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Healthy eating for life to prevent and treat diabetes
Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine.
Publication Information:
New York : J. Wiley, [2002]

Physical Description:
xi, 244 pages ; 23 cm
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RC662 .H435 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf
RC662 .H435 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf
RC662 .H435 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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A simple new dietary approach to preventing and treating diabetes

You can help prevent and control diabetes through simple diet and lifestyle changes that are a pleasure to make instead of a chore. This book shows you how. Drawing on the latest diabetes research, Healthy Eating for Life to Prevent and Treat Diabetes presents a complete and sensible plant-based nutrition program that can help you prevent, manage, and, in certain cases, even reverse diabetes.

Covering Type 1(childhood-onset), Type 2 (adult-onset), and gestational diabetes, this book provides detailed nutritional guidelines that have been carefully drafted by Physicians Committee diabetes experts, along with nearly 100 delicious, easy-to-make recipes to help you put these healthy eating principles to work right away. Healthy Eating for Life to Prevent and Treat Diabetes contains important information on:
* Exercise and lifestyle issues
* Achieving and maintaining healthy weight
* Diabetes and pregnancy
* Preventing complications from diabetes
* And more

Whether you or a loved one has diabetes or is at risk of developing it, this book will give you the crucial knowledge you need to take charge now-of your diet, your health, and your life.

Also available:

Healthy Eating for Life to Prevent and Treat Cancer (0-471-43597-X)
Healthy Eating for Life for Children (0-471-43621-6)
Healthy Eating for Life for Women (0-471-43596-1)

Author Notes

The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM; web site: is an international nonprofit organization of physicians, health care professionals, and laypersons promoting preventive medicine through innovative programs. PCRM president Neal Barnard, M.D., is a popular speaker and the author of Foods That Fight Pain; Eat Right, Live Longer; Food for Life; and other books on preventive medicine. PCRM promotes preventive medicine through their publication Good Medicine and through innovative programs, including the Cancer Project. PCRM's clinical research studies are breaking new ground in diabetes, obesity, pain management, and other serious conditions.
PATRICIA BERTRON, R.D., is a registered dietitian with a degree in nutrition and dietetics from Montclair State University. As a specialist in renal nutrition, she provides individual nutrition counseling to clients and teaches weight control classes in a hospital setting.

Table of Contents

List of Recipesp. ix
Forewordp. xi
Part I Essentials
1 Understanding Diabetesp. 3
Diabetes Basicsp. 4
Hormones and Sugarp. 5
Types of Diabetesp. 5
Symptoms and Diagnosisp. 7
Testing for Diabetesp. 8
Impaired Fasting Glucosep. 9
Understanding Your Blood Sugar Testp. 10
Who Should Be Tested?p. 10
The Importance of Overcoming Diabetesp. 11
Can Diabetes Be Reversed?p. 12
2 The Power of Food: A New Dietary Approach to Overcoming Diabetesp. 15
A New Dietary Approach to Diabetesp. 16
The Problem with Dairy Productsp. 18
Does Sugar Cause Diabetes?p. 19
Carbohydrate Powerhousesp. 20
Don't Forget the Fiberp. 24
A New Look at Proteinp. 26
The Facts about Fatp. 28
Pulling It All Togetherp. 29
3 Healthy Eating Basicsp. 31
Health Advantages of Plant-Based Dietsp. 31
The New Four Food Groupsp. 34
Key Nutrients and Where to Find Themp. 36
What about Meat, Dairy, and Eggs?p. 43
What about Sugary Foods?p. 43
What about Artificial Sweeteners?p. 44
Does the Amount of Processing Matter?p. 44
A Healthy Dietary Approach for People with Diabetesp. 45
Part II Making It Work for You
4 Preventing Diabetesp. 49
Preventing Type 1 Diabetesp. 50
Preventing of Type 2 Diabetesp. 52
5 Achieving and Maintaining a Healthy Weightp. 57
The Problem with Dietingp. 60
A Better Approachp. 61
Reaching Your Goal with the New Four Food Groupsp. 66
6 Managing Your Diabetes with Foodp. 67
How to Work with Exchange Listsp. 69
How to Work with Carbohydrate Countingp. 70
7 Managing Your Diabetes with Medicinep. 73
Medications for Controlling Diabetes: Type 1 Diabetesp. 73
Different Types of Insulinp. 75
Testing Your Blood Sugarp. 75
Medications for Controlling Diabetes: Type 2 Diabetesp. 76
Staying on Trackp. 78
When Medicines Are Too Strong: Hypoglycemiap. 79
When Blood Sugar Goes Too High: Hyperglycemiap. 80
How Food and Medicines Interactp. 81
8 Healthy Blood Vessels, Healthy Heartp. 83
What Is Heart Disease?p. 84
Toss Out the Cigarettesp. 86
Managing Your Blood Pressurep. 86
Lowering Your Cholesterol Levelp. 89
Putting Foods to Workp. 90
Taking Care of Your Blood Vesselsp. 92
9 Preventing Complicationsp. 93
Keeping Healthy Eyesp. 93
Healthy Nervesp. 99
Healthy Kidneysp. 102
It's Time to Take Controlp. 103
Part III Lifelong Health
10 Exercise Mattersp. 107
Aerobic and Resistance Exercisep. 108
For People with Type 1 Diabetesp. 109
For People with Type 2 Diabetesp. 111
Before You Beginp. 111
Let's Get Startedp. 112
Stay Hydratedp. 112
Taking Care of Your Feetp. 113
Fueling Your Active Bodyp. 113
Sticking with Itp. 115
11 Diabetes During Pregnancyp. 117
Before Your Baby Is Conceivedp. 117
Who Is on Your Healthcare Team?p. 119
What to Expect at the Doctor'sp. 119
Now That You Are Pregnantp. 121
If Diabetes Starts during Pregnancyp. 124
Good Nutrition during Pregnancyp. 126
12 Putting It All Togetherp. 133
13 Cooking Tips and Techniquesp. 135
Getting Startedp. 135
Planning a Menup. 135
Making a Shopping Listp. 137
Seasonal Eatingp. 139
Stocking Upp. 140
Meal Preparationp. 144
14 Menus for A Weekp. 151
15 The Recipesp. 155
Breakfastsp. 155
Grainsp. 160
Sandwiches and Wrapsp. 166
Saladsp. 173
Dips, Dressings, and Saucesp. 179
Soups and Stewsp. 184
Vegetablesp. 192
Entreesp. 202
Breads and Dessertsp. 214
Glossaryp. 223
Resourcesp. 228
Referencesp. 230
Indexp. 235