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If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes, then Carol Guber's important book is a must-read. Combining the inspiring tale of her own battle with the disease with all the essential information about Type 2 diabetes, this volume presents a sound program for making the adjustments necessary to live a full life.
Her message is simple. If people with diabetes take control of their lifestyle -- with proper medication, exercise, nutrition, and careful monitoring of blood glucose levels -- it's possible to live well and manage the symptoms. A failure to do so means encountering a host of more serious problems (heart disease, kidney failure, and blindness, for starters), even if sufferers take medication. It's a pretty stark and easy choice, especially when one is armed with Carol Guber's Type 2 Diabetes Life Plan.
When Guber was diagnosed in 1998, the former director of NYU's Department of Nutrition and Food Studies changed her diet, started boxing, and now counsels others living with diabetes. Her plan includes comprehensive nutritional information and menus, exercise tips, and, because living with diabetes requires an integrative approach to health, ancient traditions such as yoga and meditation. Guber also encourages pampering as a form of medicine, because "You can't manage an illness without paying attention to the entire person inside and out."
It's going to take work, but Guber promises that the rewards of taking control of your health far outweigh the inconveniences. Diabetes affects people of all ages (the number of children diagnosed is on a sharp rise), and this sensible plan can serve as a step to living a normal, active life. (Jessica Leigh Lebos)