Real Life Guide to Diabetes

Are you...
  • overwhelmed by your diagnosis of prediabetes or diabetes?
  • baffled about what to eat…or not to eat?
  • alarmed by all the prospect of taking insulin?
  • scared about having or developing complications?

Nautilus Book Awards Winner2010 National Health Information Awards WinnerReal-Life Guide to Diabetes, published by American Diabetes Association and written with Hope’s nurse practitioner, certified diabetes educator co-author Joy Pape, puts everything you need to know about managing type 2, type 1 or prediabetes into a one-of-a-kind one-stop book. The 300 colorful easy-to-read pages of Real-Life Guide to Diabetes are filled with key research studies, common myths and facts, and straightforward answers to common questions. Pages are also loaded with practical tips and tactics to solve some of those common real life everyday issues of the 24/7/365 life with diabetes. One of the many ways Real-Life Guide to Diabetes is unique and different is that it helps you learn how to fit diabetes into your real life, your way. The book doesn’t suggest you need to change your life to manage diabetes.


Real Life Guide to Diabetes is the best diabetes title in a long time…so well laid out, incorporating compelling visuals in full color to complement the easy-to-understand content written by two of the most respected figures in today's diabetes education world…A must-read.”
—Manny Hernandez, President, Diabetes Hands Foundation via
"“Real Life Guide to Diabetes...chock full colorful images, highlighted quotes and pop-out boxes to grab your attention in bunches of little "content bites." The authors happen to be two of my favorite figures in the diabetes community: certified diabetes educators with loads of experience and personal passion..."
—Amy Tenderich via:
“Managing diabetes takes effort, but as I know firsthand, it’s worth it! “Real Life Guide to Diabetes is a thorough resource that can help you get on, and stay on a positive journey with diabetes.”
—Ann Albright, PhD, RD, Past President, American Diabetes Association and person with diabetes
"“Real Life Guide to Diabetes…is a simple-to-read, all encompassing guide to living with diabetes, both type 1 and type 2…The book is filled with colorful photos and graphics which help explain each topic. Highly Recommended."
—Jeff Hitchcock, Founder and President,
"Great new fresh approach to an old problem. “Real Life Guide to Diabetes is a must read for those with diabetes. Hope and Joy are the perfect names for authors who give hope and restore joy to with diabetes."
—David Bierman, posted at
“Warshaw and Pape hit the ball out of the park with…“Real Life Guide to Diabetes. Every sentence is a jewel of information…every page is filled with vital information. There is not one wasted space in the whole book. …this book really is a diabetes 101 course…”
—Susanne Acosta “Diabetes Vanquisher", posted at

Table of Contents

  • Section 1: Build Your Strong Foundations
    • Understanding Diabetes
    • Know and Control Your ABCs
    • Seek and Find Care and Support
  • Section 2: Create Your Real Life Diabetes Plan
    • Realistic Behavior Changes for Success
    • Healthy Eating – The Basics
    • Eat Healthy – Real Life Challenges and Solution
    • Get Up, Get Active
    • Medications that Lower Blood Glucose
    • Other Medications to Manage Diabetes
    • No Prescription Needed
    • The Importance of Catching your Z’s
    • Stress, Depression and Diabetes
    • Monitoring Glucose and Blood Pressure Matters
  • Section 3: When Life Happens
    • When Life Veers Off Schedule
    • Glucose Highs and Lows
    • Lose Weight, Keep it Off
    • Your Sexual Health
    • Tobacco and Alcohol: How they Mix with Diabetes
    • Health Care Plans and Money Matters
    • Know Your Rights, Don’t Be Wronged
    • Prevent and Delay Long-Term Diabetes Problems