Atkins Diabetes Revolution: The Groundbreaking Approach to Preventing and Controlling Type 2 Diabetesby Robert C. Atkins, Sara Krieger, Jacqueline Eberstein, Mary C. Vernon
The statistics are staggering. Thirteen million Americans have been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes; another 5.2 million don't know that they have it. Each year about 200,000 people die from its complications. But the good news is that Type 2 diabetes is largely preventable, if you know how to identify your risks. Dr. Robert C. Atkins recognized that diabetes and obesity are twin epidemics, and that the way to reverse both is to permanently change the way people eat. The Atkins Blood Sugar Control Program (ABSCP), presented for the first time in this book, helps you identify metabolic signposts that indicate trouble long before the onset of Type 2 diabetes. If you already have the disease, the ABSCP offers you and your physician a strategy for weight management and blood sugar control, while minimizing exposure to drugs. Atkins Diabetes Revolution is Dr. Atkins' legacy. This ground-breaking book tackles one of the greatest health challenges you and your family may ever face.
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Atkins Diabetes Revolution LP
The Groundbreaking Approach to Preventing and Controlling Type 2 Diabetes
The Diabetes Crossroads
It's a frustrating fact of life: We don't have much say over whether we fall victim to life-threatening diseases such as cancer, Alzheimer's, or, to a large extent, some types of heart disease. However, there is one, all-too-common killer disease over which we have a great deal of say. Most people do have a choice when it comes to Type 2 diabetes. Astonishing as it sounds, this epidemic disease is almost entirely preventable. Of course, no one consciously chooses to get diabetes. Various factors-some in our control and some not-combine to create the unfortunate scenario. But if we all took proper care of our bodies and kept vigilant rein on the factors that are within our control, there would be no diabetes epidemic. Do you think we're overstating things? No way. In fact, what we hope we have created with this book is a realistic and practical guide to wiping out Type 2 diabetes, one individual atatime.
According to the National Institutes of Health, in 2002, a record number of Americans -- 18.2 million, or 6.3 percent of the population -- were thought to have diabetes. Of these, 13 million were already diagnosed, while 5.2 million probably have diabetes but haven't been diagnosed yet. That means many millions of Americans are blindly chugging down this dangerous road. Sadly, in our experience, many well-meaning health care professionals give their patients the standard information, some of which perpetuates the very disease it's supposed to cure or prevent. That's why Dr. Atkins felt it was crucial to write this book.
In 2002 and 2003, the American Diabetes Association redefined and standardized the criteria for blood sugar abnormalities. Unfortunately, none of these changes were implemented in order to find patients earlier in the process. Our interest is in identifying patients with these metabolic problems long before they advance to the "official" blood sugar level defined as diabetes.
If you know what to look for, you can identify the metabolic signposts that signal trouble even earlier in the process -- and intervene immediately. If you are reading this book, you are clearly concerned about your health or perhaps it's someone you love about whom you're concerned. Either way, congratulations to you for picking up this book. Let's not waste another minute.
We will show you how to make relatively simple lifestyle changes that can significantly reduce your risk of ever getting diabetes, even if you already have some of the preliminary symptoms. And if you have already been diagnosed with diabetes, this book can help you mitigate its effects or maybe even stop further progression.
We can be your guides on the road to better health, but it is you who must take control of your destiny by making and implementing the right choices. Imagine that you are standing at a crossroads in the map of your life. Ahead of you lie two paths. One almost inevitably leads to diabetes and its accompanying health problems; the other leads to optimal health. Which will you choose?
THE RIGHT ROAD
Let us tell you about the path that Dr. Atkins recommended to his patients for decades. It differs dramatically from the treatment with drugs most health care practitioners have been taught. Instead, his path identifies risks for diabetes as early as possible, focuses on prevention, and involves permanent lifestyle changes to address the underlying metabolic problems that lead to diabetes. These lifestyle changes can be as simple as changing what you put on your plate -- a better option, we think you'll agree, than swallowing an array of expensive and potentially dangerous drugs. Those of you who have read Dr. Atkins' other books will recognize a point he hammered home for decades: Instead of treating the symptoms, his approach can correct the problem itself.
Finally, for individuals whose blood sugar abnormalities are further advanced or who already have diabetes, this path decreases or eliminates the need for drugs to treat these conditions. (Did you know that some of these drugs actually make it harder to lose weight? Talk about a vicious cycle.) Whether you're just beginning to be concerned about diabetes or you've already been handed the official diagnosis, controlling carbohydrates is the vehicle that will take you off the rutted road of self-destruction and onto the smooth one of recovery and excellent health.
The decision to improve your health is an obvious one, but to follow this "right road" -- and stay on it-you need clear directions and a good map. That's what the Atkins Blood Sugar Control Program (ABSCP) gives you. The ABSCP is a highly individualized approach to weight control and permanent management of the risk factors for diabetes and cardiovascular disease. And it works.
I've witnessed these life-changing improvements in patients such as this 45-year-old woman. Ruth L. weighed 375 pounds, with a body mass index (BMI) of 60.5 and uncontrolled Type 2 diabetes. Although Ruth took three medications daily in an effort to control her blood sugar, her glycated hemoglobin (AlC)was 11 (more than two times the norm, demonstrating very poor blood sugar control). The day she began the program, I had her stop all her blood sugar medications. After two months, her AJC was down to 7.7. After 18 months, she had lost 132 pounds, her lab values were normal, with an A1 C of 5.4, and she remained off blood sugar medications.
The ABSCP builds on the basic controlled-carbohydrate concepts of the famed Atkins Nutritional Approach and individualizes it specifically for people like Ruth who have -- or are at risk for -- blood sugar abnormalities and diabetes.
Once you're heading in the right direction, the program helps you to stay with it and map your progress as you pass milestones along the way. The ABSCP includes controlled-carbohydrate nutrition; supplementation with vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients; and exercise -- all of which are customized to your needs.
To begin, you need to understand more about this insidious disease. Let's start with the basics.Atkins Diabetes Revolution LP
The Groundbreaking Approach to Preventing and Controlling Type 2 Diabetes. Copyright © by Robert Atkins. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.
Meet the Author
Robert C. Atkins, M.D., was the founder and Executive Medical Director of The Atkins Center for Complementary Medicine in New York City. His groundbreaking weight loss book, Diet Revolution, was the first major work to prescribe a low-carbohydrate diet. The revised and updated Dr. Atkins' New Diet Revolution spent more than six years on the New York Times bestseller list.
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After reading thru i found that i had lost 7 lbs in just a few days. Give it a try..
This is an awesome book, with the traditional Atkins diet specifically targeted to diabetics. Even if you have read the other Atkins books there is some new material and info here. Low Carb has been around for decades, and will be for many decades more. Also, the comment in the critics reviw about possible long term effectiveness points out, this is a way of life, not some overnight fad 'Diet'. Diets are temporary and not long lasting. Dieters typically have trouble maintaining weight loss in the long term. Atkins is now and always has been a way of eating,exerciseng and living for life. And as the review by publishers weekly eluded to, and as the folks at Atkins now say and Dr Atkins always said, if you do chose the way of life, do so under the consult of your doctor. I have been following Atkins for over two years and have never been healthier or weighed less in my adult life, and I have the medical records to prove it.
This is an excellent book as always by the Atkins foundation. It motivates you to start watching your blood-sugar levels and lose the weight. This book was very helpful in understanding the current diabetes epidemic we are facing.
I have been controling my diabetes with the Atkins diet for over a year. I did not learn anything new in this book. It may help someone who has not read the other Atkins books.