November is National Diabetes Month

According to the American Diabetes Association, nearly 30 million children and adults in the United States have diabetes; another 86 million Americans have prediabetes and are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes. The total national cost of diagnosed diabetes in the United States is estimated at $245 billion.

The Mercer County Library System owns several brand-new books about diabetes, as well as cookbooks to inspire you to create nutritious, delicious and healthy food if you suffer from this disease:

Diabetes & Heart Healthy CookbookDiabetes & Heart Healthy Cookbook: More Than 160 Delicious Recipes for Everything from Snacks to Desserts
By the American Diabetes Association and the American Heart Association
Diabetes puts people at a very high risk of having a heart attack or stroke. To address this problem, the American Heart Association and the American Diabetes Association created a heart-healthy cookbook for people with diabetes. Now, it is back in an all-new expanded edition, including new recipes, twists on previous favorites, updated meal planning advice, and a beautiful new design. It is truly a one-of-a-kind cookbook packed with delicious recipes people will genuinely enjoy! Every recipe is low fat, carb controlled, and sodium conscious. Most importantly, every recipe tastes great. Recipes include everything from appetizers and breakfasts to dinners and desserts. With cardiovascular disease ranking number one on the list of diabetes-related complications, this is the must-have cookbook for anyone who wants to pump up his or her heart health! And it is great for those with prediabetes or people just looking to eat heart-healthier, too. The original Diabetes and Heart Healthy Cookbook was a bestseller and a reader favorite. With new and updated recipes and an all-new look, this new edition is better than ever.

Ask the Experts
Ask the Experts: Experts Answers About Your Diabetes from the Pages of Diabetes Forecast
By the American Diabetes Association
Each month, the editors of Diabetes Forecast publish answers to relevant questions submitted by readers. The answers, written by physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, dietitians, diabetes educators, and other experts in the diabetes research and clinical communities, help people with diabetes and their loved ones live healthier lives. Unlike most self-care titles for people with diabetes, the unique format of Ask the Experts creates an open forum for people to ask the specific and individualized questions that normally do not get answered. Questions such as “Can I have sex while wearing an insulin pump?” "Will steroids affect my blood glucose levels?" "Can my blood glucose levels be too good?" "Should I start following a gluten-free diet?" "Can I switch to insulin to lose weight?" finally get the professional, evidence-based answers they deserve. Like a personal consultation with the world's best diabetes healthcare team, Ask the Experts gives credible advice to the real-world questions people with diabetes actually have.

The With or Without Meat Cookbook
The With or Without Meat Cookbook: The Flexible Approach to Flavorful Diabetes Cooking
By Jackie Newgent, RD, CDN
With the growing evidence that vegetarian meals are great for your health, more people with diabetes are looking to build vegetarian dishes into their meal plans. However, not everyone is ready to give up meat completely, and most vegetarians live with someone who is not ready to take the plunge. Thus was born the "flexitarian," someone who eats mainly vegetarian food, but occasionally fits in a little meat, poultry, or fish. Catering to this growing crowd -- nearly one in four Americans self-identifies as a flexitarian -- The With or Without Meat Cookbook makes it simple for people to savor the tastes and health benefits of eating more like a vegetarian, while being able to stick to a balanced meal plan for diabetes. Each of the 125 diabetes-friendly recipes is vegetarian with a non-vegetarian recipe "add-on" provided as well. Each recipe can be made two ways: One way for veggie lovers and one way for meat lovers. For those with diabetes, pre-diabetes, heart health issues, or simply looking to improve their diet, the flexitarian approach provides the best of both worlds. Nutrition facts are provided and each perfectly-portioned recipe follows the American Diabetes Association’s nutritional guidelines.

Simply Smoothies
Simply Smoothies: Fresh & Fast Diabetes-Friendly Snacks & Complete Meals
By Linda Gassenheimer
Breakfast on the run, lunch in a hurry, and even a quick snack: in our time-starved lives, everyone is looking for a quick meal on the go. Unfortunately, the foods designed to be quick and inexpensive are often loaded with fat, sugar, and calories. For those trying to control their diabetes, or those who want to lose weight and improve nutrition to prevent diabetes, these fatty, salty convenience foods can be a train wreck. The perfect solution for a quick meal that will not bomb a meal plan? Smoothies! Nutritious and tasty, smoothies are a quick and surprisingly filling meal option with nearly limitless possibilities. Linda Gassenheimer has put together this collection of delicious and incredibly easy superfood powerhouses. This pocket-sized book focuses on short recipes that are quick, easy, and made with few ingredients. Best of all, these recipes use the latest nutrition research to balance glucose response while delivering unbelievable taste. Most smoothies are packed with sugar and carbohydrates; these recipes cut the carbs, but not the fun.

Dealing with Diabetes Burnout
Dealing with Diabetes Burnout
By Ginger Vieira
With compassion, knowledge, and humor, Ginger Vieira provides the tools and encouragement needed to help you get back on track and make diabetes management a rewarding priority. She shows you how to set yourself up for success with realistic expectations and goals; implement tips and suggestions to help make living with diabetes easier; back-off on diabetes management without guilt or shame; and build confidence in your abilities to face diabetes every day.

“Diabetes coach Vieira (Emotional Eating with Diabetes) helps readers set realistic, clear, and specific goals, and learn to approach the disease with resilience and compassion. Diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes as well as celiac disease in 1999, Vieira finds herself constantly graded and judged-by herself and others. Persistent watchfulness is required to manage blood sugar levels, and this ever-present monitoring can lead to guilt, blame, self-sabotage, hopelessness, and burnout. Diabetics, the author notes, are also more likely to suffer from depression. It's okay to be imperfect, she contends; in fact, it's impossible not to be. In separate chapters Vieira addresses issues like blood sugar, exercise, and nutrition, with diabetics contributing their experiences, solutions, and challenges. Sympathetic about the problems diabetics face, Vieira encourages readers to stay positive and resist self-criticism. While a support team is helpful, it may be necessary to teach others how to respond to the disease in a useful way. The workbook-like format allows room for readers to jot down comments and self-assessments. Vieira's personable yet informative approach will appeal to diabetics and those who strive to support them.”—Publishers Weekly


Lisa S.

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