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You're a superhero to your child! Here's some helpful books for parents, adults and older children managing diabetes.


Type 1 Diabetes and Babysitting: A Parent's Toolkit by Stacey Smith-Bradfield & Dayna Frei

Julie Marmon, M.D. says: Type 1 Diabetes and Babysitting provides parents a method to convey crucial data and not worry that important details have been glossed over. The step-by-step instructions and flow charts with areas to personalize, streamline care and remove fear from a situation which may be scary for sitters and family members. Great work!”

Kids First Diabetes Second: tips for parenting a child with type 1 diabetes

Here's a few reviews:

“Leighann’s book is the support system and toolkit that every family needs in order to make sure diabetes doesn’t get in the way of your kid being able to live life like a kid.”

— Diabetes Daily

“…this book covers the right balance of practical information on tactics and tips for managing diabetes along with how to deal with the emotional burden of raising a child with diabetes.”

— DiabetesMine

Until There Is A Cure by Gary Scheiner, MS, CDE

Until There Is a Cure: The Latest and Greatest in Diabetes Self-Care is the perfect book for people with diabetes, their spouses, friends, and families, diabetes educators, or healthcare professionals who require the most current, relevant information on advancements in diabetes research, technologies, and treatments.



Raising Teens with Diabetes: A Survival Guide for Parents

"Moira brings out a raw account of the organized chaos of the teenage years living with T1D. You want to reach through the book and hug her for her honest reflection on some of the hardest times for not only a mother and daughter, but for an entire family accepting T1D into their homes"

-Regina Shirley RD, LDN

Getting a Grip on Diabetes by the Loy brothers

Getting a Grip on Diabetes gives quick tips and techniques for kids and teens.  The book addresses such topics as school, sports, traveling, sick days and much more.

Diabetic Athlete's Handbook by Sheri Colberg, PhD

Sheri Colberg, PhD, is an author, college professor (Old Dominion University), exercise physiologist, clinical exercise researcher, and international lecturer on healthy lifestyles, diabetes prevention and management, exercise and physical activity, and much more.   Her favorite pastime (besides being physically active) is sharing information to help people live not just longer, but especially healthier lives, and she practices what she preaches as she has been exercising and living well with type 1 diabetes for over 44 years.

The Challenges of Childhood Diabetes; Family Strategies for Raising a Healthy Child by Laura Plunkett with Linda Weltner

The Challenges of Childhood Diabetes; Family Strategies for Raising a Healthy Child by Laura Plunkett with Linda Weltner. This book has strategies for dealing with the emotional and nutritional aspects of caretaking.  The chapters contain information and challenges about the first year through the second year.  It is packed with great information.  The last part has a section on A Survival Guide for Parents.  


A First Book For Understanding Diabetes by H. Peter Chase

This book is a synopsis of the larger book, Understanding Diabetes. It provides a quick summary of each of the 28 chapters. It may be easier to begin learning from this book until people are ready to read the larger book. This book replaces A Book for Coloring and Learning about Diabetes. 

Really Cool Tips For Kids with Diabetes by the Loy brothers

In Really Cool Tips for Kids the authors expand on the first book Getting a Grip on Diabetes by obtaining life stories and coping strategies from other kids. One of the chapters is titled The Adventures of Going on the Pump with Spike and Bo. I found these books to be very easy to read while traveling, waiting for an appointment or right before I turned out the lights for the evening. These are both American Diabetes Association books.

A Cure for Emma: One Mother's Journey to Oz by Julie Colvin

"Julie Colvin has written a book that is one part memoir, one part diabetes advocacy. She gives readers an understanding of her journey in caring for her daughter’s diabetes, as well as her growing role as a T1 advocate."

Think Like a Pancreas by Gary Scheiner MS, CDE

This is the first book designed to teach people with diabetes how to master the art and science of matching insulin to the body's ever-changing needs. A comprehensive, practical guide that incorporates real-life examples, THINK LIKE A PANCREAS discusses day-to-day blood glucose control and monitoring; measuring and matching insulin to carbohydrate intake; the pluses and minuses of different insulin programs and delivery methods; hypoglycemia prevention & treatment; adjustments for exercise; the impact of emotions, stress, and illness; and the dozens of other issues that everyone taking insulin needs to master. Special sections are devoted to fine-tuning insulin doses using an insulin pump, as well as techniques for utilizing advanced pump features. THINK LIKE A PANCREAS is a 288-page trade paperback, priced $15.95. It is available at most major bookstores and online booksellers. It can also be purchased directly from the author (Gary Scheiner MS, CDE)'s practice by calling (877) 735-3648 or visiting his website, www.integrateddiabetes.com.

The Ultimate Guide to Accurate Carb Counting by Gary Scheiner MS, CDE

Some books just list the carb content of common foods.  The Ultimate Guide to Accurate Carb Counting does more:  it teaches both basic and advanced carb counting techniques, and provides organized lists of carb and fiber content for common and not-so-common foods.  Certified diabetes educator and type 1 diabetic Gary Scheiner focuses on carb counting in a real-world context, and his explanations and advice are complete and effective.  The Ultimate Guide to Accurate Carb Counting tells you everything you need to accurately keep track of your carb intake, including:
•    The basic rationale for and the theory behind carb-counting, as well as explanations of simple to advanced techniques
•    How to read and understand food labels, and how to estimate the nutritional values of unlabelled foods
•    Resources for carb counting at major restaurant chains
•    An explanation of the glycemic index and its influence on carb-counting
•    Adjusting for fiber and sugar substitutes
•    A comprehensive listing of nutrient data for 2,500 foods, including carb and fiber values, exchanges, carb factors, and glycemic index values

No Added Sugar by Fibi Ward

Fibi Ward, now 14, writes: 'At the time I was diagnosed [aged 13], I wanted to read something written by somebody of my own age, from their perspective, about how they dealt with being diagnosed, and to reassure myself that all the fears and worries that I had were normal. However,I have not seen any such book on the market and have decided to record my own experiences so that other children and teenagers who are newly diagnosed with type 1 diabetes can get some benefit and comfort by reading about and relating to them.'

Her Little Soldier by Craig Dehut

"HER LITTLE SOLDIER" is the autobiographical story of Craig Dehut, who began his journey as a Type 1 Juvenile Diabetic at the age of ten. Using journal entries written throughout his ordeal, he chronicles the trials faced and lessons learned from living with an incurable disease. By telling his story and sharing his experiences, he offers insight into how we all can deal with trials, learn from them, and recognize the blessings that can come from them.


Type 1 diabetes in children, adolescents and young adults: 5th US edition by Ragnar Hanas

This practical, easy to read book tells you everything you need to know to take good care of your diabetes. Having diabetes means that you need to make yourself better informaed about this condition than the average doctor. In this remarkable book, Dr Ragnar Hanas shows you step-by-step how to become an expert in your own diabetes. Medical research has conclusively proved that looking after your diabetes- and keeping your blood glucose level down- is the key to avoiding the pitfalls and long term risks. This book gives you all the strategies, tips and tricks to get your blood glucose down and keep it in control. By understanding your Type 1 Diabetes and how to manage it, you can live a full, happy and healthy life. Remember: you have diabetes - it doesn't 'have' you!

100 Questions & Answers About Your Child's Type 1 Diabetes by Elizabeth S. Platt, Jerrold S. Olshan, MaryAnn Waterman

An estimated 1 in 600 children in the US develops Type 1 diabetes, the most common form of diabetes in kids. A diagnosis of Type 1 diabetes can be distressing and confusing for parents and caregivers, but now there is expert help. 100 Questions & Answers About Your Child s Type 1 Diabetes provides authoritative, practical answers to the most common questions about the disease. This reader-friendly guide is an invaluable resource for learning how to manage the medical, emotional, and practical daily challenges of raising a child with Type 1 diabetes.

Gluten-Free Grocery Shopping Guide

This easy to use 4.5" x 6.5" book is a list of over 45,000 gluten-free alphabetized products. The book is compact and easily fits in one's purse or coat pocket. Popular brands like Heinz, Kraft, Del Monte, Frito Lay, as well as supermarket chains, such as Kroger, Wal-Mart, Publix, Safeway, Walgreens, and more. This book is easy to carry to the grocery store for easy product confirmation anytime, anywhere. Either take this book with you or make your grocery list before you leave the house.

Understanding Diabetes by H. Peter Chase

This patient education book was first written in 1970 for families with type 1 diabetes. The current book, again updated, is in its 11th edition. It is commonly referred to as the "Pink Panther Book," and has been used throughout the United States by thousands of health practitioners and people with type 1 and type 2 diabetes. The material found in the 28 chapters covers all aspects of diabetes concerns. It is written at a level easily understandable to the young adolescent and his/her family.

Breakthrough: Elizabeth Hughes, the Discovery of Insulin, and the Making of a Medical Miracle

"The twentieth century witnessed many medical miracles, but perhaps none was so transformative as the discovery of insulin for the treatment for diabetes. Breakthrough is the fascinating tale of Nobel prize-winning research, of a young girl who should have died as a child but instead lived to see seven grandchildren, and of a drug that turned a death sentence into something more akin to a chronic nuisance. This book is an important read for anyone with diabetes. It is an enjoyable read for those who love mystery and human drama."--Kenneth T. Jackson, Barzun Professor of History, Columbia University

Type 1 Diabetes for People Who Don't Have It

A layman's primer for understanding a friend with Type 1 diabetes

Diabetes Resources & Help

There's a wealth of information about type 1 diabetes out there, but it's not always easy to find. Diabetes Camps? Blogs and websites? Products to help you manage your children's diabetes? We’re just getting started, but here are a few resources we've found helpful as we learn each day how to help our children manage their diabetes. Have a favorite or helpful information parents could use? Please submit it to us and we'll add it!

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