Books on Diabetes

Anyone have any recommendations on good books to read about diabetes?

I absolutely recommend Psyching Out Diabetes by Richard Rubin, June Bierman and Barbara Toohey. It’s about a decade old, but has some great tips for coping emotionally.

Thank you so much! I’ll be sure to check it out. How long have you had diabetes for? I’ve been recently diagnosed with Type 2, and I’m trying to prepare myself and deal with it the best I can.

Thank you elyse! I’ll take what you said into consideration, but I think it’s at least a good start for me. I appreciate it the advice.

Think Like a Pancreas is the best book I have read since Dr Berstein’s first book on diabetes. I cannot recommend it high enough. It is a real down to earth practical guide to living with D and how you can mange it and not have it manage you.

A Practical Guide to Managing Diabetes with Insulin
by Gary Scheiner MS, CDE
(Copyright 2004, Marlow & Company)

For a newly diagnosed diabetic, the book Blood Sugar 101 by Jenny Ruhl gives very frank, detailed and objective advice.

Another good book in addition to Think like a Pancreas, particularly for those first starting insulin, is Using Insulin, Everything You Need for Success With Insulin by John Walsh

“journey of a diabetic” by Lawrence Pray. an obscure book, maybe 20 years old. it is more about the life of a diabetic rather than the ins and outs. it is a great book if you can find it…

what ever happened to beirman and toohey. they used to be all over the place, and a great resource. never hear about them any more…

Hey Cameron - tons tons tons of great resources and the books below are great. There are also lots of online resources if you’re not sure - I’d try and read the book reviews. Also for just general web resources, you can visit or any other non-profit group offering legit info for free (some do not, or else they’re trying to sell you something). Best of luck!

A lot of good books are available here:

It allows you to order from at Amazon prices, but in a way that makes a small donation to Diabetes Hands Foundation (the organization the runs TuDiabetes).

Hi Cameron,
My favourite book is “The Type II Diabetes Sourcebook”

However as we are all individuals it’s best to test and test your bgs until you know what foods are the best for you to eat.