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This can't happen to me!

Tackling Type 2 diabetes

This can't happen to me! by Tim Bowden
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Diabetes is out of control - it's the world's fastest growing chronic disease. In Australia alone, more than 1,500 people are diagnosed every week and diabetes is the sixth highest contributing cause of death. The majority of Australians with diabetes - 90 per cent - have Type 2 diabetes.

That's the bad news but, as author, broadcaster and raconteur Tim Bowden found, there is also good news. Eating healthy foods which are low in saturated fats, having more fruit and vegetables, being physically more active and cutting down on alcohol, can help to delay or prevent the onset of debilitating complications and a premature death.

This can't happen to me! was Tim's incredulous reaction when his doctor diagnosed him with Type 2 diabetes during an ordinary medical check up. Diabetes was something that other people had, not him. But Tim had to get used to it, and quickly.

Here Tim shares everything he learnt, from mastering the daily blood glucose level testing to ways of changing diet and lifestyle. He speaks to other people with Type 2 diabetes, both well-known names and ordinary people, and their stories are included. Some are managing well but others have their heads in the sand where their health is concerned. Tim also interviews doctors, dieticians and specialists to give as much information and support as possible.

Written in Tim Bowden's friendly, informative and accessible style, This can't happen to me! is invaluable not only for those with Type 2 diabetes, their families, carers and health professionals, but for all of us at risk of developing this insidious, deadly disease.

Allen & Unwin; January 2004
221 pages; ISBN 9781741151633
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Title: This can't happen to me!
Author: Tim Bowden