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Sugar Nation: The Hidden Truth Behind America's Deadliest Habit and the Simple Way to Beat It Hardcover – July 19, 2011
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About the Author
Jeff O'Connell is editorial director and publisher at Bodybuilding.com, part of Liberty Media Corporation. He was formerly editor-in-chief at Muscle & Fitness and executive writer at Men's Health, where he remains a contributing editor. His feature writing has been cited in both the Best American Sports Writing and Best American Science and Nature Writing anthologies. He has coauthored four books, including Mario Lopez's Knockout Fitness and LL Cool J's Platinum Workout, which became a New York Times bestseller.
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Incredibly, much of the advice offered people with pre-diabetes or diabetes makes the situation WORSE, from the bad advice on diet, medications that add to the problem, and neglect of simple lifestyle practices. O'Connell makes the case that diabetes is controllable, even curable, in a great many of the people who thought they were resigned to a lifestyle of drugs, complications, and early deaths.
I, too, have lived the story that the author describes, having clawed my way back from being a diabetic 20 years ago, now completely diabetes-free---no drugs in sight. As a practicing cardiologist, I've actually gotten angry calls from colleagues who were upset that I had instructed patients to stop their medications and insulin and REVERSED their diabetes--patients CURED with normal HbA1c and blood sugar, yet my colleagues could not grasp the concept of cure.
The author brings a compelling, thoughtful, and impassioned discussion that needs to be broadcasted wider and louder. It's an excellent read with the message told at street level language with real people and real situations.
Yes, like other reviewers, I had found the title to be a bit misleading. It should have perhaps been called "Carb Wars", as instead of educating and pointing out the differences between the quality of different carbs like spinach vs white rice, it basically throws them all in one bucket and labels carbs as "bad" to be avoided foods. I thought it would have been nice to emphasize the dangers of refined or processed carbs and sugars, rather than making brown rice and fruits seem like horrible ideas that need to be avoided and in turn substituted for butter or bacon.
The best parts of this book are Jeff's style of writing and research on what is happening on the system front. He did a lot of hard work no doubt and his exposing the medical and health systems and agencies is brilliant, which will hopefully inspire each person to take more accountability for their own health.
Overall, I think that the book exemplifies what happens when someone eats a junk-food based diet, to be awoken by some disease, and then swings all the way to the other extreme of counting and watching every calorie and nutrient number of their food....which to me is not a natural way to live. There are more sustainable options for diabetics like the work of Dr. Gabriel Cousens.
1. A huge percent of Americans are diabetics.
2. Many don't know it.
3. Most doctors give their patients little or no help managing their diabetes except for drugs.
4. The dietary recommendations for diabetics are all wrong.
5. What's the right diet? The author hints at it but I never found where he tells you straight up. Perhaps it's later in the book and by then I had given up and was skimming and "missed" it.
While I actually do agree with most of the points this author makes, I simply found his presentation to be unbearably repetitive.
I had just finished reading "Sugar Blues", a book I simply couldn't put down until it was done, and I wanted more information about sugar and it's effects on people. "Sugar Blues" was written in the 70's and I wanted something more modern. Well, this is more modern but it is VERY narrow in it's focus. I am interested in sugar and all of it's effects, not just diabetes.
So if you want more info on diabetes and it's mismanagement in America, plus many sad tales, this is the book for you. If you want to know more about sugar's impact on health and what to do about it, keep looking.