After my post earlier this week (Preconception with T1D) where I recommended some of my favorite preconception books, a lot of you asked me what my favorite T1D books are.
When I first got diagnosed with type 1 diabetes it was damn near impossible to find a book that talked about just T1D. Everything out there lumped type 1 with type 2; T2 diabetes taking up 90% of the pages… leaving a measly chapter or two to talk about type 1 diabetes.
But a lot has changed since 2008. We now have books, blogs, social media accounts, and public figures (just to name a few) that are solely dedicated to T1D.
Can I get a hallelujah?!
Below is a list of my favorite T1D books.
My Favorite T1D Books
In this book, diabetes educator Gary Scheiner provides the tools to “think like a pancreas”—to successfully master the art and science of matching insulin to the body’s ever-changing needs. Comprehensive, free of medical jargon, and packed with useful information not readily available elsewhere.
Managing type 1 diabetes during pregnancy is an incredibly overwhelming yet rewarding pursuit. It’s about so much more than just counting your carbs and getting exercise. Due to constantly increasing hormones during pregnancy, your insulin needs constantly change, too. While no two women’s pregnancies will be alike, the timing of those anticipated insulin adjustments will be similar. In this book, Ginger Vieira and Jennifer Smith, CDE & RD, guide you through preparing for pregnancy, from conception to birth, and through the challenges of managing your blood sugars during postpartum.
Dr. Bernstein’s Diabetes Solution is a unique resource that covers both adult- and childhood-onset diabetes. It explains step-by-step how to normalize blood sugar levels and prevent or reverse complications. It also offers detailed guidelines for establishing a treatment plan and diet.
Sierra Sandison, Miss Idaho 2014, is best known for launching the #showmeyourpump campaign. Now, with the launch of her new book, Sugar Linings: Finding the Bright Side of Type 1 Diabetes, she hopes to send a new message. One of hope and positivity for diabetics and non-diabetics alike. She tells her story, and also discusses the positive sides of living with type 1 diabetes. Finding strength, making connections, and sometimes even forming priceless friendships with others facing similar challenges. She discusses how diabetes can help one discover his or her passion and a way to make a different in the world, develop a greater ability to show compassion and empathy, and other sugar linings that can make each of our journeys with diabetes a little less gloomy.
Sugar Surfing is the first book written to debunk the myths surrounding classic diabetes management. The traditional method taught by well meaning medical providers is woefully inadequate given the recent advancements in technology. Author, Steve Ponder has had type 1 himself for more than 50 years. Co Author, Kevin McMahon is a diabetes Dad and has been a behavioral researcher since 2001. Working together for more than a decade, these two pioneers have helped thousands of people gain control and live a more normal life in spite of diabetes.
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