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Gestational diabetes, or diabetes during pregnancy, is an increasingly common medical condition, affecting around 35,000 women in England and Wales each year, with a threefold increase in diagnosis in the number of people diagnosed in the past ten years. A diagnosis of diabetes in pregnancy can be stressful and overwhelming and there are often more questions than answers, from 'why me'? to 'what's safe to eat?' to what's going to happen to my baby'? This book, written by by a leading consultant diabetologist, provides a practical, no nonsense approach to understanding the condition, reducing risks and achieving the balance of blood sugar that is crucial to a healthy outcome. Topics include: What is gestational diabetes? Coming to terms with the diagnosis Ante-natal care and support Diet and lifestyle Exercise Medication to help protect you and your baby Getting ready for delivery Your baby's birth and afterwards Diet plans and recipes
Depression is one of the UK's leading causes of disability. One in four women in their 40s are prescribed antidepressant drugs BUT depression is a sign of malfunction of the body - not in the brain and it can be treated with simple lifestyle interventions. The UK's mental well-being is in a state of crisis - psychiatric drugs are overprescribed and the causes of depression and anxiety oversimplified as a genetic and brain malfunction. This book debunks the myths and sets out a natural cure for depression, proving that low serotonin levels are not the primary cause of depression, but that inflammation is the root cause and this can be treated by way of lifestyle changes. The book explores the truth about depression, including the latest science and how our genes express themselves through the food choices we make, as well as Dr Brogan's four-week plan with menus. Written in a lively style and laced with compelling scientific proof, this groundbreaking book proves that symptoms of depression are often markers of an underlying problem originating outside the brain which can be effectively treated without pharmaceuticals.
*THE NUMBER 1 BESTSELLER* What are the things we live for? What matters most in life when your time is short? This brave, frank and heartbreaking book shows what it means to die before your time; how to take charge of your life and fill it with wonder, hope and joy even in the face of tragedy. Ambitious and talented, Kate Gross worked at Number 10 Downing Street for two British Prime Ministers whilst only in her twenties. At thirty, she was CEO of a charity working with fragile democracies in Africa. She had married 'the best looking man I've ever kissed' - and given birth to twin boys in 2008. The future was bright. But aged 34, Kate was diagnosed with advanced colon cancer. After a two-year battle with the disease, Kate died peacefully at home on Christmas morning, just ten minutes before her sons awoke to open their stockings. She began to write as a gift to herself, a reminder that she could create even as her body began to self-destruct. Written for those she loves,her book is not a conventional cancer memoir; nor is it filled with medical jargon or misery. Instead, it is Kate's powerful attempt to make sense of the woman who emerged in the strange, lucid final chunk of her life. Her book aspires to give hope and purpose to the lives of her readers even as her own life drew to its close. Kate should have been granted decades to say all that she says in these pages. Denied the chance to bore her children and grandchildren with stories when she became fat and old, she offers us all her thoughts on how to live; on the wonder to be found in the everyday; the importance of friendship and love; what it means to die before your time and how to fill your life with hope and joy even in the face of tragedy.
Overcoming app now available via iTunes and the Google Play Store. Depression is one of the most common mental health problems and affects 121 million people at any time. It is recognised by the World Health Organisation as one of the Top 10 most disabling health conditions. Behavioural Activation, a therapy developed from CBT, is an effective new technique in managing depression and ideally suited to self-help. By analysing, challenging and changing behaviours such as avoidance, ruminating and excessive worrying, the sufferer can gradually reinforce their positive experiences and decrease the behaviour which reinforces their depression. Includes worksheets and practical problem-solving techniques. Step-by-step approach to analysing and changing behaviours. Includes an explanation of depression and associated behaviours and case studies. Written by leading clinicians in the field.
Jason Padgett was an ordinary, not terribly bright, 41-year-old working in his father's furniture shop when he was the victim of a brutal mugging outside a karaoke bar in 2002. That same night his stepfather died of cancer, and two weeks later his only brother went missing (his body was discovered three year later). The combined traumas of these three events proved, unsurprisingly, too much for Jason and he withdrew from life completely, living as a hermit for four years suffering with agoraphobia and the onset of OCD. During this time he developed a fascination with the principles of the physical universe, devouring mathematics and physics journals. He also started to see intricate webs of shapes in his head and discovered that he could draw these by hand. A chance encounter in a mall pointed him in the direction of college. There, his extraordinary mind was recognised, and he was set on a path in which his drawings were identified as mathematical fractals and neuroscientists were able to diagnose a unique individual. Jason is a miraculous everyman with an inspiring 'what if' story that pushes beyond the boundaries of what scientists thought possible.
With an estimated 400,000 multiple sclerosis patients in the United States alone, conservatively speaking, half of the MS population will encounter varying degrees of cognitive difficulties. Newer studies point to a percentage of 65%, affecting over 2.5 million world-wide MS patients.
"Mental Sharpening Stones: Manage the Cognitive Challenges of Multiple Sclerosis" provides real-life techniques garnered from MS patients and their medical providers, sharing their practical methods for pushing back against the disruptive and potentially disabling cognitive symptoms that affect MS patients. The book offers strategies that will assist those living with MS to retain their intellectual faculties through sharpening their mental discipline.
This book is a vital step beyond acknowledging cognitive symptoms and the revealing changes that can affect those living with MS. It will also inform those who know them physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. The contributing writers of this book serve as exemplars and guides of how to live with and function - despite MS cognitive challenges.
This book includes:
Tips and tricks for dealing with cognitive issues A conversation with Montel Williams A conversation with New York Times bestselling author Richard Cohen A conversation with Chief Justice of the Colorado Supreme Court, Mary Mullarkey A portion of the proceeds from this book will be donated to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society and the Montel Williams MS Foundation
You can reverse pre-diabetes and type 2 diabetes when you change how you eat International diabetes expert David Cavan has teamed up with food writer and type 1 diabetic Emma Porter to create 100 low-carb, healthy-fat recipes to help reverse type 2 diabetes and prediabetes, and control type 1 diabetes as part of a healthy lifestyle. From simple breakfasts and tasty snacks to indulgent dinners and healthy desserts the authors will help you take control of your health and cook meals the whole family will enjoy. The recipes also help manage type 1 diabetes more effectively. Recipes include: Baked eggs in avocado with roasted fennel and tomatoes One-pan blueberry pancake Roasted aubergine and garlic salad with olive oil, basil and tomato Mexican-style fajitas Nutty mushroom risotto with bacon Slow-roasted salt and pepper pulled pork Orange and almond cake Cherry, chocolate and coconut cream ice lollies
This is a complete guide to Parkinson's disease, from a patient advocate who founded a successful Parkinson's support group. This comprehensive guide provides detailed information on the medical, emotional, financial, and practical aspects of Parkinson's Disease from two of America's leading advocates for people with the condition. The tone is conversational, pragmatic and personal: the authors offer practical suggestions on handling everyday challenges such as buttoning a shirt or rolling over in bed, explore how PD affects relationships, discuss the role of diet, supplements, rest and relaxation, and the mind-body connection, and offer strategies for navigating professional life.They not only explain what PD is, but unlike other books they show how PD feels, sharing anecdotes and reflections from their own experience and from dozens of people who are living well with PD. This compassionate and inspiring book offers knowledge and wisdom from those who understand the challenges of dealing with PD each day.
When Grandma starts to become forgetful, Alice and her family create a box of memories to remind her of all the good times they have shared together. Alice puts some pretty packets of seeds in the box, to remind Grandma of their happy times planting seeds and watching them grow into beautiful flowers. Her brother Harry puts some toy animals in the box, to remind Grandma of their fun trips to the zoo when the chimpanzees made them laugh. Grandpa puts a photo from their wedding day in the box, when Grandma looked so beautiful and happy. What a lot of wonderful memories in Grandma's box! What would you put in? This beautifully-illustrated story helps to explain dementia to children aged 4 to 7 years in a gentle and engaging way, and prompts discussions about what children can do to help a grandparent living with dementia. It is an ideal starting point for family discussions and a book that dementia care professionals will want to recommend to the families they work with.
The astonishing tale of a little girl who was different, her cat and how they brought a family together. 'Different is brilliant . . .' Iris Grace is different. From the moment she was born she found the world a strange and terrifying place: she neither smiled nor spoke. The doctors couldn't help, telling her parents she might never be able to communicate - she'd never call them mummy or daddy. But then Iris met Thula. This special kitten and Iris became instant best friends. They did everything together - painting, playing, bathing, snuggling, sleeping, exploring. And then a miracle happened: Iris said her first words. The story of the amazing bond between Iris and Thula is a heartwarming tale of finding hope and happiness in the most unexpected places. Because different really is brilliant. *** 'Moving, honest and full of hope. Wonderful' Daily Mail, Books of the Year 'An astonishing talent' Daily Express 'A miracle' Best 'Astonishing, remarkable' ITV News 'Iris's astonishing tale of talent and relationship with Thula is lovingly told' Daily Mail
You can control or even prevent diabetes!
Dr. David Nathan is a lead researcher on the landmark National Institutes of Health study that proved that diabetes can be beaten without drugs. His Harvard Medical School colleague Linda Delahanty is a leading international expert on nutrition and diabetes control. Together they bring you the first complete, medically proven program for preventing or controlling diabetes.
'A wonderful self-portrait of a family with autism at its heart. Uplifting and grounded, frank and encouraging, serious and funny, A Normal Family affirms that there is life after an ASD diagnosis - an atypical life, yes, but an abundant and nourishing life just the same' David Mitchell, author of THE REASON I JUMP 'The book is about how [Henry] grieved for the life that Johnny isn't able to have - and learnt to celebrate the one that he does' The Times 'A candid and frequently funny book' Radio Times 'Honest but funny' Sunday Express 'Pell and Normal describe hopes shattered, dreams deferred and victories gained in this brave, funny, and searingly honest memoir' Daily Express Johnny is twenty. He likes music, art and going to the beach. He is also autistic - in his case that means he will probably never get a job, never have a girlfriend, never leave home. And over the last two decades this is what his father, TV producer and comedy writer Henry Normal, and mother, Angela Pell, have been trying to come to terms with. This is a book for anyone whose life has been touched by autism - it's about the hope, the despair, and the messy, honest, sometimes funny day-to-day world of autism, as well as a wonderful, warm book about the unconditional, unconventional love between a father, a mother and a son.
'Profoundly engaging in depth, with remarkable subtlety and rare, limpid beauty. A must-read' - Mary Gaitskill A luminous memoir about reading, writing and how to find meaning in a life Written over two years while the author battled depression, Dear Friend is a painful and yet richly affirming examination of what makes life worth living. Interweaving personal memoir with a wide-ranging celebration of writers and books, this is a journey of recovery through literature. From William Trevor and Katherine Mansfield to Kierkegaard and Larkin, Yiyun Li traces the themes of time and transformation, presence and absence. Drawing on personal experiences from her difficult childhood in China, she constructs a beautiful, interior exploration of selfhood and what is required to choose life.
"An introspective, honest account that may offer solace...to other families coping with challenging children." - "Kirkus Reviews". "[LaSalle's] story is one of human triumph over adversity and ignorance...It has a happy ending, but there will be moments when readers are likely to cry before they share her happiness." - Tony Attwood, Ph.D., Director, The Asperger's Syndrome Clinic.Barbara LaSalle's first son, Ben, seemed to be an extraordinarily gifted child. For the first few years of his life, he amazed his mother with his brilliance and creativity, speaking in full sentences before age one and reading competently by age two. Yet, lurking beneath this boy genius' amazing abilities were a crippling social aloofness and fear of change. For years, she searched for a diagnosis for her son, who, unbeknownst to her, suffered from Asperger's Syndrome - the "little grownup" disorder - a neurological condition considered a high-functioning form of autism.In this frank, emotionally written account, Barbara LaSalle reveals what it's really like to parent a child with a neurological disorder. She paints a powerfully honest portrait of how a mother's love can turn into bitterness at having to raise a special-needs child and how, by opening herself to the wisdom of others, she can at last learn to love her child - and herself - once again. Barbara LaSalle, M.A., is a marriage and family therapist who runs a psychotherapy practice in Los Angeles. A tireless advocate for people with mental illness, she is a frequent lecturer, workshop leader, and documentary filmmaker.
Discover how to manage diabetes for a healthier and happier life! Written for anyone diagnosed with type 2 diabetes (and for anyone who loves someone with diabetes), Managing Type 2 Diabetes For Dummies is an essential guide to understanding the effects of diabetes and knowing what steps to take to successfully manage this chronic illness. Diabetes can lead to serious complications but people with diabetes can control the condition and lower the risk of its many complications. This is your easy-to-understand guide that shows you how. Under the direction of The American Diabetes Association, Managing Type 2 Diabetes For Dummies gives hope to the one in 11 people in the United States who are affected by the disease. Written in simple-to-understand terms, Managing Type 2 Diabetes For Dummies is filled with a wealth of expert advice and includes the most current information on recent medical advances for treatment. Improperly managed diabetes and consistently high blood glucose levels can lead to serious diseases affecting the heart and blood vessels, eyes, kidneys, nerves, and teeth. With the authorities at the American Diabetes Association on your side, you will have a practical handbook for preventing complications and managing diabetes with confidence! Prevent and manage the complications of the disease Combat diabetes-related anxiety and depression Lead a healthy life with type 2 diabetes Tap into the better living "rules of the road" with Managing Type 2 Diabetes For Dummies. By modifying your diet, consulting with your doctors, staying active, and understanding what medications are right for you, you will be on the path to a happier and healthier lifestyle.
When Sophie Walker's daughter Grace was diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome, her world unravelled. Her high-powered job was in disarray, she couldn't sleep, often woke in tears and felt hopeless and useless in her role as a mother. One day she realised she hadn't done any exercise for months - neglecting her physical health as well as her mental wellbeing. Previously a keen runner, she set herself the challenge of running the London Marathon to raise awareness of Asperger Syndrome and make herself physically strong enough to support her daughter. Invigorated by the physical challenge she had set herself, Sophie began a blog - 'Grace Under Pressure' - writing about both day-to-day life raising Grace alongside training for the marathon. The combination caught the imagination of readers and the blog took off, garnering praise from a wide range of sources. Now transformed into a book, Grace Under Pressure is a moving story that charts the highs and lows of raising a child with Asperger Syndrome and the physical challenge of training for a long-distance running event.
Banish back pain and strengthen your back and neck with this clear and practical illustrated guide to a healthy back. Most people will experience back pain at some point in their lives. This can affect sleep as well as daily tasks and so impacts significantly on quality of life. BMA Bad Back Book tackles the problem step by step, from finding out what the problem is to treatment, exercises, pain relief, and maintenance. Whether you're looking for immediate back and neck treatment or ways to prevent injuries recurring, the illustrated step-by-step exercises show you what to do to. A practical guide, endorsed by the British Medical Association, this book also features invaluable advice on coping with neck and back pain and getting the best results from rehabilitation. Whether you are an active sports enthusiast or a sedentary office worker, BMA Bad Back Book will help you stay fit, healthy, and pain free.
'The Alzheimer's Solution is a very important book on the role of lifestyle in successful cognitive aging.' Dr Dilip Jeste, Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry and Neurosciences, University of California, San Diego School of Medicine 'The Sherzais' research is changing the landscape of neurodegenerative diseases as well as the outcomes for thousands of patients.' Dr Keith Black, Chairman of the Neurosurgery Department and Director of the Maxine Dunitz Neurological Institute, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center Alzheimer's Disease is one of the most feared diagnoses - 850,000 people are estimated to suffer from it in the UK alone. While the incidence of this devastating condition has increased at an unprecedented rate in the last decade, modern medicine has made no real breakthroughs in preventing or managing it - until now. New scientific research and clinical trials suggest that patients can see improvement in memory, cognition, attention and mood. In The Alzheimer's Solution, Drs Dean and Ayesha Sherzai, two of the world's leading neurologists, present the very latest research on the five lifestyle factors scientifically linked to brain health: nutrition, exercise, stress, sleep and multi-modal activities that engage as much of the brain as possible. Readers will learn how each of these factors impacts their brain health and practical advice on how to make improvements in each of these areas to significantly prevent and reverse cognitive decline.
From the cutting edge of natural antidepressant research, here is new information on St. Johns wort, SAMe, bright light therapy, and other proven natural remedies for depression. This fully updated second edition explores emotional health, including mood-enhancing fats and herbal antidepressants.
A glass-half-full look at Alzheimer's that reveals how to connect
with someone through the fog of the disease
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