Despite what you read in the media, not everyone who develops adult-onset diabetes is overweight, or obese, or sedentary, or hooked on junk food or fizzy drinks. Some people just inherit dodgy genes and no amount of 'lifestyle' adjustment seems to help. So far I've managed to avoid developing diabetes, though the numbers seem to get a little worse each year and I doubt I'll keep it at bay forever. On the plus side, the data collection has been interesting and useful. I know that my pancreas has opinions. It doesn't appreciate bread (any type), rice (even basmati) or pasta, and disapproves of fruit (whether fresh or dried, tropical or temperate). Vegetables and proteins, unsurprisingly, get a big thumbs-up, and happily so do small amounts of red wine and dark chocolate.
Anyway, all this is by way of explaining why I'm about to recommend a book called Blood Sugar. The book is written by a chef who has diabetes, and who also survived a major stroke. To quote from the blurb:
Michael Moore was busy running his restaurant, cooking on television, climbing the ranks of top chefs in the world and travelling the globe. He was already living with diabetes and for a top chef surrounded by great food, he faced the daily challenge of healthy eating. Then, one day out of the blue, he suffered a major stroke while he was out to dinner with his family, an event that changed his life and his outlook on food, forever. (More info at Michael Moore's web site.)