Now you know the immutable math of energy balance. Actually, 26, you probably "knew" it all along. The good news is that you can use this math to your advantage to develop effective ways to achieve and maintain a healthy weight. In Chapter 1, we briefly described how being overweight alters the way the body metabolizes food, which can lead to high blood-sugar levels. So careful attention to weight is a key part of any diabetes prevention or treatment program.
This book will describe a proven program to maintain a healthy weight. How do we know it works? It's based on principles tested and proved in a major clinical trial called the Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP). We will share with you not only what we've learned during the development and conduct of the DPP and other studies but the stories of people who have made the program work for them. Next, we will briefly describe how the science of diabetes prevention and care evolved. Then we'll tell you how to put those principles to work for you.
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