- Hardcover: 320 pages
- Publisher: Hachette Books; 6/19/11 edition (July 19, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1401323448
- ISBN-13: 978-1401323448
- Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1 x 9.5 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (97 customer reviews)
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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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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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O'Connell spends the majority of the book "surprised" by all the medical institutions and professional who don't advocate/understand the nutritional approach to diabetes management and prevention. I think it's gets pretty redundant.
He spends the rest of the time talking about his personal dietary approach and advice (which is probably valuable for a dietetic) and his experience with reactive hypoglycemia (which might not be of interest to many diabetics). Overall, I would only recommend this book to a diabetic (which I am not) and even then I might hesitate.
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.
into the problems with the way most people eat. But, most importantly, it's the most comprehensive
review on the rising incidence of a frightening disease, Diabetes.
The information and research that went into this book is amazing. The author is clearly passionate about
this very important topic and with good reason. This is a disease that could sneak up on any of us if we
don't live the lifestyle we should. Diabetes is a devastating, life threatening disease. You'll learn things you
probably had no idea about and gain an incredible perspective into this disease.
The good thing is that for Type II diabetics, the most powerful means to change the course is
by making the right lifestyle changes (nutrition and exercise, which are supported by overwhelming research in
The number of diabetics and pre-diabetics is rising at an alarming rate. This book has the power to prevent
and potentially reverse the disease process in many people.
I think this book was superbly written! The story, the research, the passion.
This book truly belongs in the hands of countless people who desperately need the proper education, before
it's too late.
I easily put this book in the top 5 health books I've ever read.
If you're are reading this review and are considering this book, get it.
You won't be disappointed. I do want to say, it's a "heavy" read. What I mean by that is this book has a great
deal of information to absorb. It's very comprehensive. You'll want to take your time in reading through it to
appreciate and understand the information.
It's a very powerful book and I hope it finds it's way into the hands of the people who want to take control of their
health and prevent this terrible disease. You'll understand why Diabetes is just the "tip of the iceberg" in disease.
Much thanks to the author for sharing his personal story and for the exhaustive research and hard work that made
this book possible.
One of the most powerful books I've ever read...