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News Release

Joslin Diabetes Center Publishes Staying Healthy with Diabetes: Weight & Wellness

New Book Aimed at Helping Individuals Manage Their Weight for Better Diabetes Control

BOSTON – July 15, 2008 – Joslin Diabetes Center today announced the release of Staying Healthy with Diabetes: Weight & Wellness, the latest book in its popular "Staying Healthy with Diabetes" series. Written for consumers, Weight & Wellness provides information and strategies to help individuals with type 2 diabetes achieve a healthy weight and maintain it over time.

“Being overweight affects every system in the body – and not for the better.  For people who are at risk for, or who already have type 2 diabetes, being overweight affects the body’s ability to use insulin,” said Amy Campbell, M.S., R.D., C.D.E., author of the book.  “The good news is that research has shown that losing even a small amount of weight can help insulin be more effective.  And, for individuals at risk for developing type 2 diabetes, reducing weight can delay or even prevent the onset of the disease.”

Weight management goals are different for everyone and weight loss presents a special challenge for people with type 2 diabetes. Based on the nutrition guidelines developed by Joslin Diabetes Center and the lessons learned from Joslin’s Weight Achievement and Intensive Treatment Program (Why WAIT?), Staying Healthy with Diabetes: Weight & Wellness offers tools and support strategies for individualized weight management programs. 

Weight & Wellness explains how to determine a healthy weight, meal planning and how to overcome barriers to beginning a weight management program.  In addition, special issues such as meal replacements, popular diets, weight loss medications and surgery are covered.  Weight loss for children and adolescents is also included.

Through clear, concise discussions of the importance of issues such as metabolism, glycemic index, glycemic load, reading nutrition labels and BMI/waist circumference, Weight & Wellness offers readers the knowledge they need to help make individually appropriate lifestyle choices. 

Staying Healthy with Diabetes: Weight & Wellness is available for $12.95 by calling 1-800-344-4501 or by visiting Joslin’s Online Store at www.joslin.org/store.   

About the Author 
Amy P. Campbell, M.S., R.D., C.D.E., is Manager of Clinical Education Programs at Joslin as well as a registered dietitian and certified diabetes educator with 20 years of experience treating people with diabetes.  A nationally recognized nutrition writer, she is the co-author of several books, including The Joslin Guide to Diabetes: A Program for Managing Your Treatment and 16 Myths of a Diabetic Diet, both available at www.joslin.org/store or by calling 1-800-344-4501.

About Joslin’s “Staying Healthy with Diabetes” Series
Staying Healthy with Diabetes is a series of books published by Joslin Diabetes Center.  In addition to Weight & Wellness, the series includes: Nutrition & Meal Planning; Physical Activity & Fitness; and A Guide for the Chinese Community