We don’t know about you but lazy days by the pool bring us blissful days of reading and relaxation. Sure, we have our non-fiction stack nearby, but we thought we’d share some of the self-help books our team relies on when it comes to diabetes care.
For Kids and Families:
A Type 1 Diabetes Guide to the Universe by Joe Solowiejczyk
Joe Solowiejczyk is a diabetes nurse educator and family therapist. His e-book, A Type 1 Diabetes Guide to the Universe, integrates psychological and emotional aspects of dealing with diabetes as a family. It’s full of videos, interactive quizzes, and illustrations to make the experience engaging and educational.
Understanding Diabetes the 50th + edition by H. Peter Chase, M.D. and Brigitte I. Frohnert, M.D., Ph.D.
Dr. Chase is a professor of pediatrics at the University of Colorado and was the Clinical Director of the Barbara Davis Center for Childhood Diabetes from 1980 to 2000. Dr. Frohnert is an associate professor of pediatrics at the University of Colorado. This is a classic comprehensive resource book on diabetes. Consider this a crash course in managing and understanding T1D. An easy read, this book is great for young adults and their families, especially if there is a new diagnosis.
For Managing the Emotional Aspects of T1D:
Diabetes Sucks and You Can Handle It by Mark Heyman, Ph.D.
Written by Mark Heyman, Ph.D., a diabetes psychologist, who was diagnosed with T1D in 1999, this book is an actionable toolkit to help manage the emotional burden of T1D. Dr. Heyman shows how life can become easier when you accept that T1D sucks and believe you can handle it.
Written by the acclaimed author of the diaTribe column, Adam’s Corner, this book tackles food, mindset, exercise, and sleep strategies that have had the biggest impacts on his own battle with diabetes.
Diabetes Burnout: What to Do When You Can’t Take It Anymore by William H. Polonsky, Ph.D., C.D.E
This author is a clinical psychologist who offers strategies for securing supportive environments for people with diabetes. The book addresses the frustrations people experience with diabetes and how burnout may contribute to poor self-care, high blood glucose, and later complications. A series of questionnaires and self-evaluations guide the reader toward overcoming the barriers to good control.
For Those Who Want to Get Technical:
Think Like a Pancreas by Gary Scheiner, MS, CDCES
The author is a certified diabetes educator, insulin-pump user and trainer, and exercise psychologist. He is the author of six books and serves on the board of directors of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. This book provides tools to successfully master the art and science of matching insulin to the body’s ever-changing needs.
Disclaimer: THIS IS FOR EDUCATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY AND SHOULD NOT BE TAKEN AS A MEDICAL ADVICE. For those with existing medical conditions, those who are taking medications, or are uncertain about any information we share, proper consultation with your trusted physician is strongly recommended.