6 Best Books for Type 2 Diabetes

October 3, 2022

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Written by Diana Licalzi, MS, RD

If you wish to do a deeper dive into the topic of Diabetes and Nutrition, perhaps add a book to your home library; you will find thousands available to you. To help you avoid a time-consuming search, I present a manageable list of six from which to choose from. Each author is a properly certified medical and nutritional professional, and each relies on rigorous scientific facts and research to support their programs. Especially encouraging are the documented success stories from those who have followed their advice. The books below can be readily found on Amazon.


1. Dr. Neal Barnard’s Program for Reversing Diabetes by Dr. Neal Barnard⁠

⁠Dr. Barnard was one of the first in the medical profession to advocate for natural, plant-based dietary solutions as a means of controlling and even reversing type 2 diabetes. In this fascinating book, he carefully presents recent research studies that support his conclusions, offering hope to millions of people with type 2 diabetes who, heretofore, believed that a lifetime of prescription medications was inevitable. This book provides you with all the tools you need including a step-by-step meal plan, recipes for delicious vegan meals, a method to keep track of progress, and advice on exercise and supplements. What I found especially useful, and I am certain readers also will, are the testimonials of life-changing success from many people who reversed type 2 diabetes after following Dr. Barnard’s plan.

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2. Healthy Eating for Life by Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine

This next book, published in 2008, was authored by the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM), a non-profit organization headquartered in Washington, DC comprising physicians, dietitians, and scientists whose goal is to create a better future for people and animals. Dr. Neal Barnard, author of the previous book on this list, is its President. Not surprisingly, this book also encourages its readers to take advantage of the power of plant-based nutrition to gain control of their health, more specifically to arrest, and even reverse, type 2 diabetes. Nearly 100 easy-to-prepare recipes enable readers to get started right away. The book also contains vital information on the causes of diabetes, the importance of exercise, maintaining a healthy body weight, the relationship between diabetes and pregnancy, and a lot

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3. Mastering Diabetes by Dr. Cyrus Khambatta and Robby Barbaro⁠

Drs. Khambarra and Barbaro dispel the conventional wisdom that the most effective way to combat pre-diabetes and type 2 diabetes is with a low-carb, high-fat diet. Conceding that it may improve blood glucose levels in the short run, the potential serious long-term effects---high cholesterol, fatty liver disease, elevated blood pressure, and cancer---make this approach dangerous. They point out that the root cause of diabetes is insulin resistance, a condition that can be reversed with a low-fat, plant-based diet. Drs. Khambarra and Barbaro draw on an extensive body of scientific research as well as personal experience with diabetes to support their claim. Loaded with delicious, hunger-satisfying recipes, the book also contains advice on such topics as intermittent fasting, exercise, and the challenges of restaurant dining. A wonderful addition to anyone’s library.

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4. Eat to Live by Dr. Joel Fuhrman

Dr. Fuhrman, the author of over two dozen books, posits that losing weight depends more on knowledge than willpower. The key, he explains, is the concept of nutrient density. Eat a diet that has large amounts of micronutrients---vitamins, fiber, amino acids, etc.---and your hunger will be satisfied with fewer calories. Unhealthy food cravings disappear. Although this book isn’t specifically aimed at diabetes control, the diet prescribed by Dr. Fuhrman promotes dramatic weight loss for those who are overweight or obese, two conditions highly correlated with type 2 diabetes. The book contains everything one needs to get started, including easy-to-follow meal plans, and dozens of testimonials from those who have successfully shed excess weight in a short period of time.


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5. The End of Diabetes by Dr. Joel Fuhrman

Building on the nutrient-dense concept in the book above, Dr. Fuhrman presents a comprehensive plant-based dietary program that enables patients to control and reverse diabetes and lose weight while doing so. The book supplies the science and clinical evidence to prove that people suffering from diabetes need not be dependent on medicines for the rest of their lives. Dr. Fuhrman details the success of dozens of patients who have followed his nutritional advice and said goodbye to diabetes for good. In this book, Dr. Fuhrman discusses the causes of diabetes, its potentially dangerous long-term effects, and arms the reader with a multi-week meal plan to start their journey to a total health transformation.

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6. Your Body in Balance by Dr. Neal Barnard

In this book, Dr. Barnard documents his groundbreaking discovery of how hormones contained in foods can lead to various health problems including prostate and breast cancer, infertility, thyroid issues, moodiness and more. If you are suffering from a particular condition----as most of us are----then you would wise to consult Dr. Barnard’s book to learn the connection between foods, harmful hormones, and illnesses. Dr. Barnard does this in a clear, concise manner, showing the reader how straightforward dietary changes can restore hormonal imbalances and lead to better health. And as with the other books on this list, Your Body in Balance also contains dozens of easy-to-follow recipes as well as endorsements from dozens of people whose lives have been transformed.


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Books to read if you have type 2 diabetes
Books to read if you have type 2 diabetes

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