Harvard Health Books

Beating Diabetes

“At Harvard and in medical centers around the world, we and many colleagues have conducted studies involving thousands of people who were at risk for developing diabetes or who had diabetes. That research has proved that changes in lifestyle  changes that everyone can make  have enormous power both to prevent and help treat diabetes,” says David M. Nathan, M.D., director, Diabetes Center at Massachusetts General Hospital.

In Beating Diabetes: The First Complete Program Clinically Proven to Dramatically Improve Your Glucose Tolerance, David Nathan, M.D., teams up with fellow Harvard Medical School expert Linda Delahanty, M.S., R.D., to arm people with type 2 diabetes and those at high risk for developing diabetes with a complete, clinically proven program. Both have spent their careers developing, studying and teaching the lifestyle changes that they discuss in the book. All of their recommendations are based on scientific evidence and practical experience, and can improve anyone’s prospects for long-term health.

The major goals of this book are to provide readers with a practical understanding of how today’s typical lifestyle has led to major health problems, including diabetes, and to give them strategies that have been proven in clinical studies to improve health for people with diabetes or at risk for it. The authors discuss the complex interactions between lifestyle and diabetes, and the adjustments of lifestyle and medical treatments that are recommended for people with Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes to help normalize blood sugars and maximize health and quality of life.

Dr. Nathan was one of the lead researchers on the landmark Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) and the Diabetes Control and Complications Trial, sponsored by the National Institutes of Health. The DPP scientifically proved that the right nutrition and exercise program can prevent diabetes in people on the brink of the disease. Other studies have shown major benefits of life-style change in those who already have diabetes. Ms. Delahanty is a leading diabetes nutrition expert who helped design and implement the lifestyle intervention for both the DPP and the Diabetes Control and Complications Trial. The book presents a culmination of Dr. Nathan’s and Ms. Delahanty’s findings in the numerous research programs and studies they have participated in.

The authors offer:

  • Step-by-step, proven techniques to help readers make real and lasting lifestyle changes by eating better and exercising regularly, without becoming health nuts or spending hours in the gym
  • Guidelines for developing diabetes-busting exercise routines appropriate for all ages and fitness levels
  • Help in identifying unhealthy, diabetes-promoting behaviors along with expert guidance on making crucial lifestyle changes and sticking with them
  • Tasty, easy-to-prepare recipes and daily meal plans.

Hardcover: 304 pages
Publisher: McGraw-Hill; 1 edition (March 24, 2005)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0071438319
ISBN-13: 978-0071438315
Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 5.8 x 1.2 inches

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