Nearly a decade worth of studies, with another one just published (online first), June 3, 2010, have explored the effectiveness of using one or a combination of two blood-glucose (BG) lowering medications (approved for type 2 diabetes) to prevent and/or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes in people with prediabetes or at high risk of type 2. These studies have used Actos (pioglitazone), Avandia (rosiglitazone), metformin, and others.
For years the way to diagnose diabetes has been to draw a blood sample and check the glucose count, either fasting or random (any time of day). Two high levels on two different days and the diagnosis of diabetes was made. Glucose tolerance tests went by the wayside years ago other than for diagnosing gestational diabetes.
I’m just back from the American Diabetes Association 2009 Scientific Sessions and feel compelled to shout out to all who will listen, especially parents of younger and older children and people on their way up the scale, that more and more research points to the many damaging impacts of excess pounds on long term health. Fat is not simply excess pounds of inactive tissue.
Diabetes Meal Planning Made Easy
- confused about whether you need to limit the amount of carbohydrate you eat?
- baffled by what’s more important: controlling glucose, blood pressure or heart health?
- frustrated trying to lose weightl, keep pounds off and manage diabetes?
- overwhelmed by food labels, nutrition facts and ingredients lists?
Diabetes Meal Planning Made Easy, now in its 5th edition, is thorough, yet practical and realistic in its approach. This perennial best-seller, published by the American Diabetes Association, has become the go-to resource on why, what and how much to eat for people with prediabetes or type 2 diabetes. Readers find cut-to-the-chase advice in three easy-to-digest sections. Section one is: Nutrition and Health Eating Basics. Section two is: Foods by Group, in-depth detail about each food group including alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, sweets and desserts and convenience foods. Section three is: Putting Healthy Eating for Diabetes Control into Action, covering how to preplan, supermarket shop, read food and nutrition labels, eat healthier restaurant meals and much more. This action oriented book helps readers slowly but surely change their food choices and eating behaviors for good.
Table of Contents
Introduction to 5th Edition
Section 1: Diabetes, Nutrition, and Healthy Eating Basics
- Chapter 1: About Type 2 Diabetes and Prediabetes and Why They Happen
- Chapter 2: How to Eat Healthy with Diabetes
- Chapter 3: About Calories, Carbohydrate, Protein, and Fat
- Chapter 4: Sodium, Potassium, and Blood Pressure Control
- Chapter 5: Vitamins, Minerals, and Dietary Supplements
- Chapter 6: Personalize Your Healthy Eating Plan
- Chapter 7: Secrets of Losing Weight and Keeping Pounds Off for Good
Section 2: Foods by Group
- Chapter 8: Starches
- Chapter 9: Vegetables (Non Starchy)
- Chapter 10: Fruits
- Chapter 11: Milks and Yogurts
- Chapter 12: Protein Foods
- Chapter 13: Fats and Oils
- Chapter 14: Sweets, Desserts, and Other Sugary Foods
- Chapter 15: Beverages: Nonalcoholic
- Chapter 16: Beverages: Alcoholic
- Chapter 17: Combination, Convenience, and Free Foods
Section 3: Putting Healthy Eating for Diabetes Control into Action
- Chapter 18: Change Your Food Choices and Eating Behaviors Slowly
- Chapter 19: Planning: A BIG Key to Healthy Eating
- Chapter 20: Control Your Portions
- Chapter 21: Lean on the Food Label and Nutrition Facts
- Chapter 22: Skills and Strategies for Healthy Restaurant Eating
- Chapter 23: Get the Support You Need Up Close or Virtual
With all the conversation about the need for health care reform, there are no better places to focus our efforts and energy than on the prevention and better management of diabetes by supporting people's and society's work on living healthier lifestyles. Both obesity, often the predecessor to pre- and type 2 diabetes, and type 2 diabetes eat up a massive piece of the healthcare dollar pie. A focus on prevention of obesity and type 2 diabetes could offer us big benefits for our bucks!