New Diabetes Books Abound


New diabetes books are appearing left and right, and we’ve complied a list of some newly published and up-and-coming titles you won’t want to miss. Check out our diabetes books list, and if you’ve already read the books, please send us your feedback.

Insulin Pumps and Continuous Glucose Monitoring: A User’s Guide to Effective Diabetes Management

Francine Kaufman

Acclaimed pediatric endocrinologist, Dr. Francine Kaufman, who shared a story with us about her work in Haiti, has written a book on new diabetes technology. Insulin Pumps and Continuous Glucose Monitoring explains how new devices can dramatically improve care, as well as how to prepare for the physical and psychological challenges that come with these new regimens.

It provides a comprehensive medical approach to diabetes management and pump therapy with an appreciation for the real-life challenges and frustrations faced every day by people with diabetes. Dr. Kaufman’s book demonstrates just how well people with diabetes on insulin therapy can manage with insulin pumps and continuous glucose monitors.

True Believers: A Novel

Kurt Andersen

Kurt Andersen’s latest novel tells the story of Karen Hollander, who has type 1 diabetes.  According to the book description, Hollander is a celebrated attorney who removed herself from consideration for appointment to the U.S. Supreme Court. Her reasons have their roots in 1968—an episode she’s managed to keep secret for more than forty years.

Now, with the imminent publication of her memoir, she’s about to let the world in on that shocking secret—as soon as she can track down the answers to a few crucial last questions.

 As Karen reconstructs the past and reconciles the girl she was then with the woman she is now, finally sharing pieces of her secret past with her national-security-cowboy boyfriend and Occupy-activist granddaughter, the power of memory and history and luck become clear. Sounds intriguing, but what we really want to know about is the character’s diabetes.

D-blogger Mike Hoskins who reviewed True Believers said, “Throughout the narrative, readers are treated to about 30 separate mentions of type 1 diabetes, woven into the story naturally as part and parcel of the protagonist’s life. To achieve this, Kurt transposed some of his own D-experiences and emotions into his main character, who was diagnosed as a teenager in 1967.”

Life Is Short, Laundry Is Eternal: Confessions of a Stay-at-Home Dad

Scott Benner

D-blogger Scott Benner, who writes Arden’s Day has written a memoir about being a 12-year stay-at-home dad and the father of a little girl with type 1 diabetes.
When Scott’s daughter Arden was diagnosed with diabetes at the age of two, his life changed, but his positive attitude didn’t.
If Scott’s voice shines through in this book as well as it does in his blog, then we can expect an honest, funny, and sometimes heart-wrenching account of life.  As someone who is always overwhelmed by piles of laundry, I have a feeling I will be able to relate to much of this book, even if I’m a mother, not a dad.   

Life is Short, Laundry is Eternal has a Facebook page.



Raising Teens with Diabetes: A Survival Guide for Parents

Moira McCarthy

Moira McCarthy’s daughter’s diabetes diagnosis presented her with the ultimate challenge: how to raise a healthy – but still active and happy child — and how to make a difference in the diabetes world.

Author of the best-selling book The Everything Parent’s Guide to Juvenile Diabetes and creator of the blog Despitediabetes, McCarthy is a well-known national diabetes advocate and was JDRF’s International Volunteer of the Year in 2007. She and her daughter have been guests on CNN Live, Larry King Live, FOX morning News, Good Morning America and on the front page of the New York Times. Her daughter, now a college student 500 miles away from home, is thriving. Their mantra: despite diabetes, you need to get busy living.

Her up-and-coming book, Raising Teens with Diabetes: A Survival Guide for Parents, is a no-nonsense, honest approach at not just surviving but thriving in those challenging years, from a mother who has been there.



Diabetes Do’s & How-To’s

Riva Greenberg

Riva Greenberg, a Huffington Post blogger, ASweetLife contributor and a dear friend,has a brand new diabetes book out. Diabetes Do’s & How-To’s is the quintessential “owner’s manual” for those with diabetes and pre-diabetes. Here are the small, yet powerful steps to live well with diabetes — and guidance how to take them. This book isn’t about diabetes, it’s an instruction manual for, simply and quickly, creating your best health.

Riva Greenberg, a diabetes educator and patient who’s had diabetes for forty years, clears up the confusion, and with a team of top diabetes experts, guides you through 65 steps to improve how you deal with food and eat healthily, bring your weight within a normal range if necessary, begin or accelerate your fitness and enjoy it, manage your medicines, lab tests and doctor visits, progress while staying positive, and so much more. Worksheets help you start new goals, fellow patients share personal “How-To’s,” and Haidee S. Merritt’s cartoons put a smile on your face. A section is also dedicated to health care professionals to further help patients succeed.


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Scott Benner
9 years ago

I hope everyone enjoys Life Is Short! Thank you for talking about my book… and for the very kind words about my writing, I was truly touched. Best, Scott

Mike Hoskins
9 years ago

All great reads! Thanks for the shout-out, too!

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