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Recent scientific news supports a plant-based diet is the ideal diet for those with type-2 diabetes.The authors present a program of basic lifestyle changes that can vastly improve or, in some cases, completely restore the health of those who suffer from Type 2 diabetes. Type 2 diabetes is not the result of a lack of insulin, but the product of diet and lifestyle choices that cause the body to become resistant to insulin. Readers will learn to take control of their blood sugar levels, find out which carbohydrates and dietary fats are actually good for you, and find out how to achieve and maintain a healthy body weight. Includes a daily self-care checklist for physical and emotional wellness, and 50 recipes using simple, whole foods that are conducive to defeating diabetes.

About the Author

Brenda Davis is past chair of the Vegetarian Nutrition Dietetic Practice Group of the American Dietetic Association. She is currently in the Marshall Islands conducting a diabetes study. Brena is co-author with Vesanto Melina of Becoming Vegetarian and Becoming Vegan.

Tom Barnard, MD, specializes in disease risk assessment and management. He is adjunct Professor of Human Biology and Nutritional Sciences at the University of Guelph, and clinical adjunct Professor of Family Medicine at the University of Western Ontario.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Healthy Living Publications (February 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1570671397
  • ISBN-13: 978-1570671395
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #616,059 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book gives comprehensive dietary and nutrition information to empower readers. Because diet and lifestyle factors are the primary causes of Type 2 diabetes, most Type 2's can control their diabetes completely. This is good news because the health problems that can occur as a result of untreated diabetes include blindness, early heart disease, and amputation of body parts. With over half of those with Type 2 not knowing they have it, following the suggestions in the book makes sense whether you have diabetes or not.
The authors explain ways to catch diabetes and pre-diabetes (the precursor to diabetes). They explain insulin resistance and point out that although being overweight puts one at high risk for diabetes, one can be thin and have insulin problems due to "metabolic obesity," which is explained further in the book.
Blood-sugar levels and factors affecting them are clearly explained. The myth that simple sugars are bad and complex carbohydrates are not is dispelled. "This is not only a gross oversimplification; it is inaccurate. Simple carbohydrates are found in highly refined, nutrient-depleted foods like table sugar, but they are also found in highly nutritious whole foods like fruits and vegetables. Complex carbohydrates are found in heavily processed foods like white bread and pastries, but are also present in nutrient-dense foods such as wheat berries and beans."
Knowing glycemic indexes is important, but understanding how other foods affect blood-sugar control (like fats) is also important.
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If you are new to the plant-based diet theories, this book is a must-read. If you are already familiar with them, the book might be a bit repetitive. I ordered the book to try and get some new ideas on controllling my husband's diabetes. He started out as "insulin-resistant" several years ago, and after several years of following the American Diabetes Association diet recommendations as prescribed by our family physician, he had developed gout and the doctor was recommending daily insulin injections. Three weeks after trying this plan, his glucose levels were almost normal and the gout was gone. Some additional research in medical journals showed me that his response to the conventional wisdom of diabetes was completely normal--we're so grateful that we are off that rollercoaster!Thanks, Dr. Barnard!
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was not what I was expecting - all over the place and confusing. There are better books available if you are looking for straight fwd information. There were plans to follow and charts but it the basic applied self help type of process. I would recommend blood sugar 101 if you are looking to educate yourself
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Very well compiled information. Clearly written. Put into terms the average person can make sense of. Kindle for Mac version does not have page numbers, else it would get 5 stars.
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Most of the book reasonably covers the disease and associated problems. The problem is that the authors advocate the mostly carbohydrate diet which may not work well if you have Type II diabetes with obesity and insulin resistance. If you have Type II diabetes and you are obese, you most likely have "thrifty genes" so large amounts of carbohydrates do not make any sense to me to either control blood glucose or loose weight. If you have the apple shape you may want to consider other dietary options. I suggest that you use your meter or at least your HB1AC readings to determine what is right for you. If carbs make you numbers go high, then carbs may not be for you.
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Easy to digest with great results for diabetics.
A book worth buying and a lifestyle worth trying.
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Gives good knowledge of diet and disease. Unfortunately leaves you wanting a rd to plan your meals
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I had a hard time understanding how to deal with my newly diagnosed type II diabetis until I read this book. Ever since I know how to maintain a healthy glucose level every day. I also recommend that you read about the glycemic index.
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