Lori Dzarnowski, Doctor of Pharmacy Candidate University of Florida College of Pharmacy, has reviewed the new book Stop Prediabetes Now: The Ultimate Plan to Lose Weight and Prevent Diabetes, by Jack Challem and Ron, M.D. Hunninghake. Click here to find out why patients will want this book.
Stop Prediabetes Now: The Ultimate Plan to Lose Weight and Prevent Diabetes
By Jack Challem, Ron, M.D. Hunninghake
Stop Prediabetes Now is a self-help book designed to direct motivated readers towards a healthier lifestyle. When patients are initially given the diagnosis as prediabetic or diabetic, it is a very stressful time, and they often feel scared, helpless, or even depressed. Many patients automatically assume their fate has been determined and they will experience a similar dreadful course of diabetes as one of their older family members.
This book is designed to assist patients who have been told they are “prediabetic” with reversing prediabetes or slowing the progression to full blown diabetes. The power to choose a healthier, more active lifestyle is put back in the hands of the patient. The book is encouraging and gives patients the hope that even small changes in their lifestyle will have a big impact on their health and future.
The book is divided into two sections. Part one helps to explain why diabetes has become a growing epidemic due to changes in foods, as well as eating habits, since the days of hunting and gathering. The book also helps describe diabetes to readers in clear, simple terms.
Lab tests are deciphered and their purpose and importance are explained. From the very beginning of this book, it is emphasized that diabetes develops from years of personal choices to eat unhealthy foods and be physically inactive. It states that the reader must decide to change on their own and initiate a healthier lifestyle to help prevent the complications associated with diabetes.
Part two gives readers the foundation to make daily choices towards a healthier lifestyle. This section provides helpful tips such as: nutritious foods to curb appetite, how to decode food labels, a guide to grocery shopping, how to select the healthiest foods from a restaurant menu, and how to become more physically active.
There is a chapter on the basics of cooking and simple recipes which I, being not much of a cook, found extremely helpful. Once section I did have some concerns with was the chapter making numerous nutritional supplement recommendations. From a health care provider perspective, I would recommend supplements be initiated on a patient specific basis due to potential drug interactions and adverse effects.
Last, but not least, the book concludes with a four week plan to start reversing prediabetes. Sample meal plans are listed for each week to transition the reader to healthy eating habits. Weekly improvements are listed to make the reader aware of the positive changes taking place. I found the suggestions very easy to individualize, allowing the reader to move at a comfortable pace.
Overall, I thought the book was honest and motivating. The book helps readers realize that it is possible to change their health outcomes with small, gradual changes in food selection and physical activity. After completion of the book, readers will have the ground work and knowledge to help them accomplish their individual goals.