Give the Gift of Knowledge

Get and give information that helps you or someone you care about understand diabetes, and live life to its fullest. These books, recommended by the American Diabetes Association make great holiday gifts, too.

Diabetes Complications and Management

Diabetes: A Practical Guide to Managing Your Health, by the American Diabetes Association. Everything you need to know about living with type 1 or type 2 diabetes at any age. Full color illustrations.

Diabetes 911: How to Handle Everyday Emergencies, by Larry A. Fox, M.D., and Sandra L. Weber, M.D. How to respond swiftly to your and others' life-threatening, diabetes-related emergencies.

Your First Year with Diabetes, by Theresa Garnero, A.P.R.N., B.C.-A.D.M., M.S.N., C.D.E. Over the course of one year you'll learn about medications, exercise, meal planning and how to handle lifestyle and emotional issues at your own pace.

Uncomplicated Guide To Diabetes' Complications, 3rd Edition, edited by Marvin E. Levin, M.D., and Michael A. Pfeifer, M.D., M.S., C.D.E., F.A.C.E. Divided into chapters on major parts and systems of the body and the complications that can affect them, it helps you prevent or slow down complications.

Diabetes Burnout: What to Do When You Can't Take It Anymore, by William H. Polonsky, Ph.D., C.D.E. Tools you need to keep from being overwhelmed and how you can handle the stress more effectively for better health.

Cookbooks, Nutrition and Meal Planners

Trim & Terrific Diabetic Cooking, by Holly Clegg.More than 250 quick, easy and delicious diabetes-friendly recipes that can be made in than 30 minutes.

The Ultimate Diabetes Meal Planner, by Jaynie F. Higgins, A.C., C.P.T., and David Groetzinger. It takes the mystery out of food and diabetes in just four easy steps, with 16 weeks of meal plans in four different calorie levels plus shopping lists and more than 300 recipes.

Diabetes Carbohydrate and Fat Gram Guide, 3rd Edition, by Lea Ann Holzmeister, R.D., C.D.E. Complete nutritional information including carbs, fat, calories and more for nearly 7,000 listings. This edition includes charts for fast foods and pre-packaged meals.

Quick & Healthy Recipes and Ideas, 3rd Edition, by Brenda J. Ponichtera, R.D. Time-saving tips for delicious, nutritious, quick-to-prepare, low-fat recipes plus 20 weeks of easy menus with grocery lists.

Healthy Soul Food Cooking, by Fabiola D. Gaines, R.D., L.D., and Roniece Weaver, M.S., R.D., L.D. Recipes with authentic African-American flavor without cholesterol, fat and empty calories.

Diabetes and Children

101 Tips for Raising Healthy Kids with Diabetes, by Laura Hieronymus, M.S.Ed., A.P.R.N., B.C.-A.D.M., C.D.E., and Patti Geil, M.S., R.D., F.A.D.A, C.D.E. Tips and advice on medication and nutrition based on age group, psychological considerations, special situations, and more.

The Healthy Lunchbox, by Marie McClendon, M.Ed., and Cristy Shauck. Tips for organizing and preparing box lunches for your kids that are quick, easy, nutritious and fun.

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