Whether it’s Type 1 or Type 2, a diabetes diagnosis can feel overwhelming, scary, and may leave you feeling clueless as you start on a new journey.
Thankfully, there are many resources to help along the way as a diabetic transitions to his or her new lifestyle.
Here are some books and websites to help out.
American Diabetes Association
Website Link: http://diabetes.org/
The mother of diabetes resources, you can find information, books, articles, recipes, community forums, and contact information for people willing to answer your diabetes questions.
Website Link: https://myglu.org
Glu is an online community that provides support for people with Type 1 diabetes, or that have a family member with Type 1. You can encourage others in the Glu community, find support, and read the latest news and articles regarding Type 1 diabetes.
Website Link: http://www.medtronicdiabetes.com/community-resources
The website provides community and support for those who use insulin pump therapy. You can find community forums, sign up for a newsletter, and search for more information on insulin pump therapy.
The Wahls Protocol
Book Link: The Wahls Protocol
This is a book for people who are looking to holistically treat diabetes and autoimmune disorders. Dr. Terry Wahls shares her story and gives a plan that can help you get things under control.
Even Superheroes Get Diabetes
Book Link: Even Superheroes Get Diabetes
This book, by author Sue Ganz-Schmitt, comforts kids who have been diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. While the book’s main character focuses on Type 1 diabetes, the book does contain a discussion about both.
It is presented in a comic book form and is sure to be a help for your child.
Website Link: http://www.d-mom.com
When a child is diagnosed with diabetes, the parents find themselves faced with new challenges. The blog’s author, Leighann Calentine, also has published a book called Kids First, Diabetes Second.
This blog is a must-visit site for parents of children with Type 1 Diabetes.
The First Year: Type 2 Diabetes
Book Link: The First Year: Type 2 Diabetes
Author Gretchen Becker shares not only her experience of being diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes, but seeks to educate the reader on everything he or she needs to know during the first year after a diagnosis.
The book includes information on diet, fitness, appointments, and tests.
Balancing Pregnancy with Pre-Existing Diabetes
Diabetic women may be concerned about the health of themselves and their babies during pregnancy. This book contains information covering things to know pre-pregnancy, during each trimester, labor & delivery, and also tackles the difficult issue of pregnancy loss.
Author Cheryl Alkon has lived with diabetes for over 30 years.
Real Food for Gestational Diabetes
Website Link: http://realfoodforgd.com
Gestational diabetes may be something temporary and not permanently life changing, but it does make for a difficult pregnancy as a woman figures out how to nourish herself and baby.
Lily Nichols, author, includes a video series on her website that covers all things related to gestational diabetes.
The End of Diabetes
Book Link: The End of Diabetes
Dr. Joel Fuhrman presents a plan to help prevent and reverse diabetes. This covers both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes.
Dr. Fuhrman is the Research Director for the Nutritional Research Foundation and will show you how food can not only manage diabetes, but turn a diagnosis around.
These are just a few of many great resources for diabetics.
We know there are many more out there and would love for you to share your favorite with the community by leaving a comment below!