I am interested in learning more about the mechanisms and the hows and whys of diabetes. Is there such a tome existing in the gray area of not overly dumbed down, yet not written in language suited for a pre-med student? Even if you are thinking of a diet book with a great background on this before it gets into the diet part of the book I would enjoy hearing your suggestions.
To further be a pain in the ass I am looking for hardcover/paperback as I much prefer a physical book to electronic versions. Thanks!
ETA: For added clarity I am not diabetic, I have been ketoadapting for some upcoming distance races and this has sparked my curiosity to know more.
Dr. Richard Bernstein's Diabetic Solution is the bible for good diabetic control through diet--the stuff they don't teach in medical school. He gives thorough, scholarly explanations that will help you see the whole picture. There's a newly revised version.
I second the recommendation for Bernstein - he more or less "invented" modern low-carbing for diabetics - and I personally credit his approach for getting my HbA1c from 10.2% to 4.9%. However, he is kind of hardcore, and lots of the refrences in the book are aimed at T1s rather than T2s.
A more T2 friendly tome is Jenny Ruhl's Blood Sugar 101.
It's not (only) about diabetes, but I'd also recommend Volek & Phinney's "Art and Science of Low-Carb Living".