The Other Diabetes: Living and Eating Well with Type 2 Diabetes

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The Other Diabetes: Living and Eating
Well with Type 2 Diabetes
Elizabeth Hiser, M.S., R.D.
William Morrow & Company, Inc.
1350 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10019
1999, 244 pp., $23, hardcover
The combination of too much food and too little activity is pushing more and more people with the genetic tendency for type 2 diabetes over the edge, warns Elizabeth Hiser in her new book. As a result, she says, type 2 diabetes is approaching epidemic proportions in the U.S. The sobering statistics bear her premise out.

This book is an invaluable reference for lay readers and even the professionals who treat them. It is part guide to understanding the disease, part healthful cookbook for helping control dietary choices and part motivational pitch for achieving a more active lifestyle.

The first two chapters present an easy-to-digest explanation of the biology of type 2 diabetes and its consequences on the body. The next two chapters focus on the importance of physical activity and ways to incorporate extra movement into your everyday life. Yes, says Hiser, housecleaning and carpentry, for example, count as activity. She encourages making more activities like these an integral part of everyday living, rather than resorting to some foreign activity you go "do," like aerobics at the health club.

The remainder of the book is devoted to nutrition. It includes the latest findings on fats, fiber, carbohydrates, alcohol and supplements, as well as the optimal plan for controlling type 2 diabetes--what Hiser calls the "Good Fat Diet"--a Mediterranean style of eating that's rich in vegetables, monounsaturated fats and omega-3 fats. She provides two weeks of meal plans and more than 60 recipes, most starring vegetables. For desserts, Hiser reveals tips like using extra vanilla to enhance sweetness or calorie-free natural flavors like lemon zest, orange zest, almond extract, cinnamon, nutmeg or ginger.

Verdict? If you or someone you know has type 2 diabetes, this book is just what the doctor ordered.

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