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Favorably Reviewed

The African American Guide To Living Well With Diabetes received the Favorably Reviewed designation from the American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE). The designation of Favorably Reviewed by AADE assures health professionals that the educational content of the book has been carefully evaluated by representatives of a variety of health professions based on guidelines set by AADE.

This comprehensive guide includes:

  • What you can’t eat–and what you can.
  • Carbohydrate counting guidelines with a two-week menu plan.
  • Weight loss guidelines.
  • Dozens of mouthwatering Caribbean and soul food recipes.
  • The latest medical treatments for diabetes-medications, insulin therapies, blood
    glucose monitors-plus the pros and cons of supplements, herbs, and alternative



Connie Brown-Riggs’s…culturally appropriate messages are an extraordinary benefit to African-Americans, particularly women, who are often not fully aware of the lifestyle changes they can and should make to prevent diabetes and improve their health and that of their families.

– Wendy C. Brawley, publisher and CEO, IMARA Woman magazine

This book provides cutting-edge information on diet, exercise, and medication, synthesized with other aspects of diabetes care –including spirituality –providing a total lifestyle wellness plan. I support this book with high enthusiasm.

– Wahida Karmally, DrPH, RD, CDE, associate research scientist director of nutrition,

Irving Institute of Clinical and Translational Research, Columbia University

This book is a valuable resource for African Americans with diabetes, and for their family members and friends, whose increased understanding of diabetes will help to increase their support of those affected.

– Norma J. Goodwin, MD, founder, president and CEO, Health Power for Minorities (Health Power),

and editor-in-chief,

More than 4 million African–Americans have diabetes; thousands more have pre-diabetes or are at risk for the condition. But in 21 years as a registered dietitian and certified diabetes educator, Constance Brown-Riggs found few books that even vaguely addressed the unique health concerns of this population.