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Conquering Diabetes:
A Cutting-Edge, Comprehensive Program for Prevention and Treatment

by Anne Peters, MD
2005

conquering diabetes by anne peters md Americans continue to grow ever more overweight and sedentary, and because of this diabetes is affecting more people than ever. At least 16 million Americans currently have diabetes (15 million of that number have type 2 diabetes), and there are many more people out there who are prediabetic and may not know it. This is a serious problem, because complications from diabetes can be life destroying. Kidney failure, amputation of the feet and blindness are among the most devastating affects of diabetes run rampant, but you may not realize that diabetes will put you at a much greater risk of suffering cardiovascular disease. Most of us know a few people with diabetes and we may even be at risk for it ourselves, but it's still a disease that's shrouded in mystery. Dr. Anne Peters, one of the top diabetes physicians in America, strips away the myths and confusion and offers a guide that is a must-read for anyone who has a family history of diabetes, is overweight (especially around the middle), is over 45 or has Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome — any of which puts you at risk for diabetes.

In a friendly, non-technical manner, Dr. Peters offers up a wealth of diabetes information. Included are the facts about Metabolic Syndrome, insulin resistance and carbohydrate-sensitive hypoglycemia — conditions that can lead to diabetes. Dr. Peters explains how to prevent diabetes through developing healthy habits and the proper medication. Type 1 and type 2 diabetes each has its own section, and you may be surprised by some of what you read (did you know that adults can get Type 1 diabetes, and that more children each year are being diagnosed for Type 2?). The information about nutrition, exercise, insulin and medication is extremely helpful. Dr. Peters is very sympathetic to the concerns and needs of the diabetic patient — she understands how difficult it can be to make lifestyle changes and points out that taking simple measures are highly effective (partly because it is easier to stick to them!). She also points out the importance of having a team — finding a nutritionist and endocrinologist are recommended.

Conquering Diabetes is a great book for anyone who is concerned about diabetes or prediabetes. Dr. Peters is clearly passionate about diabetes prevention and treatment, and she is one of those truly special doctors who actually encourage patients to go out and do their own research and find out as much as they can about their disease. With an all-encompassing illness like diabetes, it's important to have a full understanding of what it is, what it does to you, and how you can avoid or treat it. This book is an excellent starting point.

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