Each day, millions of Americans needlessly suffer the consequences of diabetes. In advanced cases, they face amputation (60% will lose some part of their lower body), blindness, and even kidney failure. The risk for death among people with diabetes is about twice that of non-diabetics of similar age. The risk of stroke and dying of heart disease is 2 to 4 times higher.
According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), if current trends continue, one in three U.S adults will have diabetes by 2050 (currently it is one in 10). The New England Journal of Medicine reports that, for the first time in history, children of this generation are expected to have a shorter life expectancy than their parents.
It does not have to be this way! Much of the cost and complications of the disease is preventable. Not by wrenching life changes, but with common sense lifestyle changes.
Our seemingly inconsequential, day-to-day choices are steering our health on a bleak course. The public is uneducated (or misinformed) about sugarís role in our health. I was headed in the same direction too, until I decided to study blood sugar management and the body.
From this research I produced a one-hour DVD titled Sweet Fire: Understanding Sugarís Role in Your Health that has been watched by thousands of people all over the world, from ages 8 to 80. (Check out the Reviews & Praise.)
After being repeatedly asked to write a book version of Sweet Fire, it has finally arrived. The book titled Sweet Fire: Sugar, Diabetes and Your Health answers the same questions explored in my DVD:
- How much sugar are we eating?
- How do our bodies process sugar?
- What happens if we get too much sugar Ė especially over a long period of time?
These questions are answered in the first three parts of the book: Food, The Body, and Getting off the Diabetes Track. The remaining parts of the book are devoted to answering the common questions I hear from people who have just finished watching my video, such as:
- Iím addicted to sugar; what do I do?
- How do I get healthy food into my diet?
- What sweetener should I use instead of sugar?
These questions are answered in the last four parts of this book: Sugar Addiction, Adding Healthy Food to Your Diet, Understanding Sweeteners, and Recipes to Get You Started.
This diabetes/obesity crisis is preventable. We need to become educated. Until now, much of this information was not readily available and was obscured by medical/technical lingo. It took me years to condense the material into an easy read. It is my hope that you will use the Sweet Fire book and DVD as a means to spread this information. The more people get educated, the sooner we can avert this crisis.