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Sugar Nation: The Hidden Truth Behind America's Deadliest Habit and the Simple Way to Beat Itby Jeff O'connell
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THIS BOOK COULD SAVE YOUR LIFE
-Every five seconds, one more person develops diabetes.
-Worldwide, 285 million people are affected by type 2 diabetes.
-Many of them have no idea.
Here is the personal story of one man who has unearthed the mysteries of this global epidemic and offers hard-won practical advice for how readers can take control of their lives and combat this deadly disease.
"Sugar Nation is a must-read! As a fitness expert myself, who has dealt with family diabetes and coaching families on how to limit their sugar intake, this book is a fundamental tool in educating the world on just how dangerous dietary sugar can be. Jeff O'Connell's direct yet user-friendly approach to this important and overlooked subject is more than refreshing. All will benefit from picking this book up."
--Jennifer Nicole Lee, author of The Jennifer Nicole Lee Fitness Model Diet
"Men's Health writer O'Connell (LL Cool J's Platinum Workout) delivers a smart, personally inspired health wakeup call in no uncertain terms: our excessive consumption of carbohydrates is killing us and wrecking our health-care system. Diabetes has reached 'global pandemic' proportions, he argues, especially among youth; and while this 'invisible disease' has been studied intensively since the role of insulin in regulating the body's sugar was understood by the 1920s (type 1 diabetes means the pancreas can no longer produce insulin, while type 2, the most prevalent today, means the body makes too much and systems begin failing), the message that the latter is entirely preventable due to a closely watched low-carb, high-protein diet has been obscured and downright denied. After witnessing the slow, agonizing death of his father from diabetes, O'Connell, too, got the 'tap on the shoulder' when he was diagnosed with prediabetes and subsequently informed himself on how to radically alter his diet and lifestyle. What he learned, mystifyingly, was that most official organizations, like the American Diabetes Association (ADA), and doctors still prescribe a low-fat, high-carb diet and a host of drugs with perilous side effects. In his well-researched, reasoned work, O'Connell flips this myth and offers sage, usable advice in choosing foods, exercising, and challenging this stealthy killer. (Aug.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
About the Author
Jeff O'Connell is editorial director and publisher at Bodybuilding.com, part of Liberty Media Corporation. He was formerly editor-in-chief at Muscle and Fitness and executive writer at Men's Health, where he remains a contributing editor. His feature writing has been cited in both the Best American Sports Writing and Best American Science and Nature Writing anthologies. He has coauthored four books, including Mario Lopez's Knockout Fitness and LL Cool J's Platinum Workout, which became a New York Times bestseller.
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