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Diabetes Prevention and Management

November 3, 2018

Diabetes, one of the most common non-contagious diseases, is a health crisis around the globe. An estimated 366 million people had diabetes in 2011, and the prevalence of diabetes is projected to get much worse. By 2030, it is estimated that 552 million people will have diabetes.

    This constitutes a health crisis because diabetes is a dangerous disease. Uncontrolled, it can cause kidney failure, heart attack, stroke, blindness, amputation and an early death. The monetary cost of diabetes is in the billions of dollars, but the human cost is beyond measure.

    There is no cure for diabetes. Once diagnosed, it must be managed to reduce the risk of these serious complications, with daily attention to healthy eating, exercise, medication, blood glucose monitoring, foot care and regular visits with a health care team.

    Before diabetes is diagnosed, many people transition through a “prediabetes” stage, in which blood glucose is elevated but is not high enough to be considered diabetes. Prediabetes is itself a health hazard, as it is linked to heart disease and stroke. And it, too, is a common condition: about 35% of U.S. adults have prediabetes, contributing to 280 million cases around the world.

    Despite these gloomy statistics, there is much hope. Research is proving that people with prediabetes can take steps to reduce their risk of diabetes, heart disease and stroke. And those same steps can help people with diabetes to thrive and lead fulfilling lives. These steps are outlined in this book, along with many strategies and recommendations to help you achieve them. We will teach you how to make the right food choices, explain why eating a healthy diet is the best defense against disease and provide you with recipes for delicious meals and snacks. In addition, we offer the latest information on exercise, stress management, medications and so much more. Everything is presented in a straightforward way to cut through the confusion.

    The Diabetes Prevention and Management Cookbook is special because it blends the expertise of a Certified Diabetes Educator, who is also a Registered Dietitian, with that of a food and cooking expert. Barbara Allan has over 20 years of experience working with people who have diabetes and prediabetes. She will guide you, step by step, toward a lifestyle that manages blood glucose, blood pressure and cholesterol while supporting a healthy weight. Johanna Burkhard is a bestselling cookbook author who brings a whole foods approach to this book. Maximum nutrition and taste is her goal, using natural ingredients you have on hand. All recipes have been created, tested and retested until they met specific nutrition guidelines. Best of all, they have been assembled into a delicious prescription for health: a 28-day menu with meals and snacks you can customize to your needs.

    You will also enjoy this book if you are interested in food that tastes good and is good for you. You don’t need to have a diagnosis of diabetes or prediabetes to benefit from the recipes, menu plans, tips and health information it contains. If, however, you are managing your cholesterol, blood pressure or weight, this book will be even more valuable.

    A diagnosis of diabetes or prediabetes can be upsetting. Let the facts assure you that good health is possible, whether you are aiming to prevent or manage diabetes. Information is power. Information turned into delicious meals is even more powerful!

Enjoy the delicious recipes and harness the power of whole foods, whatever your health goals may be.

A diagnosis of diabetes or prediabetes can be upsetting. Let the facts assure you that good health is possible, whether you are aiming to prevent or manage diabetes.

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