Updated 15 February 2017

Book release: Managing diabetes and health-related challenges

In a new book, Dr Arien van der Merwe hopes to provide practical information, techniques and tools to help people with diabetes and metabolic syndrome take control of their own health and wellbeing.

With more than 3,5 million South Africans with diabetes alone and more than 150 million worldwide with metabolic syndrome (which includes diabetes), often undiagnosed, this book comes at exactly the right time to provide readers with information on how to re-establish their natural state of exuberant health and happiness.

Statistics clearly show that diabetes, seldom occurring on its own, but more often one of the symptoms of metabolic syndrome, is widespread and ubiquitous, requiring concerted and focused efforts in finding solutions to manage this collective and pervasive health challenge in an integrative, holistic approach that incorporates the whole human being: body, mind, emotions and soul.

‘The statistics clearly show that metabolic syndrome (which includes insulin resistance and diabetes), is way ahead of HIV/AIDS in both morbidity and mortality, yet worryingly the vast implications of this prevalent health risk are hardly recognised at all’, says Dr Arien van der Merwe. ‘Currently, only 20% of people suffering from metabolic syndrome are diagnosed’, she says in her new book, ‘Managing Diabetes and Related Health Challenges’ (Human & Rousseau).

This book is aimed at providing practical information, with tools and techniques to regain control over one’s own health and wellbeing, maintain a sense of optimism and hope, knowing that this prevalent health challenge can be managed and even reversed.

Dr Arien van der Merwe, well-known South African medical doctor, author and expert on holistic integrative medicine, explains precisely what diabetes is, its symptoms and the different types – 1, 2 and 3; what causes diabetes, from physiology to emotions; what pre-diabetes and insulin resistance are; the link between diabetes and metabolic syndrome; the connection between diabetes, heart disease, Alzheimer’s  and depression, even which medications may be prescribed, as well as their side effects and limitations.

This clear, sensible and user-friendly book provides practical solutions for managing diabetes by changing your lifestyle – from sleep to relaxation;  doing enough of the right kind of exercise, including interval and resistance training; eating correctly and sensibly, applying intermittent fasting (IF); managing and reducing stress, while addressing underlying emotional  components and dousing the fires of renegade inflammation.

Dr Van der Merwe also explains the mind-body connection, and gives advice on food supplements and herbal remedies. The book brings a message of hope:  Blood sugar levels, symptoms of metabolic syndrome and other diabetes-related health challenges can be managed, sometimes even reversed.  It is possible to lead a normal, active and long life!

Read more:

What can you do to manage your metabolic syndrome?

Cardiovascular diseases associated with metabolic syndrome

Half of all American adults are diabetic or pre-diabetic


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Dr. May currently works as a fulltime endocrinologist and has been in private practice since 2004. He has a variety of interests, predominantly obesity and diabetes, but also sees patients with osteoporosis, thyroid disorders, men's health disorders, pituitary and adrenal disorders, polycystic ovaries, and disorders of growth. He is a leading member of several obesity and diabetes societies and runs a trial centre for new drugs.

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