Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Winning Your Blood Sugar Battle, How to Prevent and Control Type 2 Diabetes by Richard Furman, MD, FACS

Book description:

The time to make lifestyle changes is now!
More than thirty million Americans have diabetes. Another eighty-four million--more than thirty percent of the adult population--have elevated blood sugar levels that put them at risk for developing type 2 diabetes. For most of us, it takes a medical emergency to get us to make vital changes to our eating, exercise habits, and weight control. At that point it is often too little, too late. The terrible reality is that eighty percent of diabetics will die of a heart attack.

But that doesn't have to be you.

In Winning Your Blood Sugar Battle, Dr. Richard Furman shows you the three essential steps to keep your blood sugar under control, whether you have already been diagnosed with diabetes or are at risk. He carefully explains the latest medical literature, offers proven guidelines on what to eat (and what not to eat), and outlines an effective exercise program for keeping your heart healthy.

My review:

Sometimes a book eligible for review grabs me, and this one did. Three years ago, I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, and it resulted in necessary life changes.

  The book has two sections. Part one has six chapters on understanding diabetes. Part two has four chapters on defeating diabetes: lifestyle choices for your health. Those four chapters are: habits, exercise, what should you eat?, and the importance of ideal weight.

 The book is written in an easy to read style, and has a lot of useful information. To be honest, I feel the majority of the book should have been dedicated to the second part.....though the book is to prevent, not just control. I guess the first part might be more helpful for those wanting to prevent it, while the second part is more helpful to those of us who already have it and want to control it. As a diabetic, I definitely need information on how to control it. Though the whole book is helpful, I would have appreciated and found more helpful an expanded section on controlling it. If you are interested in causes of it and how to prevent it, the first section is definitely helpful for that.

I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher. All opinions in this review are my own.

About the author:

Richard Furman, MD, FACS, spent more than 30 years as a vascular surgeon. The author of Prescription for Life, Winning Your Blood Sugar Battle, and A Healthy Brain for Life, Furman is past president of the North Carolina Chapter of the American College of Surgeons, past president of the North Carolina Surgical Society, and a two-term governor of the American College of Surgeons. He is cofounder of World Medical Mission, the medical arm of Samaritan's Purse, and is a member of the board of Samaritan's Purse. He lives in North Carolina.

Winning Your Blood Sugar Battle is available from Revell, part of the Baker Publishing Group.

Thanks to Revell for the review copy.