Diabetes Basics: Dispelling the Myths about Diabetes. After you have been diagnosed with diabetes, you are more than likely to receive some misinformation about living with and managing the condition. Some myths are based on information from 20 years ago. ACCU-CHECK clears up a number of diabetes myths and features "50 Diabetes Myths" on their web site.'s diabetes educators, Nancy Klobassa and Peggy Moreland, recommend the book on their "Living with diabetes blog."  They cite its practical tips and recommendations for taking a safe break from diabetes when you need one.

November 2010 - The 50 Diabetes Myths translated into Chinese for the more than 92 million adults in China with diabetes. China and India are two of the fastest growing nations for diabetes.

OrganizedWisdom cites me as one of 5 Type 1 Diabetes Patient Experts. Whether she's sharing medical research, motivational tips, cutting-edge news, or simple meaningful times, for instance when her husband was a gem after she lost her meter on a Finland vacation, you’ll find her writing and message top notch. 

Scott Johnson of Diabetes Daily writes a moving tribute. "Riva has something special about her, and it has taken me a long time to figure out what it is.  Riva ...has a gift for pulling all (our diabetes) stories together and giving it back to everybody with a layer of empowerment wrapped around it." 

WebMD's own MD Michael Dansinger, consultant to The Biggest Loser says, "Here's a book you should definitely get...this book really can save your life! The format is clever. By organizing the book into such highly digestable little bites, each of which is a tasty morsel of highly seasoned information, the reader is treated to a gourmet self-education experience. Thank you Riva for providing such an important contribution to patient education."

Diabetes Living Today® had me as their guest January 19th. I had the pleasure of chatting for twenty minutes with hosts Kitty Castellini and Dr. Joseph J. Fallon Jr. On the podcast (Jan. 26, 2010) you'll hear lively banter between the co-hosts and I come in about twenty minutes into the program to talk about living your best life with diabetes. features 50 Diabetes Myths That Can Ruin Your Life while dispelling eight of the book's major myths. 

A Sweet Life's reviewer, Catherine Price writes, "If only Riva Greenberg had published her new book in 2001 rather than 2009 - it would have been a huge comfort to be able to read, in clear, straightforward and reassuring language, the truth about what diabetes is and what power I have to control it." Price asked me many questions about how I live with diabetes and the state of diabetes in the U.S. today. A great interview. Full review.

Harris poll, sponsored by the American Diabetes Association, shows diabetes myths and misconceptions are common and diabetes remains a misunderstood disease. Americans earned a 51% when asked a series of questions about a disease so common that it strikes every 20 seconds. Commented Sue McLaughlin, RD, CDE, President, Health Care & Education, American Diabetes Association, “Unfortunately, numerous myths about diabetes exist, making it difficult for people to believe the science-based facts... The Association’s Stop Diabetes campaign aims to put a halt to this lack of awareness and misinformation so we can change the direction of diabetes prevalence in this country.”  

CNN Health highlights 50 Diabetes Myths That Can Ruin Your Life in "8 common diabetes questions answered." Says Riva Greenberg, a patient advocate and the author of 50 Diabetes Myths That Can Ruin Your Life, "A lot of people still think you get diabetes from eating too much candy." Not true. Nor is it necessary for diabetics to avoid all sugar.  

rivaparade features 50 Diabetes Myths That Can Ruin Your Life in   "5 Common Diabetes Myths Debunked." 

To separate fact from fiction, we asked Riva Greenberg, a diabetes patient/expert/advocate whose quest to "de-myth-ify" the disease was the impetus behind her book. When it comes to coping with diabetes, what you think you know can be worse than what you don't know, because uninformed thinking can sabotage good medical care or, worse, extinguish motivation.

Author signs 1,000 books at the International Diabetes Federation conference October 19th-20th, 2009. Read more

Diabetes PowerShow's hosts Charlie Cherry, Chris Daniel, Theresa and Chris Moore and I had a stimulating conversation about diabetes myths and the emotional resilience needed to live well with diabetes. Tune in. Also noted at juvenation, a type 1 diabetes community of JDRF.

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A candid conversation with Diabetes Health TV publisher Nadia Al-Samarrie. What you must know for your best health, the top myths most people suffer from and why I wrote the book.

Also, you can get top myths debunked here by clicking on "Read more about her book." 

Library Journal: Greenberg, Riva. 50 Diabetes Myths That Can Ruin Your Life: And the 50 Diabetes Truths That Can Save It. Da Capo Lifelong. Aug. 2009. c.336p. ISBN 978-0-7382-1320-0. pap. $14.95. HEALTH 

Greenberg (The ABCs of Loving Yourself with Diabetes) has lived with diabetes for 30-plus years and has substantially contributed to the patient literature. She is singularly well placed to help those with diabetes separate the wheat from the chaff in terms of the validity of the plethora of available information. Prevalent myths about diabetes (e.g., “People with diabetes can’t eat sugar,” “If anything were really wrong with my foot, it would hurt”) are discrete chapters, allowing readers to browse topics of interest. Citations validate the information, and a glossary defines terms.
Verdict: Highly recommended. This is an extremely readable one-stop information spot for diabetes management, written by a patient-expert with the support of a huge team of contributing experts., Manny Hernandez. One by one, Riva Greenberg tears down 50 of the top myths that typically accompany diabetes. From "Type 2 diabetes is not as serious as type 1" to "People with diabetes can't eat sugar." From "Women with diabetes shouldn't get pregnant" to "If my doctor says it's time for me to take insulin, I'm a failure". The author hits every single myth on the head, with the expert support of many of the who's who of the diabetes medical establishment (names in the list include Dr. Jovanovic, Dr. Kaufman, Dr. Polonsky and several more). 

The book groups myths in six groups: common ones, medical myths, food myths, body fitness myths, psych myths and practical & practices myths. Each myth is followed by the truth behind it, a detailed discussion about why the myth is not true and a sidebar titled "Tips to Make You Tops" which gives you practical elements you can apply to help kill the myth in your own life. Along with The Real-Life Guide to Diabetes this is one of the great practical books about living with diabetes I have read in quite a while.

Diabetes Daily, David Edelman writes, a clever must-read for anyone getting started with diabetes. I read about diabetes day and night, yet I still found this book illuminating. There are many persistent and widely believed myths about diabetes. It's important to dispell them, especially at the beginning, to save those with diabetes from devastating mistakes. 50 Myths accomplishes this goal in an easy-to-browse fashion. Conclusion: Read it! Full Review.

U.S. News and World ReportExploring Misconceptions About Diabetes.           A talk with the author about the book and what she's found to be the most common misconceptions about diabetes. 

Comments: "This book is an inspiring read. I finished the book over the weekend. I consider myself VERY experienced with type 1 diabetes (over 36 years), but I still learned some important points from Riva's book. I think my main takeaway is, you don't need to worry about stuff as much as you think. You need to take care of yourself, and the book helps here, but diabetes complications are no longer an automatic outcome. Thanks for a very readable and extremely useful book." Bernard Farrell of MA

Children With Diabetes, July, Featured Book of the Week

As I read through 50 Diabetes Myths That Can Ruin Your Life, I could remember hearing many spoken to me over the past 20 years -- some by well-meaning relatives and friends. Chances are you've heard them too -- "sugar caused my child's diabetes," "you can't eat sweets," etc. The good news is that none of these myths is true, and Riva Greenberg, with help from a star-studded team of diabetes care professionals, will help you understand what living with diabetes means today. 50 Diabetes Myths is an excellent addition to everyone's diabetes library, and would make a nice gift for those "helpful" relatives and friends. Highly Recommended.

DiabetesMine: Award-winning diabetes blogger Amy Tenderich of DiabetesMine writes, "There are numerous books that aim to dispel myths about diabetes, of course. But Riva’s " 50 Diabetes Myths That Can Ruin Your Life and the 50 Diabetes Truths That Can Save It" stands out, to my mind, as a frank, thorough, and actionable deconstruction of the fifty most prevalent misbeliefs about diabetes." The full review.

More Press

Diabetes Forecast Magazine, July 2009, Reflections page 76, and online: To Pump or Not to Pump?

Diabetic Living Magazine, Summer 2009, People page 52, and online: The faces of diabetes

Diabetes Health Professional Magazine, June/July 2009, My Side of the Meter page 12, and online: Knowledge is Not Only Power, It's Powerful Medicine

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