Boston , MA —The odds are that you or someone you know has diabetes or is at risk of developing the disease. The number of Americans with diabetes currently tops 18 million, or roughly 1 out 15 people, with many more at risk. Having diabetes requires adapting to a new way of life. Eating a meal, planning a vacation, or going for a run requires forethought and planning. Two new special health reports from Harvard Health Publications, Diabetes: A Plan for Living and Healthy Eating for Type 2 Diabetes , offer a plethora of advice on how to live successfully with diabetes.
Diabetes: A Plan for Living helps people with diabetes (both type 1 and type 2) better manage the disease. The report includes the basics of how the body metabolizes sugar, the tools of diabetes control, and the fundamentals of nutrition and exercise. Readers also receive up-to-date information on new products, medications, and techniques that may further help people with diabetes. Additionally, the report includes practical strategies for staying healthy that include practicing good foot and skin care, visiting a dentist regularly, and receiving annual eye exams. Most importantly, readers will see it's not just possible to live with diabetes; it's possible to live well.
One of the most frequent questions people with diabetes ask, is "What can I eat?" Myths abound regarding diabetes and food. Healthy Eating for Type 2 Diabetes provides advice on developing a diet strategy to prevent or treat the most common form of diabetes, type 2.
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