New Diet Targets the National Diabetes Epidemic

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Health and weight management can seem overwhelming, and even frightening, to the more than 23 million Americans who suffer from type 2 diabetes, as well as the 79 million pre-diabetic adults.

The Mayo Clinic Diabetes Diet presents two easy-to-follow phases that work—Lose It! and Live It! The diet is based on principles of The Mayo Clinic Diet, which is designed to help people safely lose 6-10 pounds in two weeks and then continue to lose weight until they achieve a healthy weight they can maintain for a lifetime.

The medical specialists at Mayo Clinic have created The Mayo Clinic Diabetes Diet as a two-phase plan to help at-risk people prevent and control diabetes by losing weight quickly and safely, and then maintaining that weight loss.

The Lose It! phase of The Mayo Clinic Diabetes Diet is a simple, straightforward two-week plan that encourages quick but safe weight loss that can help lower blood sugar. The Live It! phase of the diet offers basic and manageable steps and lifestyle changes and choices that are designed to help participants lose 1 to 2 pounds a week until a healthy weight is reached, and then keep the pounds off.

Mayo Clinic’s weight-loss and nutrition experts have packed this book with meal plans and tips for improving health and losing weight safely. The Mayo Clinic Diabetes Diet tackles all the familiar obstacles that get in the way of weight loss—dislike of exercise, distaste of healthy food, too little time to cook well, a hectic schedule, struggles with cravings, and minimal support from family and friends. It is a reliable and safe companion for losing weight and controlling diabetes.

“Achieving and maintaining a healthy weight is a critical factor in controlling blood sugar and managing diabetes for the majority of people with diabetes and pre-diabetes,” says Donald Hensrud, MD, medical editor-in-chief of the diet, and chair of preventive medicine at Mayo Clinic. “With The Mayo Clinic Diabetes Diet, people can truly manage diabetes, eat well, lose weight and enjoy life.”

A companion book, The Mayo Clinic Diabetes Diet Journal, helps dieters track their goals and succeed with weight loss. The Mayo Clinic Diabetes Diet ($25.99 U.S./hardcover) and The Mayo Clinic Diabetes Diet Journal ($14.99 U.S./plastic comb binding), both published by Good Books, are available at the Mayo Clinic bookstore and at online and retail outlets nationwide.