Diabetes Literature Suggestions

Bright Spots & Landmines Review

Brown, Adam. Bright Spots and Landmines: The Diabetes Guide I Wish Someone had Handed Me. San Francisco: The diaTride Foundation, 2017.


Pages: 230 $6.42

Author Adam Brown is a Senior Editor at and leads Diabetes Technology & Digital Health at Close Concerns. Adam writes and speaks extensively about diabetes and chronic disease, and at age 28, is widely recognized as a leading expert in diabetes technology.

If I had to select a book to go along with my site Bright Spots and Landmines would be my first choice. Although there are some differences in our dietary decisions, Brown’s monograph is a great read that contains many of his personal stories and struggles (Brown has Type 1 diabetes). The book is broken into four chapters: Food, Mindset, Exercise, and Sleep. He contends that there is too much “darkness in diabetes – negativity, confusion, frustration, exhaustion, blame, guilt, and fear.” As a result, Brown continues, we often do not know what to do or how to get started. This book is about making Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes easier. The premise is simple: identify what works and focus on doing those things more often – find the bright spots. Brown’s monograph is easy to read and while it has great dietary and exercise suggestions, I like that he included a chapter on Mindset. This is extremely important, because as Brown explains, we diabetics often question why diabetes is worth caring about? Why go through the trouble of eating differently, and exercising, taking medicines – personally I don’t like getting up at 5:00 a.m. to go to the gym. So for me it is important to find that place mentally to begin my life one day at a time contending with this illness. Finding the right mindset to move past the landmines cannot be overemphasized, and this chapter hits the mark. A great book at a great value.

Dr. Bernstein’s Diabetes Solution Review

Bernstein, Richard K. Dr. Bernstein’s Diabetes Solution: The Complete Guide to Achieving Normal Blood Sugars. New York: Little, Brown Spark, 2011.

Dr. Bernstein's Diabetes SolutionHard Back

Pages: 534 $18.00 on sale

I waited too long to purchase this book! The title says it all, The Complete Guide to Achieving Normal Blood Sugars. This is a must go-to book for diabetics. It is broken into three parts: Before You Start (covers the basics of monitoring diabetes), Treatment (how to achieve normal blood sugar levels), and Your Diabetic Cookbook (recipes for low-carbohydrate meals), and has an extensive glossary of terms.  I appreciated the chapter Strange Biology, which addresses the dawn phenomenon among other oddities of diabetes. Eye opening, are the appendices of drugs that may cause hyperglycemia (high blood sugar levels) and hypoglycemia (low blood sugar levels), this section will have you checking the medicine cabinet. As a diabetic, Dr. Bernstein’s Diabetes Solution is essential reading.

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