Lifestyle and diabetes

Lifestyle and diabetes

By
Dale Pinnock
Contains
0 recipes
Published by
Quadrille Publishing
ISBN
978 184949 541 7

To put a perspective on how things have changed here in the UK, 10 years ago the number of people diagnosed with diabetes was 1.4 million. Now we are at three million. For the rates of a disease to double in such a short space of time, something is very wrong. Is it something in the air? Some genetic mutation rearing its head? Increased pollution? Er… no! It is the major thing that has become rotten in the modern world: our lifestyle, including what we eat.

Poor diet, high levels of stress and alarming (and increasing) inactivity. That triple whammy cocktail is the catalyst for most of our health woes today. In modern medicine we have, in many ways, become miracle workers. The myriad infectious illnesses that used to plague us and wipe us out in our 30s are history. If you get hit by a bus, you can get patched up by the best surgical procedures imaginable. If your appendix gets infected, doctors whip it out without so much as a blink. There are drug treatments that can cure, prevent or manage almost everything. With all this, we should be in profound good health. But we are in the midst of a crisis.

That’s because there is one thing modern medicine cannot do: it cannot stop us killing ourselves. This may sound preachy or hyperbolic, but it is most certainly true. When it comes to the modern diseases afflicting us at an alarming rate – aside from a very small percentage where heredity is involved – we are in the driving seat. We can take small steps that can have a profound impact upon our health in both the short and the long term. Modern medicine has a very poor track record in terms of managing these conditions; the best that can be done is to attempt to manage some of the symptoms or outcomes. But, so far, it does so very poorly.

The biggest public health crises in the modern world really need all of us to do all we can to keep them at bay. We need to understand how our lifestyle influences our health, how it can put us at risk of these big killers and, most importantly of all, what we can start doing today to improve the picture for ourselves.

About this book

This book aims to give you the key information surrounding what you can do to help manage your diabetes. This isn’t about cures or making false promises. I simply intend to show you what we understand today in regard to the science of nutrition and its relationship to diabetes. I also aim to put that information across in a concise, digestible and – most important of all – practical and enjoyable format, so you can learn about the condition painlessly. Rather than swamp you with science and leave you blindly stumbling in the wilderness to figure out how to apply it, I have put the information you will learn into the most practical and applicable format of all: food!

One thing I have to admit from the get-go is this: there is a massive slant towards type-2 diabetes in this book. This is for the simple reason that, in terms of the pathology, there is more that we have the potential to control in type-2 diabetes. Type-2 diabetes is a slow, gradual series of changes that result in a dangerous outcome. If we remove some of the factors that are adding to the problem, we can make great positive strides.

For type-1 diabetes, the information here absolutely does stand up 100 per cent, but always bear in mind that it is a permanent condition and no diet in the world will correct it. Though obviously, if you are a type-1 diabetes sufferer, you must be very conscious of your diet every day to manage your condition successfully and this book will indeed give you those tools.

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