Hilton Publishing Launches First Diabetes Guide for Minority Community

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"Living with Diabetes" addresses the specific diabetic health needs of minorities.

Living with Diabetes: A Guide for Patients and Parents

Hilton Publishing announces the first diabetes guide of its kind to specifically address the needs, the risks, and the treatments that work for the minority community. In "Living with Diabetes: A Guide for Patients and Parents," (Hilton Publishing; July 5, 2005; $16.95), well-respected physicians Drs. James Reed and Agiua Heath educate readers on what diabetes is; how to recognize the symptoms and reduce the risks; and, once diagnosed, how to manage the disease.

What do Halle Berry, B.B. King, and Patti Labelle all have in common? They are just some of the more than 18 million people living with diabetes. According to the American Diabetes Association, diabetes is the fifth deadliest disease in the United States, and it has no cure. Even more sobering: African-Americans, Latinos and Native Americans have a higher risk for the disease than any other population.

Diabetes Mellitus occurs when the body's ability to produce insulin is disrupted, or when the insulin in the body is not effective. This results in the body's inability to absorb glucose properly-the "food" our bodies need for energy. Most people who develop the disease get adult onset diabetes or "Type 2 diabetes," which many researchers attribute to unhealthy lifestyle habits. What's most alarming is the number of children diagnosed with "Type 2 diabetes" is on the rise. While there are some risk factors of the disease, such as obesity, and physical inactivity, that can be controlled, there are many other factors such as heredity, ethnicity and age that cannot be avoided.

In "Living with Diabetes," readers will learn:

  • Strategies to cope with the complicated feelings that come with the diagnosis.
  • The long-term health conditions that can arise from the disease—and what to do about them.
  • The role insulin plays, and the different ways it can be administered.
  • The healthy, easy-to-live-with D.A.S.H. (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) diet, specifically designed for diabetics.
  • Over 25 delicious recipes approved by the American Diabetes Association.

"Living with Diabetes" will help those who have been diagnosed with the disease gain better control, and will help those at risk for developing the disease greatly reduce that risk. In short, it will give readers the power to take charge of their health and ultimately, their life.

About the authors:

James W. Reed, M.D., M.A.C.P., F.A.C.E. a former member of the National Diabetes Advisory Board, is currently a member of the Education Council for the National Diabetes Educational Initiatives and the Diabetes Epidemic Action Council of the American Diabetes Association. He is Professor of Medicine and Associate Chair of Medicine for Research, Morehouse School of Medicine, and a co-founder of the International Society for Hypertension in Blacks. Dr. Reed lives in Atlanta, Georgia.

Agiua Heath, M.D. has been a senior physician in internal medicine at Kaiser Permanente. She is currently a physician with the University of California at Berkeley's Student Health Services. She lives in Oakland, California.

"Living with Diabetes: A Guide for Patients and Parents"

James W. Reed, M.D., M.A.C.P., F.A.C.E. and Agiua Heath, M.D.

Hilton Publishing

July 5, 2005




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