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Prediabetes For Dummies

ISBN: 978-0-470-52301-8
384 pages
December 2009
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Accessible information on the causes, health risks, and treatment of prediabetes

If you or someone you love has been diagnosed with prediabetes – a heightened level of glucose, and/or impaired glucose tolerance - the time to act is now. Prediabetes For Dummies examines the signs and symptoms of this potential precursor to diabetes and offers up-to-date information about treatment. It provides clear, practical advice on steps you can take to minimize the risk of serious health consequences.

This plain-English guide shows you how to stop prediabetes in its tracks and prevent it from progressing to diabetes. You'll learn how to recognize the symptoms of this often-undiagnosed condition, and what to do if you think you may be prediabetic. You'll also discover how simple lifestyle changes, such as changes in your diet and moderate exercise, can put the brakes on prediabetes and even reverse the condition.

  • Offers clear explanations of prediabetes causes, health risks, and treatment
  • Includes the latest advances in the use of diabetes medications to treat prediabetes
  • Provides diet suggestions, meal plans, and exercise tips
  • Contains helpful suggestions for friends and family members who want to support a loved one with prediabetes

While there is no cure for diabetes, it can be prevented if prediabetes is diagnosed and treated early. Packed with valuable information for patients of all ages, Prediabetes For Dummies is an important resource for taking control of this dangerous condition.

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Table of Contents


Part I: Confronting the Prediabetes Epidemic.

Chapter 1: The Origins and Dangers of Prediabetes.

Chapter 2: Suspecting Prediabetes in Yourself or a Loved One.

Chapter 3: Tracking the Transition from Prediabetes to Diabetes.

Chapter 4: Stopping Prediabetes in Its Tracks.

Part II: Food and Other Factors: Battling an Unhealthy Lifestyle.

Chapter 5: What’s in Your Kitchen? Identifying Problem Foods.

Chapter 6: Facing Your Weight.

Chapter 7: Stuck on the Couch: The Risks of Being Sedentary.

Chapter 8: Stressing Out.

Part III: Getting a Diagnosis.

Chapter 9: Spotting the Metabolic Syndrome.

Chapter 10: The Testing Spectrum: Having Essential Tests and Interpreting Results.

Chapter 11: Children and the Elderly: Special Considerations.

Part IV: The Dangers of Moving toward Diabetes.

Chapter 12: Dealing with Short-Term Complications.

Chapter 13: Suffering Long-Term Consequences.

Chapter 14: Risking Your Sexual Health: Sexual Function and Pregnancy.

Part V: Avoiding or Reversing Prediabetes.

Chapter 15: Shopping for Food in a New Way.

Chapter 16: Cooking and Eating for Health and Enjoyment.

Chapter 17: Maximizing Movement.

Chapter 18: Taking Medications or Supplements.

Chapter 19: Considering Bariatric Surgery.

Chapter 20: Putting Your Knowledge to Work: A Healthier You in Three Months.

Part VI: The Part of Tens.

Chapter 21: Ten Myths about Prediabetes.

Chapter 22: (More Than) Ten Staples to Keep in Your Kitchen.

Chapter 23: Ten Things to Teach Your Prediabetic Child.

Appendix: Additional Resources.


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Author Information

Alan L. Rubin, MD, is one of the nation's foremost authorities on prediabetes and diabetes. He is the author of Diabetes For Dummies, Diabetes Cookbook For Dummies, Type 1 Diabetes For Dummies, and Thyroid For Dummies.
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