NEW YORK -- African-Americans are battling with Diabetes at an epidemic rate, more than 4 million African-Americans have Diabetes; and, thousands more are at risk for the condition. Despite those alarming statistics, there has not been a comprehensive book on the market addressing the unique concerns of African Americans and Diabetes - until now.
The African American Guide To Living Well With Diabetes by Constance Brown Riggs speaks directly to its audience and lovingly embraces the importance of culture, spirituality, alternative medicine, and diet to manage and live well with diabetes.
Constance Brown Riggs, Certified Diabetes Educator, Registered Dietitian, Popular Health Advocate, Author of The African American Guide To Living Well With Diabetes, and the popular blog - Diabetes Don't Claim It! Manage It! (www.eatingsoulfully.com/blog) says, "Black folks are predisposed to Diabetes; obesity and genetics play an integral role in the disease diagnosis. The African American Guide To Living Well With Diabetes provides vital information and debunks many myths as it relates to diabetes, medication, diet, family history and soul food.
Riggs passionately pleads, "Diabetes is manageable, however, if not treated properly can trigger serious complications such as heart disease, dementia, depression, blood pressure and a host of other problems. It's time for us to become informed, empowered and engaged."
Brown Riggs, a registered dietitian for over 21 years, says, "Living well with Diabetes is a life-long process. The goal is to maintain good health each day of your life, "one day at a time." The African American Guide To Living Well With Diabetes received the Favorably Reviewed designation from the American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE).
"It's imperative that people with diabetes stay vigilant and educated, an essential step is to stay connected with respective health-care providers such as: primary care physician; optometrist; podiatrist; dietitian; and, make certain the medication, diet, and feet are being managed daily," says Brown Riggs.
The African-American Guide To Living Well With Diabetes is a comprehensive guide, which includes:
* The latest medical treatments for diabetes-medications, insulin therapies, blood glucose monitors-plus the pros and cons of supplements, herbs, and alternative diets.
* What you can't eat-and what you can.
* Dozens of mouthwatering Caribbean and soul food recipes, with a two-week menu plan.
Tips from Constance Brown Riggs, to empower the mind, body, and soul and live well with Diabetes:
1) Accept diabetes diagnosis; it's neither a life sentence nor a death sentence; it's about making a few lifestyle changes and accepting a new beginning.
2) Take medication as prescribed by doctors; if you have questions - ask your healthcare provider immediately. Medication can be the key to preventing diabetes complication.
3) Eat soulfully; however, be mindful of portions and learn how to cook healthy delicious soul food recipes.
4) Get moving; it's time to be physical and stop putting off exercise.
5) Learn how to relax and meditate; your thoughts impact your health.