Empower a Healthier You

“You do not have to accept diabetes as a progressive condition. You do not have to accept falling apart and dying young. It is possible to safely maintain healthy blood sugars using much less medication. It is possible to live a long and healthy life.”

— Closing words from Doing Diabetes Differently

About the Book


Doing Diabetes Differently: Empower a Healthier You is a provocative, science-based book for persons with diabetes for whom conventional medical wisdom and standard practice just aren’t cutting it. It’s purpose is to inform and empower type 1 (T1D) and type 2 (T2D) diabetic readers so they can live longer and healthier lives.

This book includes well-researched chapters, recommended questions for care providers, commentaries from diabetes experts, readings, and other resources. The foreword and commentaries are from a Who’s Who of experts in the diabetes world: Dr. Irl Hirsch, Dr. Stephen Ponder, Riva Greenberg, Ginger Vieira, Dr. Jody Stanislaw, Delaine Wright, and Dr. Randy Elde.

Net proceeds from book sales benefit Diabetes Daily Grind, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing real support and resources for all people living with diabetes.

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September 20, 2022

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About the Author

Chad spent a career in higher education, at different times, as a counselor, dean, and professor.

He has coauthored business courseware and management textbooks for major publishers, and also authored research in peer-reviewed journals in human resources, management, and education fields. He earned two graduate degrees, one in business, the other in education. He has been type 1 (T1D) for 54 years.

Chad wrote this book because he grew weary of watching people with diabetes, particularly dear friends, being taken down by a metabolic disorder. He also wrote to give back to the diabetes community. He hopes his book makes a difference.

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I always relied on traditional medical support during the decades I’ve had T1D. At the end of the day, though, I needed more because no one shared information that was not “approved” or outside of the traditional treatment box. Doing Diabetes Differently met my need. It really got me thinking, mirrored many of my thoughts on how best to manage diabetes, and is definitely worth the read.

Amber Clour
Serial entrepreneur; Founder, Diabetes Daily Grind, and Host, Real Life Diabetes Podcast

While I don’t agree with all of Chad’s views, I know that you will find something in his provocative fresh insights and science- and experience-based recommendations that may kick your diabetes management into higher gear. Whether you have type 1 or type 2 diabetes, you will find something that makes you say, “That’s a great idea, I need to try that!

Riva Greenberg
Inspirational Speaker, Corporate Advisor, Health Coach, Health Researcher, Author of Diabetes Do’s & How-To’s, 50 Diabetes Myths That Can Ruin Your Life, and The ABCs Of Loving Yourself With Diabetes

When reading, it will become clear that some of Chad’s comments are controversial. This is a good thing!Doing Diabetes Differently will challenge the reader to think more critically of what they’ve been taught, or how they’ve been living their life with diabetes.

Dr. Irl Hirsch
Professor of Medicine, University of Washington

…Chad approaches this focused book with a passion to share what he has learned. The book takes a refreshing approach aiming to challenge the reader’s assumptions about diabetes care. He clearly separates the “wheat from the chaff” with style and grace and successfully achieves his objective of helping the reader to frame good questions of their care providers. Those of us involved with diabetes care will also benefit from the reading…The author’s keen intellect and avoidance of common cognitive traps makes this an informative and insightful book. It’s a must-read!

Dr. Stephen W. Ponder
Professor and Joslin Medalist, Author, Sugar Surfing: How to Manage Type 1 Diabetes in a Modern World



  • Alternatives to a futile focus on drugs and devices in order to eat "normally."
  • Alternatives to trying to control blood sugar by "dieting" to lose weight.
  • How to address causes of diabetes distress rather than just treat its symptoms.
  • Help with living one day at a time, eating and exercising healthfully with a purpose.


  • The "why" of healthy dietary options.
  • The Six Rules of Healthy Diabetic Eating. What they are, and how to incorporate them every day.
  • How to count calories and account for macronutrients.
  • Explanation of dietary fiber; why it's important, how to calculate "net carbs," and when they are relevant and when they are not.


  • Why exercising for health doesn't have to be "fun" and how little of it is needed for good health.
  • Explanation of why you don't have to sweat buckets or join a gym.
  • How to schedule exercising for health into everyday life.
  • Tips for exercising safely.


  • Justification for why "less is more" when it comes to drugs.
  • Dealing with drug side effects and interactions and the rising cost of medications.
  • Explanation of dynamic diabetes management models using continuous glucose monitor (CGM) and glucometer technology.
  • How to incorporate diabetes management into everyday life.

Other Voices

Throughout Doing Diabetes Differently, Chad shares commentaries from diabetes experts on important topics to empower a healthier life.

Navigate the resource library to the right to read what these experts have to say.

Resource Library

"Diabetes and its Treatment" - Riva Greenberg
"The Mental Part" - Ginger Vieira
"Nutrition" - Dr. Jody Stanislaw
"Exercise" - Delanie Wright
"Drugs & Devices" - Dr. Randy Elde


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Nonfiction Book Awards Gold Medalist

July 2023

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Author Op-Ed

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December 4, 2022

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Readers' Favorite

November 22, 2022

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Diabetes Stories / Riva Greenberg

October 13, 2022

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Diabetes Daily

October 10, 2022

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Podcast Interview

Diabetes Daily Grind

October 6, 2022


I would love to hear from you! Please fill out the contact section below or email me directly at to get in touch with me with any questions, concerns, or feedback.
- Chad

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