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Conquer Diabetes and Prediabetes: The Low-Carb Mediterranean Diet [Kindle Edition]

Steve Parker M.D.
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Dr. Steve Parker has created the first-ever low-carbohydrate Mediterranean diet, designed for people with type 2 diabetes and prediabetes. His science-based plan blends the healthy components of the traditional Mediterranean diet with the ease and effectiveness of low-carb eating. "Conquer Diabetes and Prediabetes" teaches how to lower blood sugars naturally, reduce or eliminate diabetic medications, and lose excess weight if needed.

Type 2 diabetics and prediabetics have lost the ability to process carbohydrates safely. Carbohydrates have become poisonous for them. Carb toxicity too often leads to numb and painful limbs, impaired vision, kidney failure, amputations, cancer, and premature heart attacks, strokes, and death.

Nutrition experts worldwide agree that the Mediterranean diet is the healthiest way of eating for the general public. It prolongs life and reduces rates of heart attack, stroke, cancer, and dementia. The only problem for diabetics is that it provides too many toxic carbohydrates.

Dr. Parker initially recommends a very-low-carb ketogenic diet for 12 to 18 weeks, then teaches the reader how to gradually add more healthy carbohydrates depending on blood sugar and body weight changes. Due to the toxic nature of carbohydrates in people with impaired blood sugar metabolism, most diabetics won’t be able to tolerate more than 80-100 grams of carbohydrate daily. (The average Western diet provides 250 grams.)

The book provides recipes, a week of menus, instruction on exercise, discussion of all available diabetic medications, advice on prevention of weight regain, lists of delicious doctor-approved foods, 71 scientific references, and an annotated bibliography. All measurements are given both in U.S. customary and metric units.

Steve Parker, M.D., is a leading medical expert on the Mediterranean diet and author of the award-winning "Advanced Mediterranean Diet: Lose Weight, Feel Better, Live Longer." He has over two decades’ experience practicing Internal Medicine and treating patients with diabetes and prediabetes.

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About the Author

Steve Parker, M.D., is a leading medical expert on the Mediterranean diet and author of the award-winning "Advanced Mediterranean Diet: Lose Weight, Feel Better, Live Longer." He has over two decades’ experience practicing Internal Medicine and treating patients with diabetes and prediabetes. Dr. Parker lives in Arizona (USA) with his wife and children.

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  • File Size: 270 KB
  • Print Length: 216 pages
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  • Publisher: pxHealth; 1 edition (January 22, 2011)
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  • Language: English
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45 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly Recommended June 23, 2011
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I was really surprised by the Introduction. Dr. Parker begins by apologizing and saying, "I'm sorry for what the Medical establishment has done to people with diabetes. We've done an atrocious job for type 2 diabetics and prediabetics." This immediately makes one realize one is dealing with a very honorable man who really cares about his patients. He had long been an advocate of the proven healthy Mediterranean-style eating for the general population. He says low-carb diets are higher in total fat and saturated fats but since this has been proven not to contribute to heart disease and strokes, now low-carb diets are enjoying resurgence. He calls carbohydrates the poison or toxin because in type 2 diabetes and prediabetes the body cannot handle carbohydrates in the normal fashion. He created a carbohydrate-restricted Mediterranean diet to help people with metabolic syndrome, prediabetes or full-blown diabetes. This diet can reverse metabolic syndrome. He goes into what levels of blood sugar defines one as diabetic and he goes into lots of detail for blood sugar and A1C levels, but all in a way that lay people can understand quite easily. Dr. Parker writes in an interesting way and very clearly. The book is very easy to follow as a result.

He goes into detail about the various drugs to treat diabetes and as well sternly warns people with diabetes that serious consequences from hypoglycemia can arise from following a very low-carb diet and being on certain diabetic drugs, which he names. He explains how to prevent this and monitor glucose levels.
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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Low-carb Mediterranean diet" is no oxymoron June 4, 2011
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I have been following Dr. Steve Parker's excellent blog ([...]) for some time now and was delighted to discover his new book, which pulls all this information together in a concise and user-friendly format supported by excellent scientific references and practical tips.

Don't be misled by the term "Mediterranean diet," which many people associate with white-flour pizza, pasta and bread or risotto, blood-sugar boosting foods that diabetics should avoid like the plague (and which, regrettably, have become common staples in most modern-day Mediterranean countries and restaurants...).

Instead, the author highlights the many benefits of the *pre-industrial* Mediterranean diet, which is characterized by unprocessed whole foods: vegetables, fish, meat and eggs, olive oil, nuts and seeds, spices, herbs and red wine. (Fruits, legumes, yogurt and other dairy products and whole grains are restricted initially but allowed in moderate amounts later-on.)

Indeed, contrary to popular belief, traditional Mediterranean food was not particularly "low-fat" and contained a wide variety of animal fats and protein. (As discussed in this article: [...]). This is why it's possible to eat a Mediterranean diet while nonetheless avoiding the sugars and refined carbs that increase our risk of diabetes, heart disease, obesity and cancer, to name but a few.

In terms that are easy to understand for non-specialist readers, this book provides an in-depth explanation of the mechanics of blood-sugar balance, weight loss and exercise, and proposes easy ways to improve blood-sugar control and lose weight through low-carb or very low-carb (ketogenic) eating habits.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
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As a registered dietitian, I strive to eat as healthfully as possible. Before realizing I had prediabetes, I followed a diet very similar to the Mediterranean Diet. It's delicious as well as healthy; there's plenty of solid evidence supporting this way of eating. So I was very happy to find Dr. Steve Parker's Diabetic Mediterranean Diet website. Dr. Parker is an expert on the Mediterranean Diet, having previously published The Advanced Mediterranean Diet: Lose Weight, Feel Better, Live Longer. In his latest book, he explains the many benefits of his carbohydrate-restricted version of this diet. The book actually contains two diets: the Diabetes Mediterranean Diet and the Ketogenic Mediterranean Diet. The ketogenic plan calls for as little as 20 grams of carbs daily, and Dr. Parker recommends that it be followed intermittently rather long term, a concept I agree with. He believes we don't know enough about the long-term consequences of consuming less than 20 grams of carbs per day to recommend eating this way continuously and indefinitely.
Favorite quote: "Rank-and-file physicians, dietitians, and nutritionsts put blind faith in their instructors, scientific journal editors, and time-honored and tenured 'thought leaders.' Our unquestioning faith has hurt people with diabetes and prediabetes."
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Ever-So-Slight Tweak On Healthy Low-Carb Living November 18, 2011
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The author of this book Dr. Steve Parker is a gentleman I have a great deal of respect for. He has been on my "Livin' La Vida Low-Carb Show" podcast a couple of times sharing about his love for the Mediterranean diet and his newfound appreciation for merging it together with my beloved low-carb lifestyle change. The result of marrying these two healthy nutritional concepts lays the groundwork for the information provided in CONQUER DIABETES AND PREDIABETES: THE LOW-CARB MEDITERRANEAN DIET. With diabetes, blood sugar disturbances, and metabolic derangement running rampant in the United States and around the world right now, it's imperative that those who truly care about this issue begin articulating in very clear and persuasive language what can be done to resolve the issue. That's exactly what Dr. Parker has done and I applaud his willingness to remain open to change, making tweaks here and there to his long-held beliefs, and disseminating what he has learned to the masses. We need more physicians who are willing to do this if real change will ever happen to this disease of diabetes. Are you ready to give low-carb a try for yourself? Perhaps a Mediterranean-styled version of it is just what the doctor ordered. LITERALLY!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Bought for my wife, she said it covers most of what you need to know about a diabetic diet.
Published 9 days ago by Sam Ga
5.0 out of 5 stars A1 for me
very helpful book to let you see how your body works with carbs. loved it.
Published 27 days ago by mary romano
1.0 out of 5 stars Misleading and possibly dangerous
A completely misleading and possibly dangerous book, which presents the Atkins-type nonsense as a Low-Carb Mediterranean diet. Read more
Published 28 days ago by Murraychat
5.0 out of 5 stars I am glad he had that in there so I could be ...
He explains in his book, how a person can start on a Keto diet which is really low carbs or go to the diet with higher carbs. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Esther Mathis
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Did not work for me
Published 2 months ago by Mikey
2.0 out of 5 stars this book was horrible the Dr wrote like we all had money and ...
this book was horrible the Dr wrote like we all had money and the receipes were scarce sorry i bought
Published 2 months ago by katherin rohr
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Recipies
Great diet plan for anyone. Eat healthy and well!
Published 4 months ago by kavkirk
5.0 out of 5 stars I purchased this book to learn more about correcting the ...
I purchased this book to learn more about correcting the way I eat which is leading me on the path of pre diabetes. I also purchased several books on The Mediterranean Diet. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Carol H. Nielsen
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
wonderful info
Published 5 months ago by Thomas Monks
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book, slightly advanced in terminology
This book explains in detail how the body works relatively to carbohydrate utilization. It is scientific in some of the explanation but later chapters go into the diets. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Sharon L. Oneil
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More About the Author

Dr. Parker is a leading medical expert on the Mediterranean diet.

After completing medical training, he entered the private practice of office-based internal medicine in Austin, TX, then Pensacola, FL. For 17 years, Dr. Parker worked in medical clinics, including three practices he started from scratch. During that span he also co-founded an osteoporosis center.

Since 2001, Dr. Parker has been working as a hospitalist in the Phoenix, AZ, metropolitan area, diagnosing and treating adult patients in the hospital only.

His award-winning first book,"The Advanced Mediterranean Diet: Lose Weight, Feel Better, Live Longer," was published in late 2007. Since then, he has been an active blogger at the Advanced Mediterranean Diet Blog. The second edition of "The Advanced Mediterranean Diet" was released in 2012.

In 2009, Dr. Parker founded the Diabetic Mediterranean Diet Blog as part of a comprehensive adaptation of the healthy Mediterranean diet for people with type 2 diabetes. The first fruit of this labor was the Ketogenic Mediterranean Diet, a very-low-carbohydrate weight-loss plan applicable to people with or without diabetes. The Low-Carb Mediterranean Diet (for diabetics and prediabetics) was released in 2010. Both diets are available free at the Diabetic Mediterranean Diet Blog.

Dr. Parker's second book is "Conquer Diabetes and Prediabetes: The Low-Carb Mediterranean Diet," published in 2011. His latest is "KMD: Ketogenic Mediterranean Diet."

His current research interest is application of the Paleolithic diet (aka Stone Age or caveman diet) as a treatment for diabetes.

Dr. Parker's professional goals are to expand the reach of his medical expertise far beyond the narrow confines of the hospital patient's room, and to enhance lives by preventing disease, improving health, and increasing longevity via healthy lifestyle education.

[You may contact Dr. Parker at his email address: Due to the volume of mail received, he may not be able to respond personally to each.]

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