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140 of 140 people found the following review helpful
on September 6, 2001
I am surprised to read the negative reviews of this book. My husband weighed over 300 pounds when he was diagnosed with Type II Diabetes; his A1C count was 8.7 (about a year ago). Shortly after that, we bought this book and he has followed the plan outlined in it since. He now weighs 211, his A1C is 5.6, he has more energy than he's had in years and feels great. His fasting blood sugar has gone from 131 to 88, cholesterol from 227 to 163, triglycerides from 224 to 103. Anyone following the book's advice can see the effect on their blood sugar by their various test results, and as for the recipes being too much to make for a single person, making the whole recipe and freezing the surplus portions for another day's meals is an easy solution. We have known others with Type II Diabetes who did not follow a program like that outlined in this book and the impact the disease had on their bodies was frightening. This book can truly be a life-saver.
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162 of 166 people found the following review helpful
on March 31, 2004
I found alot of the facts in this book very informative and interesting, especially the part about how the presence of insulin prevents the release of fat mobilizing(weight loss) hormones. I was determined after reading a good part of the book to start eating lots of low glycemic carbs and stop eating a high protein and fat and low carb diet. Well, I soon found myself starving with high blood sugars. (I started out high.) I found my blood sugar didn't take a negative slope unless I restricted my caloric intake to 1300 calories. (For an active 6'2" guy that's starving.) I then read Syndrome X by Burkeson and it balanced and helped me better understand the facts in this book. This book is great for understanding how you became and stayed overweight, and the ins and outs of insulin resistance and diabetes. This is definitely a must read, just balance it with other literature.
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228 of 240 people found the following review helpful
on June 27, 2000
I was diagnosed with diabetes and was prescribed Glucophage starting at 500mg, then it went to 1000mg by the time I read the book the doctor wanted me to take 2000mg. Well, I read the book and let me tell you, my glucose level is totally normal today. My problem was high fat and protein diet without exercise. I picked up a recum bike started exercising and also started a diet of high fiber and low fat as recommended in the book. A month later my fasting glucose levels where consistently below the 126 considered to be normal. The scientific evidence presented and "the back pains I was suffering with the Glucophage" convinced me to make a lifestyle change. I am now medicine free and pain free. I find that I have more energy than the people around me. I lead a more active, enjoyable life thanks to this book. I strongly recommended this book for any person who has been recently diagnosed with non-insulin dependent type 2 diabetes.
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86 of 90 people found the following review helpful
on April 26, 2000
The author is a doctor, and provides an eye-opening perspective of how the medical profession traditionally treates Type 2 diabetics as well as providing a real alternative to that approach. I ordered this book right after my husband was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes - we were devastated - he was put on micronase and a blood pressure-lowering med. After reading this book, and Elizabeth Hiser's "Other Diabetes", we changed to a very high fiber diet, low in fat, and started a regular exercise program, he also started taking the nutritional supplements recommended - well, 8 months later, he's been officially discharged from the diabetes clinic! (He was off the meds after just one month.) PLEASE, PLEASE READ THIS BOOK!
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62 of 64 people found the following review helpful
on February 8, 1999
After being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, my doctor immediatley put me on oral medication, even PRIOR to seeing a diabetic specialist!. Was I given expanations ? NO! was I offered other alternatives? NO! My wife began to dig into this disease and began to notice that by weight control and diet, diabetes can be controlled. It was refreshing to read this book to confirm our beliefs. We now eat well and excercise, my diabetes in getting in control! NO Medication! Yes eating well and excercise are hard work, but I feel my Wife and Children are worth the improved health !!
Best luck to all !! Don't give up !!
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65 of 68 people found the following review helpful
on May 5, 2004
I was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes in December 2003 with a fasting blood glucose of 220. By following much of the advice in this book, my fasting blood glucose now averages around 80. In April 2004, my lab results showed a fasting blood glucose of 82 and a glycated hemoglobin of 5.8 percent. Exercise is very important. I lift weights and walk on a treadmill. I generally eat a low glycemic diet, and I take lots of supplements. The most important supplements for me are alpha lipoic acid, vanadyl sulfate, vitamin B complex, vitamin C, magnesium citrate, gymnema sylvestre, and the Chromate form of chromium. I recommend this book to everyone who has Type 2 diabetes.
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54 of 56 people found the following review helpful
TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICEon February 25, 2006
I was diagnosed with Diabetes just a few months ago. I told the Dr. I will not take his pills, thank you! I Purchased this book How to Reverse Diabetes and I am on my way. I test my suger, per my Dr., twice a day and it has dramatically dropped within the first month. Now all my testings are in the normal range established by the lab.

You must try this method before you start on drugs that you may never go off of. This author has a book about Reversing Hypertension that has allowed me to go off my dreaded water pill and cut all my meds in half. My goal is to be completely off all meds and with this authors help I will succeed.
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40 of 41 people found the following review helpful
on May 25, 1999
Frustrated by directives of an Endocrinologist, that is tight control on injections, I knew there had to be more. In searching for answers it seemed I was to do as told and not rock the boat. After reading Dr. Whittaker's book, I felt more in control. What I liked best was he explained issues, what to look for and how to monitor results. If you are dealing with diabetes you need to read this book. It is proactive and written with the non medical person in mind. Prevention is the key.
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105 of 116 people found the following review helpful
on March 5, 2002
In this book Dr. Julian Whitaker makes recommendations for the diabetic who wants to try to lessen his/her complications and get off or reduce medication. He starts off by explaining what diabetes is and its complications. He then discusses commonly used drugs and why he feels they are less than desirable solutions.
Instead of drugs Whitaker recommends a diet high in carbs which don't affect blood sugar that much, moderate protein, low in fat (with emphasis on "good" fats), and high in fiber. He also advocates exercise and lots of nutritional supplements.
I bought this book for my husband's health. He's a newly diagnosed diabetic. I can't say whether or not it works since he already was eating the way the book recommends for the most part, and he already exercised, too. And we haven't started supplements yet. However, I can say that I have read quite a few books lately on nutrition and heart disease, and the most of the literature agrees with Dr. Whitaker. I have also heard that the glycemic index system which is advocated in this book is widely used in Europe for weight control.
There are a couple of flaws which prevented me from giving the book 5 stars. The first is that Whitaker recommends some therapies which I have heard are controversial. For example, chelation therapy is recommended. I have heard elsewhere that while chelation is good for removing heavy metals from your system, there is no proof that it is good for other medical conditions. The therapies which I considered questionable were a very minor part of the book. The second flaw is that the book is very lightly sprinkled with commercialism trying to get you to go to Whitaker's Wellness Institute, his private clinic/medical resort or use some of his formulated products. Kind of a like an infomercial. Although this happened very little, it just started getting to me.
If I had to guess I would say that most diabetics would benefit from the diet, supplementation, and exercise guidelines in this book (Check with your doctor first, of course!). Use your common sense, however, and don't give the stamp of approval to everything Whitaker recommends. Research it and decide, fully informed.
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45 of 47 people found the following review helpful
on March 24, 1998
Soon after receiving a diagnosis of type 2 diabetes, a friend gave us a copy of the 1984 edition of this book. Sticking pretty close to its shopping lists and daily menu plans I went from 249 to 203 lbs in two months. My diabetes is entirely under diet control; no insulin or other medication has been needed.
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