What will you be reading this World Book Day? – by Laura Walkinshaw

World Book Day is on 1 March – and what better way to celebrate the joy of reading than with a brilliant book? Laura Walkinshaw, Senior Editor at Diabetes UK, gives a round-up of the books and other publications available from the charity

Now in its 21st year, World Book Day is the world’s biggest celebration of authors, illustrators, books and reading. On 1 March, events will be taking place across the country, with schools inviting children to dress up as their favourite literary character in celebration of the day, as well as handing out book tokens that they can use to ‘buy’ from a selection of £1 books.

We’ll be celebrating at Diabetes UK too. From our newly refreshed guides to diabetes, to books available to buy through the Diabetes UK Shop, we have some great publications for you to get your teeth into this World Book Day. What a good excuse to curl up on the sofa, or escape the daily grind of your commute, with one of these…

Guides to diabetes

Here at Diabetes UK, the Publications team has been busy working on our refreshed guides to diabetes – Everyday life with Type 1 diabetes, Everyday life with Type 2 diabetes, Everyday life with gestational diabetes, and Everyday life with Type 1 diabetes for parents.

Developed together with our in-house team of healthcare professionals, the guides give you information on medication, a healthy, balanced diet, getting active, where to go for help and support, how to manage hypos and hypers ¬– and everything else in between. People living with diabetes also share their experiences and offer advice on how they’ve managed aspects of the condition.

Go to the Diabetes UK Shop to download them for free or to get them posted to you for £3.99 (standard delivery).

Books for cooks

Food plays a big part in managing diabetes, whether or not you have Type 1, Type 2 or gestational diabetes. That’s why Diabetes UK has supported TV chef Phil Vickery with his new book – Phil Vickery’s Ultimate Diabetes Cookbook – which is all about having a diet that’s as healthy as it is delicious.

Each recipe has been nutritionally analysed, so you can see how much fat, sugar and salt it has. In addition, the book explains food groups and ingredients to help readers understand why a healthy, balanced diet is so important.

Another book just out is Carbs & Cals Gestational Diabetes. Written by the same authors behind Carbs & Cals Carbs and Calorie Counter, this edition is specifically for people who have been diagnosed with gestational diabetes.

With 80 recipes, 20 snacks and 14 daily meal plans, the book helps people with gestational diabetes to follow a carb-controlled diet and keep a close eye on the food they eat during their pregnancy. Readers can also rest assured that the recipes, which have been created by diabetes specialist dietitians, are all approved by Diabetes UK.

Buy Phil Vickery’s Ultimate Diabetes Cookbook and Carbs and Cals Gestational Diabetes through the Diabetes UK Shop to help to raise vital funds – all profits go towards fighting for a world where diabetes can do no harm.

Our magazines

Along with all of the above, we’re working on producing more issues of our magazines to keep you up to date with the latest diabetes news and research, and give you access to exclusive articles.

In 2018, we’ll be bringing you four issues of Diabetes Balance and Diabetes Update (for healthcare professionals). And, for children with Type 1 diabetes, there’s our annual magazine, My Life, which is full of inspiring stories, fun facts and games to keep little minds occupied.

Your World Book Day

Hopefully I’ve given you a bit of an insight into the many books and publications you can read this World Book Day. Perhaps reading one of the recipe books supported by Diabetes UK will spur you on to rustle up something in the kitchen, or finding out more about your condition in one of our guides will help you to manage it well. Or, it could be that you decide to pick up your pen and write about your experiences for someone else to read one day.

However you plan to spend it, I hope you discover the joy of reading this 1 March!

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