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Reversing Diabetes Mass Market Paperback – November 1, 2009

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Physician Whitaker (Reversing Heart Disease offers some sound advice that is, unfortunately, shrouded by specious assertions, such as his belief that diabetes is a reversible condition and not a chronic disease. He promotes a sensible low-fat, high-carbohydrate and high-fiber diet (recipes included) and an exercise program, but his claims that diet and exercise will help "hundreds of thousands, perhaps even millions, of diabetics in this country to become drug free" should be taken with more than a grain of salt. As he admits in the book, persons with Type 1 diabeteswhose diabetes emerged because of a lack of insulin in the body rather than the inability of the body to use it effectively"will almost always require insulin injections," although the amount may be reduced by following his regimen. He cautions readers to use this program under a doctor's care but repetitiously attacks his colleagues for their ignorance of nutrition and readiness to prescribe medications, and dredges up George Washington's unnecessary death by bleeding therapy at the hands of a doctor. He attributes eye damage to aggressive insulin treatment, which should also cause a stir in the medical community. Illustrations not seen by PW.
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Insulin has been the treatment of choice for most diabetics since it was first administered to humans in the 1920s. Most physicians offer diet and exercise programs to their diabetic patients only as an afterthought, and the traditional diabetic diet, which restricts carbohydrates, may actually promote the disease in susceptible individuals. Dr. Whitaker, founder of the Whitaker Wellness Institute, outlines a low fat, low protein diet designed to increase sensitivity to insulin. Combined with regular exerise, it will reduce the need for therapeutic insulin or other diabetic drugs. Well referenced, the book includes recipes, daily menus, shopping lists, and nutrient charts and appears to be a sensible if uninspired dietary regimen. Karen McNally Bensing, Metro General Hospital Lib., Cleveland
Copyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Grand Central Life & Style; 1 Rev Upd edition (November 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446556114
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446556118
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (123 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #884,455 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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By A Customer on February 8, 1999
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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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By A Customer on April 26, 2000
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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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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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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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