchen's good humor, this book is comprehensive and up-to-date while remaining easy to read.
  • Merck Manuals online.
  • Needles: A Memoir of Growing Up with Diabetes: About the Author
  • Andie Dominick's Needles: A Memoir of Growing Up with Diabetes Article
  • A sidebar on the book Needles
  • The American Diabetes Association Complete Guide to Diabetes: The Ultimate Home Diabetes Reference, 2nd Edition here
  • Dr. Steven V. Edelman's Taking Control of Your Diabetes
  • MEDLINE: A Guide to Effective Searching in PubMed and Other Interfaces. The second edition of Brian S. Katcher’s book about searching MEDLINE has helped me and others to find diabetes-related research. If you are one of those people who take responsibility for your diabetes, you will want to know how to search for it. This book, although rather dry and somewhat expensive, is the best guide I know.
  • Deborah Friedson Chud's The Gourmet Prescription: High Flavor Recipes for Lower Carbohydrate Diets
  • Second Edition of Diabetes for DummiesWhen the first edition of Diabetes for Dummies came out in September 1999, I reviewed it and included it my list of the 17 best books about diabetes. The second edition, just published by Wiley, is even better.
  • John A. Senneff, Numb Toes and Aching Soles: Coping with Peripheral Neuropathy. The sequel is Numb Toes and Other Woes: More on Peripheral Neuropathy.
  • Jennie Brand-Miller's Glucose Revolution: The Authoritative Guide to the Glycemic Index
  • The May 1999 issue of Diabetes Digest published my first review of Jennie Brand-Miller's The Glucose Revolution: The Authoritative Guide to the Glycemic Index.
  • Deb Butterfield's Showdown with Diabetes
  • Michael Bliss's The Discovery of Insulin
  • June Biermann's and Barbara Toohey's The Diabetic's Book
  • The popular eating plan that most closely follows the glycemic index is based on the new bestseller Sugar Busters!. My review of this book was published by Diabetes Interview magazine in its September 1998 issue, and an unedited version of what I wrote is here
  • Insulin Pump Therapy DemystifiedThe pump remains the instrument of choice for insulin users who want the tightest possible control. This is control not just in terms of A1c levels but also in terms of reducing the numbers of highs and lows.
  • The New Glucose RevolutionThis is a “comprehensively revised and expanded” edition of the biggest selling book concerning diabetes, The Glucose Revolution, according to Amazon.com sales statistics. The publisher sent me an advance copy of The New Glucose Revolution, which is due to be published in January.
  • Stop DiabetesGretchen Becker calls her new book Stop Diabetes: 50 Simple Steps You Can Take at Any Age to Reduce Your Risk of Type 2 Diabetes. Just published by Marlowe & Company in New York, this 194-page paperback lists for $12.95 (although Amazon.com sells it for $10.36).
  • The Official Patient’s Sourcebook on Diabetic NeuropathyJust published in August by ICON Health Publications in San Diego, California, this so-called Official Patient’s Sourcebook on Diabetic Neuropathy promises to be of great interest to many of us with diabetes who also have neuropathy, the most common complication. Edited by James N. Parker, M.D., and Philip M. Parker, Ph.D., this 213-page paperback book lists for $28.95.
  • Nutrients for Neuropathy The third volume in John Senneff’s "Numb Toes Series," Nutrients for Neuropathy doesn’t quite have the catchy title of its predecessors, Numb Toes and Aching Soles and Numb Toes and Other Woes. Yet the more limited scope of the current book allows John to go into even greater depth.
  • A Child in Your Care has Diabetes: A Collection of Information. Elisa Hendel's daughter Robyn was six when she was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. When Elisa recovered from the shock of that diagnosis, she diligently collected a huge amount of information on diabetes. Each year she simplified and organized it, distributing it to everyone who is involved in her daughter's life. Now she shares the wealth of her experience with the rest of the world.
  • Carol Guber'sType 2 Diabetes Life Plan: Broadway Books, which published this book in June, is running huge media blitz for Carol Guber's contribution to diabetes knowledge. A week after it was published Amazon.com ranked it between 200 and 2,296. A correspondent tells me than Barnes & Noble had it at number 1.
  • The G.I. Diet: A brand new offering from Canada is a weight-loss diet book based on the glycemic index. The G.I. Diet: The Easy, Healthy Way to Permanent Weight Loss by Rick Gallop is a 178-page paperback that Random House Canada just published for Canadian $24.95.
  • Zen and the Art of Diabetes Maintenance: For some of us older dudes the title of Charles Creekmore's new book, Zen and the Art of Diabetes Maintenance: A spiritual toolkit for a better life is the most interesting thing about it. It brings to mind Robert M. Pirsig's now classic 1974 novel Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An inquiry into values.
  • Food Charts
  • Defeating Diabetes If you thought that it was hard to have diabetes (and it is), imagine how much harder it is to be a vegetarian with diabetes. So many of the hot diets of the day—especially those of Dr. Atkins and Dr. Bernstein and on to the Eades and the Hellers—call for substantial portions of protein in the diet. There isn’t even much on the Web that I have felt good about recommending now that Virginia Messina’s article “Diabetes and a Vegetarian Diet” is no longer online.
  • "Dr. Bernstein's Diabetes Solution," first published in May 1997, is already a classic. The revised and expanded edition will arrive in bookstores at the end of August 2003. I review an advance copy at bernstein.htm.
  • What Makes My Blood Glucose Go Up…And Down? I’m listed as the third of three authors. But, hey, you’ve got to start somewhere, and this is my first book. One of my co-authors, Dr. Jennie Brand-Miller, professor of nutrition at the University of Sydney in Australia, previously published 16 books and 140 journal articles. The world’s leading authority on the glycemic index, she is the co-author of all books in the Glucose Revolution series, which have sold nearly two million copies worldwide.
  • The Diabetic’s Total Health and Happiness Book June Biermann and Barbara Toohey are probably the best-loved and most prolific authors of books about diabetes. We love them because of their honest sharing of so much of themselves and their folksy, down-to-earth upbeat attitude and language. June doesn’t let the diabetes she has had for 36 years keep her from enjoying travel and other new adventures. Barbara, her personal and professional companion, has, if anything, an even more outgoing personality. Together they have written in the past 35 years eight books about diabetes as well as seven on everything from headache relief to biking and skiing. Their most recent previous book, which I reviewed quite positively for the May 1999 issue of Diabetes Digest, was the 1998 publication of the fourth edition of The Diabetic’s Book: All Your Questions Answered.
  • Diabetic Eye Disease: It’s a thrill for me to discover a great book about diabetes. It’s a thrill that is all too rare.
  • South Beach Diet: I’m delighted to see a new diet book based on the glycemic index make The New York Times bestseller list. Called The South Beach Diet, it is nothing more or less than a good-carb, good-fat diet.
  • An Uncommon Doctor: This is an uncommon book about an uncommon doctor. One of the ways in which the book is different is because it is divided almost equally between Dr. Joe Prendergast the person and Dr. Joe’s endocrinology practice.
  • The First Book about Byetta.Strange that the first book about Byetta is for children. It’s strange because the Food and Drug Administration hasn’t approved Byetta for children yet. This lovely little book will, however, interest anyone who is using Byetta to control blood glucose or weight. It will also make a great present for any Byetta user.


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