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Dr. Bernstein's Diabetes Solution: The Complete Guide to Achieving Normal Blood Sugars Hardcover – March 22, 2007

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This book should be in the library of every diabetic patient and especially physicians who treat diabetes. Barry Sears, PhD, author of The ZONE

About the Author

Dr. Bernstein is recognised as one of the foremost experts on Diabetes and his private practice is solely devoted to its treatment. Originally an engineer, he entered medical school aged 45 to learn how to treat and control his own diabetes.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company; Rev Upd edition (March 22, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316167169
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316167161
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1.6 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (193 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #70,324 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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256 of 261 people found the following review helpful By David Spero on January 29, 2004
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Dr. Richard Bernstein probably knows more about managing diabetes than anyone who has ever lived. He has had Type 1 diabetes since age 12. He is now in his late 60's, still works full-time plus, exercises hours every day, and has more energy than most people of any age, with or without diabetes.
At age 35, his body was falling apart due to the ravages of blood sugar. He had signs of kidney disease and eye disease and nerve pain in his legs.
Then he discovered how to normalize his blood sugars through the program in this book. Most of his complications eventually disappeared, and he has had no new complications since. His theory (shared by most diabetes experts) is that the complications are due to high blood sugars. But his solution (keeping your blood sugars in the normal range 24 hours a day) is rejected by most doctors, who believe it is too difficult for most people.
The three keys to his program are: A very-low carbohydrate diet - This is the most important part and will probably be helpful even without the other parts. Bernstein prescribes NO sugars, grains, fruits, milk, or starchy vegetables (fast-acting carbs.) He does recommend relatively small amounts of green vegetables and other slow-acting carbs, because of their vitamins and other nutrients. This is not an Atkins-style, no-carb diet.
Frequent blood sugar monitoring to develop your "blood glucose profile." You need to learn exactly how different foods affect your sugars, and how sugars change overnight and with exercise. By checking his blood sugars after each food he ate, Bernstein discovered how carbs raised his blood sugar faster than his injected insulin could catch up. He has you check your blood sugar many times a day.
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294 of 305 people found the following review helpful By RB on August 24, 2003
Format: Hardcover
Amazon delivered my copy of "Dr. Bernstein's Diabetes Solution (Revised &
Updated) The Complete Guide to Achieving Normal Blood Sugars" and I've had a
couple of days to digest the contents. This isn't a review, per se, but a
few points on some interesting parts of the book.
First off, the foundation of the book is that having "normal blood sugars"
will eliminate 100% of the complications of diabetes. Extrapolating from
the results of the NDDT, Bernstein asserts that diabetics must keep their
blood glucose levels between 80-100mg/dl ALL OF THE TIME.
Specifically, knowing that non-diabetics will very rarely have blood glucose
excursions are outside 80 to 100mg/dl, Bernstein's targets are 85mg/dl for
non-insulin dependent diabetics and 90 mg/dl for insulin dependent
diabetics. To achieve this target, Bernstein recommends a low-carbohydrate
diet combined with insulin-sensitizing and mimetics agents and/or insulin.
The book starts off with the requisite "Bernstein has worked for me"
profiles and has an interesting account of Bernstein's life, including his
early attempts at blood glucose monitoring (he is believed by many to have
invented the concept of using blood glucose testing for diabetic blood
glucose control) and his decision to attend medical school so that he might
be able to get his findings published.
Bernstein believes that sensitizers & mimetics such as metformin, Avandia &
Actos are the best choices for lowing blood glucose because they increase
the body's ability to use insulin without making the pancreas produce extra
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171 of 175 people found the following review helpful By Manny Hernandez HALL OF FAME on June 2, 2005
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One of the things you learn with Dr. Bernstein's book is that excessive eating (even when you don't overeat carbs, but other food types) leads to high sugars, due to the so-called "Chinese Restaurant Effect". Well, if you were to devour this hefty book (like you will, once you get your hands on it) you will not see your blood sugar rise. If you are a diabetic (type I or II), you will find in Dr. Bernstein's book a wealth of information that will answer the questions you've ALWAYS had, and even those that you didn't know you had, about diabetes and how to keep your blood sugars in control.

His approach is very unconventional (coming from a diabetic childhood, being an engineer first and a doctor later in life). But you will be fascinated with the amount of "Eureka!" moments throughout the book. I was unable to put it down from the moment I picked it up, and I am grateful to him for having taken the time to share so much wisdom from his years as a practitioner and from his many, many years as a diabetic and experimenter. His lessons are not easy to follow, but they are the way for those who want to live a long and healthy life with diabetes.

I leave you with a thought. If you knew what you need to do to prolong your life and live it in a healthy manner, in spite of what you've been told about typical lifespans in diabetics and all the ailments we seem to be bound to suffer later in life, wouldn't you do it? I would. And I hope you do too. So I recommend you take the time to read what Dr. Berstein has to say to you.
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