. T1D Resources Galore: Our 9 Favorite Books On Diabetes

T1D Resources Galore: Our 9 Favorite Books On Diabetes

Let’s face it – whether you were recently diagnosed or have been living with diabetes for many years, there are always going to be challenges that you will face. If you have type one diabetes, you know that no two days with diabetes are ever the same.

This is why it is important to continue investing time and energy into staying motivated and inspired to learn about diabetes. I have had type one diabetes for over 25 years and counsel people every day about diabetes, and I am STILL learning new things all the time.

This article has a list of helpful books on diabetes that I personally enjoy and have learned from. Whether you have diabetes or have a loved one with diabetes, you will be sure to learn something new through these incredible resources. These books would also make a wonderful gift for a person with diabetes in your life!

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Our Favorite Books On Diabetes

Below are my favorite books that have helped me greatly in my journey with type 1 diabetes.

Diabetes Basics

  • Bright Spots & Landmines: The Diabetes Guide I Wish Someone Had Handed Me by Adam Brown – This book is on my bookshelf and I have re-read it multiple times. This book offers tips and advice around food, mindset, exercise, and sleep strategies based on the author’s own experiences with type 1 diabetes. It is meant for people with type 1 but those with type 2 can also learn a ton. 
  • Think Like a Pancreas: A Practical Guide to Managing Diabetes with Insulin by Gary Scheiner – This book is basically the bible for people with type 1 diabetes. It teaches you everything you need to know to live with diabetes successfully. The stunning reviews on amazon speak for themselves. Every person with diabetes or parent of a newly diagnosed child with diabetes should have a copy of this book.

Pregnancy and Diabetes

  • Pregnancy with Type 1 Diabetes: Your Month-to-Month Guide to Blood Sugar Management by Ginger Vieira and Jennifer Smith – This book was truly a lifesaver for me during my pregnancies. Both authors of this book have type 1 diabetes. In this book, the authors guide you through preparing for pregnancy from conception to birth, and even have some strategies to help with postpartum blood sugar management. If you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant, I highly recommend this one.

Exercise and Diabetes

Mindset and Diabetes

  • Diabetes Sucks and You Can Handle It: Your Guide to Managing the Emotional Challenges of T1D by Dr. Mark Heyman – Sometimes our mindset is half the battle. As you likely know, life with diabetes is never predictable and it is filled with never ending ups and downs which can lead to overwhelm and burnout. This book teaches you skills to help handle the emotional burden of diabetes and it does a great job at explaining how life becomes easier when you accept that diabetes sucks and you believe you can handle it.

Diabetes Technology

  • Sugar Surfing By Stephen W. Ponder MD, FAAP, CDE and Kevin L. McMahon – This book is written by an endocrinologist who also has type 1 diabetes. I would recommend this book for those of you who have had diabetes for several years, use a CGM, and feel like you have the basics down and are ready to take it to the next level. It is a great book for those who want to be more proactive in their diabetes management as it dives into the concept of blood sugar control through the use of continuous glucose monitoring and pumping through a technique called sugar surfing. 
  • Pumping Insulin: Everything for Success on a Pump and CGM by John Walsh and Ruth Roberts – This book is an incredibly helpful resource for anyone who is considering starting an insulin pump or wanting to learn more and get better control of their blood sugars using their insulin pump. In an ideal world, everyone should read this book before starting on a pump! 

Books for Loves Ones and Caregivers


As you can see, there are many books available on a wide range of topics for people with type 1 diabetes and their loved ones.  From learning the basics of diabetes to getting savvy with diabetes technology to shifting your mindset, there is something everyone can take away from these books on diabetes.

Having a growth mindset is key and these resources are wonderful tools that can be life changing in terms of improving your life with diabetes.

If you are more of a podcast type of person than a reader or just love a good, inspiring podcast, make sure to check out our post about our favorite podcasts on diabetes!

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