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Atkins Diabetes Revolution
By Robert C. Atkins, Mary C. Vernon, and Jacqueline A. Eberstein
Atkins Diabetes Revolution
The Groundbreaking Approach to Preventing and Controlling Type 2 Diabetes
Based on the Medical Practice of Robert C. Atkins, M.D.,
With Mary C. Vernon, M.D., C.M.D., and Jacqueline A. Eberstein, R.N.
Large Print Edition
Harper Large Print, 2004
An Imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Reviewed by Angela Evans - March 25, 2005
Type 2 Diabetes, also known as adult-onset diabetes. This is a potentially debilitating and life threatening disease. Individuals with diabetes are at a higher risk of dying from heart disease, going blind, and from having limbs amputated due to reduced blood flow. Worse, Type 2 diabetes often goes undiagnosed until after it has already caused damage to the body. Although known as adult-onset diabetes, Type 2 Diabetes is now affecting more children than ever - and the main reason is the increase in obesity.
Unlike Type 1 Diabetes, which is caused by a naturally occurring insulin imbalance and which is treated with insulin injections, Type 2 Diabetes is almost always associated with obesity. Consequently, Type 2 diabetes can often be treated via a regiment of diet and exercise - or expensive drugs that are not always effective. In the Atkins Diabetes Revolution, the book's authors offer sound advice on how to prevent and control Type 2 Diabetes by following the Atkins Blood Sugar Control Program (ABSCP) which incorporates a diet designed to control your blood sugar and lower your weight. This book is based on the teaching of Dr. Robert C. Atkins, and it was written by Dr. Mary C. Vernon and Jacqueline A. Eberstein, a registered nurse who serves as the director of nutrition information for the Atkins Health & Medical Information Services.
Written in an easy to understand style, this book clearly identifies the risk factors for Type 2 diabetes, the steps that can be taken to prevent the occurrence of the disease, and how the disease can be managed once diagnosed. They explain, in non-technical jargon, the tests used to diagnose diabetes. They detail the role that high cholesterol, triglycerides, and body mass index (BMI) as well as other risk factors, play in your likelihood of developing Type 2 diabetes. Also discusses is the rise of Type 2 diabetes in children, and how to eat healthily, and the need for regular exercise.
The cornerstone of the Atkins Diabetes Revolution is a reduced carbohydrate diet that is supplemented with vitamins. The fundamentals of the diet, including advice on how much protein and fiber you need, are clearly explained - as are the benefits of the diet. As important, this books details how to make the transition from a high carb to a low carb diet, without feeling deprived! In addition, a 30-day meal plan is offered that details an ideal program according to the auspices of the book. This meal plan is accompanied by a host of recipes for dishes that are used in the program. These recipes run the gamut from Classic Beef Stew and Mexican Chicken Soup to Spicy Orange Stir-Fry and Lemon Poppyseed Muffins.
The Atkins Diabetes Revolution seems to be an outstanding, authoritative book. However, if you have, or think you have diabetes, I'd recommend that you consult with your own doctor before altering your current diet. Overall, the Atkins Diabetes Revolution serves as a concise guide to the causes of Type 2 diabetes, how it is diagnosed, and common treatment options. It also clearly delineates the risk factors for developing Type 2 diabetes and the steps you can take to help preventing the development of Type 2 diabetes. The text includes a handy glossary of terms and a detailed list of scientific studies and reference notes for anyone interested in studying this topic in more detail or for those wanting to review the basis for Dr. Atkins theories. Throughout, the authors have included testimonials and case studies to illustrate the effectiveness of their program. Partly a diet guide and partly a diabetes information guide, the authors of this book admirably succeed in presenting a clear, easy-to-follow, step-by-step guide to the Atkins Blood Sugar Control Program. Even if you don't subscribe to the Atkins low-carb philosophy, this book serves as a wake-up call for anyone who is overweight. Obesity is the number one cause of Type 2 diabetes, and the easiest way to reduce your risk is to lose weight. Were it that all medical ills were so easily treated!
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