Diabetes is self-management. No one else will do it for you. If you do not do it, you will be the one that suffers. If you do decide to do the best for your body that you can, then learn all about your disease and set up a framework from within which every decision is made.
The only way to be able to do the very best for your body is really to know and understand what works and what does not work for you, not someone else. Books are the optimal source of extensively researched and professionally presented information for you to comprehend your diabetes.
Yes, the Internet is a wealth of information. It is also a deep well of misinformation, controversies and varied opinions. To sift through all the conflicting noise, you would need a basic framework from which you can judge and verify the various snippets of ideas. Books are the best start in creating this solid foundation of information, from there you can then build your wealth of knowledge in how to treat/handle/control your disease, so that you can thrive with diabetes, not just coping.
Granted, there are a myriad of books, just as controversial and conflicting. Sifting through all the available books is a daunting task, deciding which ones contain the best information (before reading it) is a near impossibility. After reading plenty of diabetic books, a short list of valuable books was compiled. This short list will give you the ability to construct your own reference framework from which you can start to control your diabetes, increase your knowledge base and live a happy, healthy and normal life-span.
Think of the medical expenses you could incur, just because you did nothing about your condition out of ignorance. You owe it to yourself to learn what is possible and achievable. Get the books, learn from them and apply it to your life.
You might at times forget that you are diabetic, your disease does not. It is with you constantly 24/7. Know that you can control it. If you do not control your diabetes, it will control you. Stop letting others make your decisions for you, without your consent. Learn how, you owe it to yourself.
Dr. Bernstein's Diabetes Solution:
The Complete Guide to Achieving Normal Blood Sugars
by Dr. Richard K. Bernstein
The number one recommended book for all diabetics; an absolute necessity for anybody that has anything to do with diabetes. A "must read" for anyone interested in thriving with diabetes, not just coping. One of the best investments you can... continue reading
Blood Sugar 101:
What They Don't Tell You About Diabetes
by Jenny Ruhl
Blood Sugar 101 is a solid, in-depth look at diabetes and practical ways of dealing with it. It can't be beaten for evidenced based, detailed answers to complex questions. Clear, concise, accurate and... continue reading
Real Food for Gestational Diabetes:
What You Need to Know
By Lily Nichols
Although getting the devastating diagnoses of gestational diabetes was never part of your maternal dreams, it does not need to remain scary. It is quite possible to manage your blood sugar effortlessly and giving birth to a beautiful, healthy baby. All it takes is ... continue reading
Death by Food Pyramid:
How Shoddy Science, Sketchy Politics and Shady Special Interests Have Ruined Our Health
by Denise Minger
This book is written in the rare, precious and delightful style of Denise Minger, making the most scientifically rigorous facts easy to follow with her light-hearted humor. It pieces together the story of how we ended up with the food pyramid in the first place and... continue reading
The Big FAT Surprise:
Why Butter, Meat & Cheese Belong in a Healthy Diet
by Nina Teicholz
Investigative journalist Nina Teicholz reveals the unthinkable: that everything we thought we knew about dietary fats is wrong. She documents how the past sixty years of low-fat nutrition advice have amounted to... continue reading
The Primal Blueprint
by Mark Sisson
The short list above is by no means complete, but a good start. It contains valuable information on understanding diabetes and what you can do about it. Included are lifestyle suggestions and nutritional facts, or rather, why/how the prevailing "wisdom" settled upon the general nutrition beliefs.
The biggest portion in controlling your diabetes is in the diet. To be able to create your own nutritional framework, you need to know more about food and the history of current dietary consensus. It is for this reason that some of the books above, that do not directly address diabetes, are included.
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