As many as 5,225 new cases of diabetes are diagnosed each day according to the American Diabetes Association. This is hardly surprising. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that as many as 79 million adults in the United States are pre-diabetic, a condition that increases the risk of developing type II diabetes. In addition, the CDC estimates that another 26 million adults in America already have diabetes. While Native Americans, Asian-American, African-Americans and Mexican- American are at higher risk for developing the condition due to genetics, adults over 45 years of age are also at risk.
In an effort to stop the spread of this preventable disease, highly-respected clinical nurse, college professor, and author, Dorris Woods, Ph.D., wrote the book, How to Prevent Diabetes -- I Beat It and You Can, Too! In an effort to help educate Americans on the devastating effects of diabetes and how they can live a healthy lifestyle, Dr. Woods shares her own intensely personal experience of being diagnosed as pre-diabetic, and how she was able to prevent the disease through portion control, weight loss, diet, and exercise. Throughout the book, Dr. Woods also provides a simple but effective plan of action that readers can follow to reduce their own chances of becoming a diabetic, or bring their diabetes under control.
The book is inspiring, insightful, and informative. Dr. Woods discusses:
- How a diagnosis of diabetes is made
- Why it is important for Americans to get a blood glucose test
- How emotions can sabotage weight loss efforts
- Warning signs of type II diabetes
- Advice on portion control for weight loss and diabetes management
- Why Americans need to read food labels to compare sodium, fat, and sugar contents
- Dr. Woods' "Obesity-Buster Fitness Kit," and easy ways to incorporate exercise into your daily schedule
- Tips to living a healthy and fulfilling lifestyle for anyone
"Pandemic levels of obesity have triggered epidemic levels of diabetes. Many serious conditions such as heart attacks, strokes, kidney failure, and amputations are related to diabetes," says Dr. Woods. "Millions of people are not aware they have diabetes, or are pre-diabetic."