The statistics are staggering. Thirteen million Americans have been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes; another 5. During the past thirty years the diabetes rate has tripled, and each year about , people die from complications of the disease. The Centers for Disease Control project that one out of every three children born in the year will develop the disease. But Type 2 diabetes is largely preventable.
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By Robert C. Atkins, M. More than a program for living with diabetes, here is a groundbreaking approach to preventing, treating, and even reversing an American epidemic, based on the science of the doctor who invented the low-carb lifestyle and wrote the 1 New York Times bestseller Dr.
The statistics are staggering. Thirteen million Americans have been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes; another 5. During the past thirty years the diabetes rate has tripled, and each year about , people die from complications of the disease.
The Centers for Disease Control project that one out of every three children born in the year will develop the disease. But Type 2 diabetes is largely preventable. Find out how you can avoid becoming a statistic. As a respected physician and pioneer in the field of complementary medicine, Dr. Robert C. Atkins recognized early on that diabetes and obesity are twin epidemics, and that the way to reverse both is to permanently change the way people eat. Yet much of the mainstream medical establishment continues to advocate the treatment of diabetes with insulin and other drugs, while recommending a diet high in carbohydrates including sugar, which raises your blood sugar.
What you'll learn from reading Atkins Diabetes Revolution is that rather than correcting your metabolism, such a diet can actually increase your risk of developing diabetes—and heart disease. If you already have the disease, the ABSCP offers you and your physician a strategy for weight management and blood-sugar control, while minimizing your exposure to drugs.
Atkins Diabetes Revolution presents a comprehensive lifestyle program, including diet, exercise, and nutrient supplementation. The book also contains meal plans, recipes, a fitness routine, and case studies. This revolutionary book, a fitting tribute to Dr.
Atkins, tackles one of the greatest health challenges you and your family may ever face. There is only one person to whom we could have dedicated this book: Bob Atkins.
His vision inspired us and influenced our professional careers. His courage, passion, steadfastness, and willingness to think outside the box have galvanized us—and many others—to carry on his legacy.
Olivia Bell Buehl,vice president and editorial director,coordinated the day-to-day operations. Paul D. Wolff,chairman and chief executive of- ficer of our company, and Scott Kabak, president and chief operating officer,were both instrumental in getting this project off the ground. To ensure the accuracy of the nutritional information, nutrition- ist Colette Heimowitz, M.
Dietitian Marlene Koch, R. Nutritionist and coordinator of education and research Eva Katz, M. Leyla Muedin and Shannah Johnson, R. Leyla also reviewed Dr. Atkins for blood sugar disorders and related issues. Contributing writer Sheila Buff put our thoughts into words, patiently reworking the manuscript as we refined the content.
Contributing editor Lynn Prowitt-Smith gave the manuscript a final polish to help simplify an often complex subject. Nutritionist and executive editor Christine Senft, M. Special thanks also to the individuals who shared their personal stories with us. Senior food editor Allison Fishman reviewed all the meal plans and made valuable suggestions. Associate food editor Kelly Staikopoulos oversaw the testing of all recipes. Atkins Nutritionals medical director Stuart L.
Trager, M. As a triathlete, he also gave valuable assistance on the fitness program. Finally,this project would not have occurred had it not been for the superb efforts of our editor, Sarah Durand, and her team at William Morrow. I would like to thank Tricia Thomann, R. I am also indebted to my family, patients, and partners for their support. Eric Westman, M. I would like to thank my husband, Conrad, for his patience and understanding of all the late nights and weekends this project consumed.
For 29 years I worked side by side with Bob Atkins in a variety of roles, including nutrition counselor and director of medical education at the Atkins Center for Complementary Medicine, until his death in April His desire to address this dual crisis became even more immediate in the last decade of his life as he was diagnosing more people—and more younger people—with diabetes.
But first let me tell you a little bit about myself. In the five years after I graduated from nursing school, my experience was primarily in a conventional medical setting, including intensive care and the recovery room. I began to work with Bob quite by accident. In my initial interview I told him bluntly that I was highly skeptical of his dietary approach.
As I reluctantly accepted his offer to work as a staff nurse in his medical practice, I doubted that I would stay long. Within a few short weeks, I was surprised to observe firsthand the benefits his patients experienced. Not only did they lose weight without experiencing hunger, they also invariably reported improvements in an array of symptoms.
As Bob was not yet using complementary therapies, these improvements were clearly related solely to diet. Like many young women, I was always concerned about my weight. I began to put on extra pounds at age 12 and struggled for years to keep my weight under control by skipping meals and low- calorie dieting. I never let myself gain more than ten pounds before I took action,because my family history of diabetes and morbid obesity scared me.
As a nurse, I knew where I was headed. Even though I was able to lose those extra ten pounds easily, when I was dieting I was always hungry and fighting carbohydrate cravings. I also experienced symptoms such as irregular heartbeats, palpitations, tremors in my hands, insomnia, weakness, and a host of other symptoms that no year-old should have. Never once did any of the doctors I consulted ask me about what I ate or my family history.
Nor did it ever occur to me that my symptoms were related to my weight-loss efforts. After ruling out an over- active thyroid and an adrenal tumor, doctors treated my symptoms with cardiac drugs. A few months after beginning to work with Bob,I experienced a recurrence of the symptoms.
In those days, hypoglycemia—the only reason someone would take a GTT—was considered a fad diagnosis and not taken seriously, so the test was never even suggested. I have Bob to thank for the good health I enjoy today.
I am grateful for his courage, commitment, and perseverance in his beliefs. I share this personal information because I know what it is like to confront the health issues we talk about in this book—and I want you to know that you can succeed just as I have. In fact, after working closely with him for many years, I find that I use the same words and phrases he so often used because I intimately know his approach to both obesity and diabetes.
The basics were set forth in Dr. I am fortunate that my partner in this endeavor is Mary Vernon,M. Bob had a significant influence on the way Mary practices medicine. He was a larger-than-life character, but in many ways Mary reminds me of him. She shares his enthusiasm for caring for and interacting with patients.
Like him,she has a natural curiosity and is willing to learn from her patients and other practitioners. Last but not least, not only is Mary as intelligent as Bob was, but like him she loves going to work each day and helping people get better. Over decades, although it was not conventional medical practice, he ordered thousands of insulin and blood sugar tests for patients who came to him with a variety of medical problems.
He foresaw the epidemics of obesity and Type 2 diabetes before it was fashionable to talk about them. He was especially concerned with what he saw happening to the health of young people. Bob believed he had the answer—not just for treatment—but also, more important, for prevention.
Even if diabetes was already established, Bob believed he could effectively treat it—if the patient was willing to do what it takes to achieve and maintain a reasonable weight. In most cases, the pancreas could recover, protecting what function it still possessed. Controlling carbohydrate intake was always essential to this goal.
His more important mission was to partner with his patients to educate them about their risks, so that they could prevent the onset of diabetes and its potentially serious results. It is this philosophy that is explored in detail in this book. Although he did not live long enough to complete Atkins Diabetes Revolution, those of us who worked with him and understood his commitment and courage have done that.
This is that book, and I believe it is an appropriate legacy for this man of vision. Bob had clearly conceptualized this book and had mapped out the contents. His excitement about the project was infectious, and he and I spent many hours talking about how he envisioned it. While Dr. We may be the authors, but we want you to realize that it is really his voice speaking loud and clear. For clarity, the case studies that come from Dr.
We have used pseudonyms in case histories in which only a first name is used. We owe a debt of gratitude to all the individuals who have shared their personal stories in this book. You too can learn about your risks for diabetes and what to do about them. You can practice prevention for yourself and your family.
Making lifestyle changes is not as easy as taking a drug, yet the results are immeasurably better and will positively impact all aspects of your life.
I know that Bob would feel his mission was accomplished if you, with the help of your health care provider, are able to use the information in this book to make permanent lifestyle changes—changes that become the framework of your personal health solution.
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