Great Book

Hi all
I’m reading a fascinating book I wanted to share with you all. It’s called “Cheating Destiny, Living with Diabetes, America’s Biggest Epidemic” by James S. Hirsch. I’m not that deep in the book yet but am finding it fascinating. It starts with the history of diabetes treatment from the pre-insulin days. It talks about the various schools of thought and the interaction between the medical and diabetic communities. I feel like reading this history explains to me so much about how we got to where we are today, in terms of treatment but more important emotionally. It covers, for example, the origins of the moralistic, blame-the-patient attitude, the abdication of physician responsibility but conversely the development of strong self-management tools. It also talks about shame and guilt. It’s well worth a read!

I actually found a copy in my Library branch.

I am reading this and it’s great so far… I need to pick it up again!

I got it at a used bookstore - a very interesting read.

you can get it used for next to nothing at

Hey Zoe! this sounds like an interesting book. thanks for the post. i think i’m going to check it out too!


That book is one of my all-time favorites about diabetes. James Hirsch opened my eyes to many new perspectives on research, the medical community, etc. I’m so glad that you found it and that you love it, too!


It is very good book and I like his consummate writing style, but he is, after all, a journalist by trade and published author and knows how to write well.

I have read it and really enjoyed it as well!