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William Morrow and Company (Hardcover),
ISBN 0-688-15329-1
The Other Diabetes, subtitled, "Living and Eating Well with Type 2 Diabetes," is much more than a cookbook. It contains a wealth of information about diabetes, heart disease, and hypertension and their interaction. Advocating a Mediterranean-style diet, and giving ample reasons why it should be adopted, Hiser includes daily diets and recipes for main dishes, snacks, and desserts.  

I was particularly interested in reviewing this book, because my brother has Type 2 Diabetes and my second son was recently misdiagnosed as having it also. I received more information than I anticipated and welcomed it.  

That said, I read the book, made a list, and went shopping for ingredients for the diet. I had many on hand, but the balsamic vinegar used in the basic salad dressing provided a new taste treat. So did the peanut hummus (not one of my favorites). I shared some of the recipes with my brother, who found them tasty if somewhat time consuming to prepare. After reading the book, my brother was amazed at how much it taught him about his particular disease. But he plans to check with his doctor before switching from his present diet to the one advocated in the book -- a good idea for anyone considering a major life style change. 

While not a physician, Hiser, a registered dietitian, boasts an imposing array of credentials and has received many awards in her field. She also documents, with a large bibliography, each of the scientific studies and/or theories that support her findings.

I can't, in good conscience, recommend this diet to people with Type 2 Diabetes -- I don't have the necessary background for that. But I can recommend that anyone seeking a different way of living with Type2 Diabetes explore the options presented by The Other Diabetes with their doctorsnand go from there.  

Patricia White 

Patricia White is the Sapphire Award-winning author of A Wizard Scorned. Her current book, the western The Legend of Lejube Rogue, is available from New Concepts Publishing.

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Reader's Respond:

I just wanted to inform anyone who is a fan of Ms. Hiser's books and her previous work as nutrition editor for Eating Well magazine that she died unexpectedly on August 9.  To those of us who knew her or had worked with her, she truly was an inspiration and a bastion of wisdom and balance.  Donations can be made in her honor to the American Cancer Society or to any Children's Cancer Fund.  Thank you.

Laurel Gillespie

I would like to say that this book has made managing my Type 2 diabetes much easier. The day after I followed one of the meal plans in this book, my blood sugar was normal -- under 120. I have been doing this diet for two weeks and my sugars have remained at 120. They were averaging in the 150-170 range. I have also lost about six pounds in the two and one-half weeks I have been on this diet. I feel full and am eating much smaller portions. My doctors are pleased with the changes!  

I would like to know if Ms. Hiser has en email where I can contact her -- and if she is publishing any more recipes and meal plans.  

Thank you. 

Jeananne Hawking