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The diabetes reset : avoid it, control it, even reverse it : a doctor's scientific program
Author:
King, George, 1950- , author.
Publication Information:
New York : Workman, [2014]
Physical Description:
326 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Summary:
King translates the latest findings on diabetes into a plan that will let readers avoid, control, and even reverse it. The program begins with losing weight, explains how a good night's sleep can significantly lower blood glucose levels, disentangles the carbohydrate confusion, reveals how to decrease the body's inflammatory response, and explains the importance of moderate exercise.
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Subtitle in pre-publication: The revolutionary plan to reverse, control, and avoid Type 2 diabetes.
Language:
English
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ISBN:
9780761175926
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Imagine controlling--avoiding--reversing!--the "health hazard of the 21st century" (World Health Organization), the disease that afflicts nearly 26 million Americans and is an imminent threat to an additional 80 million adults and children. That's exactly the promise of The Diabetes Reset by Dr. George King, research director and chief science officer at Harvard's Joslin Diabetes Center, the world's largest and most respected diabetes research center, synonymous with revolutionizing the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of diabetes.

Based on the most cutting-edge research--including the groundbreaking discovery of brown fat in adults and its role in burning calories and enhancing the effects of the body's own insulin-- The Diabetes Reset translates the latest findings into a plan that will let readers avoid, control, and even reverse type 2 diabetes. The program begins with losing weight--and shows why losing only 5% of body weight makes a life-changing difference. It explains how a good's night sleep can significantly lower blood glucose levels (and why sleep deprivation works in reverse). It disentangles the carbohydrate confusion, reveals how to decrease the body's inflammatory response, and explains the importance of moderate exercise. There are eight strategies in all--if you implement only one, your type 2 diabetes will improve. Pursue all eight of them, and you can stop type 2 diabetes in its tracks. You can even reverse it--effectively resetting your body's glucose metabolism for a long, healthy life.


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Booklist Review

*Starred Review* Normally, only a teaspoonful (four grams) of glucose circulates in the bloodstream of an average individual. Maintaining that little bit of glucose in a tight range is a big job for the body and essential to good health. When levels of glucose climb (as a result of insulin resistance followed by a drop in insulin production), type 2 diabetes develops. This excellent guide to managing prediabetes and type 2 diabetes emphasizes eight strategies to reset the body's capability to metabolize blood glucose: healthy nutrition; moderate aerobic exercise with a strength training program; maintenance of normal weight; activation of calorie-burning brown fat; prevention of chronic, low-grade inflammation; reduction of mental stress; sufficient sleep; and intake of natural antioxidants. The recommended diet is nontraditional: low-fat, high-fiber with a nutrient mix of 70 percent carbohydrates, 15 percent fat, and 15 percent protein. Modest reduction (5 to 7 percent) of body weight is touted as a quick way of increasing insulin sensitivity. Helpful aids are provided, including meal plans, a yearly medical checklist, tips for losing weight, important blood tests, and exercise routines. Controlling gestational diabetes is also covered. King (physician and longtime diabetes researcher at the Joslin Diabetes Center) and Flippin bestow a gift on diabetic patients: up-to-date, evidence-based medical information along with encouragement and empowerment, optimism and opportunity.--Miksanek, Tony Copyright 2010 Booklist


Library Journal Review

Millions of Americans have Type 2 diabetes, or are in danger of developing it. In this title, King (Joslin Diabetes Ctr.) states that "No two cases of Type 2 diabetes (or prediabetes) are alike." With this in mind, the author offers a wide range of strategies for preventing the onset of the illness or managing one's health once a diagnosis is made. King provides a series of promises at the outset of the book that, depending on the patient's stage of development, include restoring glucose sensitivity to normal, avoiding the need for medication, and even "resetting" the need for medication at all. The language is careful to include qualifiers like "may allow you to reset" but the focus seems to be on how any healthy change is a good one. Part 1 supplies eight strategies for the "Diabetes Reset Toolbox," including the "Rural Asian Diet," burning calories, and reducing stress. Part 2 shares a week-by-week plan for implementing the strategies outlined in Part 1. VERDICT While the promise of a "reset" may set off some red flags for skeptics, readers searching for a hopeful look at life with Type 2 diabetes or a step-by-step guide to making lifestyle changes will be attracted to this book.-Mindy Rhiger, Minneapolis (c) Copyright 2015. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Excerpts

Excerpts

Introduction: The Diabetes Reset Promise   If you're reading this book, it's very likely that you or someone close to you is struggling with blood glucose levels. It could be that your fasting blood glucose level was higher than it should have been at your last checkup--perhaps in the prediabetes range of 100 to 125 mg/ dL (milligrams per deciliter), indicating you have impaired glucose tolerance and are at high risk of developing diabetes. Your fasting blood glucose may even be more than 125 mg/dL, which is considered the threshold for type 2 diabetes.   You may also have gotten test results showing that your hemoglobin A1C levels, which measure your average blood glucose over the past several months, are elevated--meaning they were either between 5.7% and 6.4%, the range for prediabetes, or 6.5% or higher, signaling that you may actually have diabetes.   Learning that your blood glucose levels are too high can be bewildering, even frightening. Because both type 2 diabetes and its precursor, prediabetes, tend to develop slowly over many years, it's tempting to think that once you've been diagnosed with one of these conditions, there's not much you can do except take diabetes medication and hope for the best. As a lifelong diabetes researcher, however, I want to assure you that nothing could be further from the truth . In reality, you can always take steps to improve your body's response to insulin and "reset" your ability to metabolize the glucose in your blood--starting today.   This simple statement has profound implications. It means that if you have prediabetes, not only can you prevent your condition from progressing to diabetes, but in many cases you can actually reverse course and bring your glucose metabolism back to normal. Even if you've already been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, you can still significantly improve your body's natural glucose metabolism and dramatically reduce--and in some cases even eliminate--your need for metformin, synthetic insulin, or other diabetes drugs.   The promise of The Diabetes Reset is equally simple: If you follow the evidence-based approaches in this book, you will begin seeing immediate improvements in your body's ability to metabolize blood glucose--improvements that will continue to grow over time. At the same time, you will also see remarkable improvements in your overall health. In addition to becoming lighter and fitter, you will find yourself eating the types of foods that human beings have thrived on for thousands of years. You'll also sleep better at night, experience less stress during the day, and have a more balanced immune system that fights off illness without overreacting. And because impaired blood glucose control is a major risk factor for cardiovascular disease, you will be taking a major step toward improved heart health as well. Glucose and the Goldilocks Principle There are only 4 grams of glucose--just enough to fill a teaspoon-- circulating at any given time in the bloodstream of an average-weight person. But keeping that small amount of glucose constant is vitally important to your health. When it comes to your blood glucose level, the Goldilocks principle holds--you want it to be in the "just right" range, no lower than 70 mg/dL and no higher than 100 mg/dL when you wake up in the morning, and no higher than 140 gm/dL one to two hours after eating a meal. Normally, your body is programmed to keep glucose safely within this range. When glucose levels rise, the body automatically produces more insulin to speed the absorption of this glucose into the body's tissues. When glucose levels dip toward the lower end of this range, the liver releases stored glucose into the bloodstream, while the pancreas stops producing insulin and may instead secrete glucagon, a hormone that induces the liver to manufacture still more glucose.   If this system falters and you become hyperglycemic , meaning that your blood glucose levels are consistently elevated, this excess glucose will begin attacking your nerve endings and the walls of your blood vessels. Over time, this can lead to neurological problems, damage to the eyes, kidneys, inner ear, and other organs, and increased risk of heart attack and stroke. Although these complications are typically associated with diabetes--defined as a fasting blood glucose of 126 mg/dL or higher or a postmeal glucose level of 200 mg/dL or above--people with prediabetes (a 100 mg/dL to 125 mg/dL fasting glucose level, or 140 mg/ dL to 200 mg/dL following a meal) can also be at increased risk for these conditions.   If blood glucose levels fall too low, on the other hand, a condition known as hypoglycemia , your health can also suffer. Because the brain relies completely on blood glucose for fuel, and requires a lot of it (when you're in a sedentary fasting state, your brain consumes a whopping 60% of your total blood glucose supply), it is quickly affected by low glucose levels. People typically begin noticing the mental effects of low blood sugar as their glucose levels drop below 70 mg/dL. These may include feelings of irritability, anxiety, and difficulty concentrating. Low blood sugar can also cause headaches, fatigue, blurred vision, sweating, an elevated heartbeat, tremors, and hunger pangs. If glucose levels drop further still, it can lead to fainting, seizures, coma, and even death. People who take insulin medication for type 1 or type 2 diabetes are at particular risk for low blood glucose because injected insulin can push glucose levels too low if it's administered at the wrong time or in the wrong dose.   If you notice signs of low blood glucose , you should immediately ingest 15 grams of fast-acting carbohydrate, such as: 4 ounces of fruit juice, 6 ounces of regular soda, three to four glucose tablets, one small box of raisins, 1 tablespoon of honey or syrup, or seven gummy bears.   Excerpted from The Diabetes Reset: The Revolutionary Plan to Reverse, Control, and Avoid Type 2 Diabetes by George King, Royce Flippin All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Diabetes Reset Promisep. 1
Part 1 The Diabetes Reset Toolbox: Eight Essential Strategies for Preventing and Controlling Type 2 Diabetesp. 21
Strategy 1 The Rural Asian Diet (RAD) Eating Plan: Cut Your Fat Intake in Half and Double Your Fiberp. 23
Strategy 2 Reduce Your Body Weight by 5% to 7%p. 69
Strategy 3 Increase Your Muscles' Glucose-Absorbing Ability Through Aerobic Exercise and Strength Trainingp. 103
Strategy 4 Activate Your Calorie-Burning Brown Fat-It's Easier Than You Thinkp. 137
Strategy 5 Turn Your Body into an Inflammation-Fighting Machinep. 149
Strategy 6 Get Seven to Eight Hours of Sleep Every Nightp. 165
Strategy 7 Reduce Stress and Manage Your Mental Healthp. 181
Strategy 8 Boost Your Own Natural Antioxidantsp. 203
Part 2 Putting the Diabetes Reset Strategies into Action: A Twelve-Week Implementation Planp. 215
Week 1 Time to Get Moving!p. 226
Week 2 Kicking Off Your RAD Eating Planp. 234
Week 3 Starting Your Weight-Loss Programp. 239
Week 4 Building Strengthp. 246
Week 5 Taking Aim at Inflammationp. 251
Week 6 Improving Your Sleepp. 257
Week 7 Tipping Your Aerobic Program to the Next Level (Optional)p. 263
Week 8 Addressing Your Stressp. 270
Week 9 Activating Your Body's Antioxidantsp. 276
Week 10 Bringing Your Brown Fat into Playp. 282
Week 11 Optimizing Your Vitamin Dp. 289
Week 12 The Diabetes Reset Lifetime Planp. 296
Strategies to Prevent or Control Gestational Diabetesp. 303
Endnotesp. 309
Indexp. 319