- 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: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (228 customer reviews)
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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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and give them to others who have diabetes. Unfortunately only 1 person in 20 is willing to work on it. Bernstein is a genius.
Endocrinologists are not being trained with his process. I rarely go low. Never go high. He has normalized my life. My daughter
is 36 and has type 1 and my grandson is 8 and type 1...so I have had plenty of opportunity to try various methods. Esselstyn, a heart surgeon at Cleveland Clinic is the closest diet to Bernsteins I had every used. But instead of an A1c of 6...I CAN achieve a 5.
One morning, at about 4AM, I got up and searched the internet. I went to the website for the insulins I used, and I finally went to Amazon.com. I initially found many of the books I already had. Then I found, The Diabetes Solution. I was interested, but I was skeptical. The customer comments were incouraging, so I ordered the book and when I got it I devoured it. I decided to do it. Within 6 weeks, my A1C went from 9.9 to 6.9. My doctor said "congratulations"!! I was from then on my way. It is now almost 10 years later, I am consistantly at 5.0 A1C, and I have gotten rid of gastropariasis, eye problems, frozen shoulders, inflamed leg, kidney disease, and everything else. I walk two miles a day, and I am 58 years old. I am not near as hungry,and I love my new life. This book can change your life I promise.
Dr. B may be the oldest living (74 yrs old) Type I diabetic; he essentially cured himself of a number of severe diabetic complications (severe kidney disease among others) by experimenting on himself and learning how to keep his blood sugars constantly in the normal range. He believes that diabetics are entitled to the same blood sugars non-diabetics have. This is uncommon in the medical community, most of whom advocate target blood sugars for diabetics that are well above normal - and I guess they think we should just accept these high levels and the complications that flow from them.
Since I discovered Dr. Bernstein, I've read his book and have also been listening to the Teleseminars he gives, for free, once a month, to answer questions people have ([...] - but please, read the book first - people who ask questions answered in the book will not be appreciated). I have learned a phenomenal amount.
Anyway, about the book. It starts w/Dr. Bernstein's personal story, which is amazing but also a good way of introducing the basic approach he has come to and the rationale behind it.
Dr. Bernstein is a huge advocate of exercise for diabetics (especially Type II w/insulin resistance), and he discusses what he considers to be the best type of exercise for improving insulin sensitivity and reversing cardiovascular complications. He himself has a body-fat percentage of seven and (I've seen him in video) has amazing muscle tone for a man of any age, much less a diabetic man in his 70s.
Dr. Bernstein also advocates a very low carbohydrate diet*, and the rationale is sound.
a. For Type IIs, carbs are of course the source of glucose, and eating them forces whatever pancreatic beta cells you have left to wear themselves out producing insulin to cover what you ate. And, more than likely, if you're a Type II, you are insulin resistant which means you need to produce much more insulin than a normal person would to cover your carb intake. So, keeping carbs to a minimun gives your pancreas a break and may let you recover some (but probably not all) of the beta cells you've lost to overwork and glucose-related damage.
b. For Type Is or insulin-dependent Type IIs, trying to accurately estimate how much insulin you need if you are eating a high carbohydrate meal is virtually impossible. Apparently, food manufacturers are allowed to be up to 20% off in their estimates of nutrient content. So, if you think you are eating a 100 g carb meal, you could be eating only 80g, in which case you've taken too much insulin and could have a hypoglycemic reaction, or you could be eating 120g, in which case your blood sugar will be too high.
Because he is committed to the idea that diabetics are entitled to fully normal blood sugars (which he estimates to be 83 plus or minus 2), he readily advocates medications, up to and including insulin, if diet and exercise have not be enough to get blood sugars to normal levels. And again, the rationale is there. Most importantly, by the time you get fasting blood sugars in the pre-diabetic or diabetic range, you've lost a large percentage of your pancreatic beta cell function. [Why docs don't routinely do post-prandial blood sugars and/or Hemoglobin A1C screening is a mystery to me - if they did, many of us would have been in a position to prevent this damage much earlier.] In any case, you can give your pancreas a rest and allow your not-yet-dead beta cells to recover by a) reducing insulin resistance (with Insulin Sensitizing agents) and/or b) providing an external source of insulin (injecting) so that your pancreas doesn't have to do the work.
Dr. B. discusses the various medications available, how they work and why he does or does not use them. He also covers information that is only relevant to people on insulin, but it is very interesting, and the practical details he covers really gives you a sense that this is someone who deals with diabetes and diabetics every day.
I would especially encourage medical professionals to read this book. We desperately need more medical professionals who understand these things. If you are a diabetic or pre-diabetic, read the book (I'd recommend reading it a couple times) and pass it on to your doctor.
Hope this was helpful to someone.
*I have been a huge carb eater all my life, but cutting them out has not been nearly as difficult as I would have imagined. Even if you read this and think "I just couldn't do that," read the book anyway. Then decide.