Books for Type 1 Diabetes and Teens

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Sugar Surfing by Dr. Stephen Ponder

Dr. Stephen Ponder’s book Sugar Surfing is a must have for families with Teens. Dr. Ponder is a Type 1 Diabetic himself and an endocrinologist. This book provides a completely new insight on Type 1 Diabetes management through the use of a Continuous Glucose Monitor.

Even if your teen is not on a CGM yet, I highly recommend reading this book and attending one of Dr. Ponder’s workshops. Understanding Dr. Ponder’s Sugar Surfing approach is a great educational opportunity for teens preparing for adulthood.

Dr. Ponder also has a great blog! Check it out!

You can purchase his book directly through Amazon from his website at

Raising Teens with Diabetes by Moira McCarthy
With Technical Review by Jake Kushner, MD, and Barbara J. Anderson, Ph.D. 

This is one of those books that is a great resource if you are raising a Type 1 Diabetic teen. Moira McCarthy is the mom of a Type 1 and provides a reference for what to expect during this stage. Technical review is also provided by Dr. Jake Kushner, Chief of Pediatric Diabetes and Endocrinology at Baylor College of Medicine/Texas Children’s Hospital.  Dr. Barbara Anderson is known worldwide for her work regarding the psychological side of diabetes in the family. She also works with Baylor College of Medicine/Texas Children’s Hospital.


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Transitions in Care 
by Howard A. Wolpert (Author), Barbara J. Anderson (Author), Michael A. Harris (Author)

This is a much more complex read but very insightful. I am partial to anything written by Dr. Barbara J. Anderson. She is so well known for her work with diabetes and teens. Her focus on the impact of diabetes and the dynamics on the family are incredibly insightful. If you ever get the chance to hear her speak, I highly recommend going!

Check out this blog I wrote summarizing one of Dr. Anderson’s presentations.

The Psychological Side of T1D


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Understanding Diabetes: A Handbook for People Who Are Living with Diabetes 12th ed. Edition
by H Peter Chase (Author)

This is a great easy to understand reference book. A must have for every parent with a diabetic. I have referenced the sick day section multiple times. I have also given my personal copy away to newly diagnosed families on several occasions. It is great because it is such a simple and easy to understand book that can be very helpful when you are overwhelmed.

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