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Conquer Diabetes and Prediabetes: The Low-Carb Mediterranean Diet by [Parker M.D., Steve]
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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: 387 KB
  • Print Length: 216 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: pxHealth; 1 edition (January 22, 2011)
  • Publication Date: January 22, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004KABFEQ
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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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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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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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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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