Living with Diabetes: Dr. Draznin's Plan for Better Health

Living with Diabetes: Dr. Draznin's Plan for Better Health

by Boris Draznin


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Living with Diabetes: Dr. Draznin's Plan for Better Health by Boris Draznin

Being overweight dramatically increases the risk of diabetes. Research shows that only a permanent lifestyle change can take weight off and keep it off—and thus prevent diabetes in those who might otherwise suffer from this debilitating and dreaded disease.
Living with Diabetes: Dr. Draznin's Plan for Better Health offers a practical and scientifically proven approach to lifestyle change that will stay with you long term: a simple way to lose weight and keep it off, and to prevent or manage diabetes. Filled with anecdotes and down-to-earth advice, Living with Diabetes offers a dramatically different method of weight loss and management based on the refreshingly simple concepts of the Draznin Mile and the Draznin Calorie, two unique strategies that can help you lose weight quickly and safely. For this fully revised and updated edition, Dr. Draznin has incorporated mnay recent research findings in nutrition and weight management advances in our understanding of weight regulation, energy expenditure, and how Americans can learn to change the way they eat. An evaluation of "fad diets" has been added, while statistics on obesity and health have been fully updated. Dr. Draznin also weighs the risks and benefits of surgical approaches such as gastric bypass, and discusses the newest methods of treating diabetes and "pre-diabetes."

Drawing on his successful treatment of thousands of overwight and diabetic patients over 30 years of medical practice, Dr. Boris Draznin offers a practical and easy-to-follow plan that will appeal to those who have or or are at risk for diabetes, as well as anyone interested in losing weight in a healthy and sustainable manner.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780195341669
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date: 06/28/2008
Pages: 192
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Boris Draznin, M.D., Ph.D., is Professor of Medicine, Endocrinology, and Diabetes at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center. He is a world-renowned authority on diabetes and metabolic disorders, the former Chairman of the Professional Section of the American Diabetes Association, and the Director of Research at the Denver Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

Table of Contents

At the Beginning     3
A Letter to My Reader     3
An Introductory Case     7
The Origin of the Draznin Plan     11
Our Weight in Numbers     13
Ideal Body Weight and Body Mass Index     14
Obesity Rates Are Climbing     17
Why Are We Becoming More Obese?     20
Obesity and Its Relationship with Diabetes     23
The Law of Conservation of Energy     27
Energy Consumption and Expenditure     28
How Calories Are Absorbed (or Not)     31
How Calories Are Utilized (or Not)     33
Insulin Levels and Activity     34
The Draznin Mile: A New Concept of Exercise     36
Understanding the Draznin Mile     38
Getting Started     41
Finding Alternative Forms of Exercise     43
Insulin, Production and Storage of Energy, and Regulation of Weight     46
Glucose in the Body     47
Turning Food into Energy     52
Case Study: Mr. G.     56
Commonsense Conclusions     58
A Person Does Not Lose Weight by Diet Alone     59
The Importance of the Hypocaloric Diet     60
Understanding Dietary Composition     65
Diet Plus Exercise     69
A Tale of Two Brothers     72
Two Brothers, Two Treatment Plans     74
Getting Individualized Care from Your Doctor     76
Two Patients, One BMI     79
Treatment of Obesity     81
Easier Said than Done     82
Realistic Expectations     84
The Energy Value of Foods     89
Medications and Other Chemicals     92
Medicating Prediabetes     96
What Shall I Do When I Stop Losing Weight Despite My Best Efforts to Keep My Diet and Exercise?     98
Keeping Goals Reasonable     99
Changes in Cognitive Function     102
The Draznin Calorie: A Better Way to Diet     104
A Calorie by Any Other Name...     105
Practical Advice     111
Portion Size     111
Added Sugars     112
Glycemic Index     113
Dietary Fat     116
Alcohol     117
Eating Out     119
Vitamins and Supplements     120
Prescription and Over-the-Counter Medications     122
Cooking and Eating at Home     122
Grocery Shopping     123
Dairy Products      125
Meat     126
Soy     127
Snacks     127
My Own Personal Struggle to Prevent Diabetes     131
A Growing Boy     132
Initiating Dietary Change     133
Finding the Right Exercise Program     134
Case Studies and a Treatment Plan for Mr. K.     138
Ms. Elizabeth E.     138
Mr. Frederick D.     141
Case Study 1     145
Case Study 2     147
Case Study 3     148
Diet     151
Exercise     152
Lifestyle     154
Recommendations Based on Ten Draznin Rules of Life     157
Frequently Asked Questions     159
Resources     169
Index     171

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