Healthy Choices for Diabetics

A diagnosis of diabetes or pre-diabetes means reconsidering a lot of everyday choices, from the food you eat to the way you exercise. After checking with your doctor, check out these books and videos for additional support.

50 Things You Need to Know about Diabetes: Expert Tips for Taking Control

By Kathleen Stanley

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Know the players -- Make finger sticks worth it -- Make every day go better -- Make wise food choices -- Do your daily activities -- What else can affect your blood glucose? -- Deal with special health issues -- Prevent problems down the road -- Deal with some unexpected problems -- Avoid feeling "labeled".

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The Best Guide to Managing Diabetes and Pre-Diabetes

By Bob Greene

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"Coping with the unique challenges of living with these conditions can feel like a full-time job. That's why The Best Life Guide to Managing Diabetes and Pre-Diabetes takes a gradual, three-phase approach to improving diet and increasing physical activity and provides strategies for staying motivated. While offering clear guidance, the program is flexible enough that you can tailor it to your needs and abilities. The result: A way of living that improves blood sugar and helps you stave off heart disease, neuropathy, and other diabetes- and pre-diabetes-related conditions while reaching and maintaining a healthy weight. This comprehensive yet readable volume offers the information you need to protect your health whether you are controlling your disease simply with diet and exercise, are taking drugs orally, or need injected insulin." (Publisher's description)

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The Diabetes Seafood Cookbook

By Barbara Seelig-Brown

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"...over 150 delicious recipes fresh from the sea and puts them front-and-center on your kitchen table. Seafood is the perfect choice for anyone looking to eat healthfully without skimping on flavor. Naturally low in fat and packed with protein and healthy omega-3 fats, seafood offers nearly endless preparation possibilities in the kitchen. Whether you're looking for a perfect party appetizer, a delightful dinner your whole family will enjoy, or a satisfying side dish to any meal, The Diabetes Seafood Cookbook is your one-stop shop for fresh, delicious seafood."

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The American Diabetes Association Guide to Herbs & Nutritional Supplements: What You Need to Know from Aloe to Zin

By Laura Shane-McWhorter

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"Do you take a nutritional supplement, herb, or other natural product to treat your diabetes? Are you considering taking one? Then you need reliable and unbiased information on these alternative medicines. Written by the recognized expert on complementary and alternative medicine for diabetes, The American Diabetes Association Guide to Herbs and Nutritional Supplements covers everything you need to know about 40 of the most popular alternative therapies used for diabetes." (From the publisher's description0

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The Ultimate Diabetes Cookbook

By Carol Gelles

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The Ultimate Diabetes Cookbook features recipes tailored for diabetic diets and the additional dietary restrictions for people with complications from diabetes.

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The New Soul Food Cookbook for People with Diabetes

By Fabiola Demps Gaines and Roniece Weaver

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Now you can enjoy sensational low-fat recipes from the first African American cookbook for people with diabetes. More than 140 recipes in all, including appetizers, snacks, soups, salads, main dishes, vegetables, side dishes, and desserts. Advice for reducing fat, calories, and sodium for weight loss and improved health and diabetes control is featured. Plus, the basics of healthy food preparation and menu planning are followed by suggestions for cooking with herbs and spices.

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The Family and Friends' Guide to Diabetes

By Eve Gehling

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Diabetes doesn't affect just the person with it. It touches family, friends, and coworkers as well. Without solid information, often those who care for someone with diabetes find the psychological, psychosocial, and financial challenges of the disease confusing, stressful, and even frightening. Here, finally, is a clear, sensitive, and informative guide that tells you what diabetes is and how to cope with it on a daily basis.

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The Diabetic Athlete

By Sheri Colberg

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Pt. 1. The diabetic athlete's toolbox -- Training for sports and fitness -- Balancing exercise blood sugars -- The ups and downs of insulin -- Supplements and eating for exercise -- Guidelines for type 1 diabetes -- Guidelines for type 2 diabetes -- Pt. 2. Sports and fitness activities -- Endurance sports -- Power sports -- Fitness activities -- Recreational sports -- Appendix A. Diabetic athletes and sports organizations -- Appendix B. Sport and nutrition web sites of interest -- Appendix C. Diabetic athlete activity questionnaire.

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The "I Hate to Exercise" Book for People with Diabetes

By American Diabetes Association

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The American Diabetes Association's simple, easy-to-use guide on low-impact exercises reveals how seniors can maintain fitness with 30 minutes of exercise per day, and those 30 minutes can be broken into small increments. "The "I Hate to Exercise" Book for People With Diabetes places special emphasis on fitting activity into everyday life and using commonly available items rather than expensive gym equipment.

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Slim Down, Sister: The African-American Woman's Guide to Healthy, Permanent Weight Loss

By Fabiola Demps Gaines and Roniece Weaver and Angela Ebron

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One of the first weight-loss books to address the serious health concerns facing African-American women offers a comprehensive program of diet and exercise written by experts in the fields of health and nutrition. Includes the Soul Food Pyramid (low-fat versions of favorite recipes), tips for staying motivated, how to start a support group, and more.

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