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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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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.
I like this book even though Jeff's emphasis on exercise is somewhat of a departure from my approach which focusses mainly on carbohydrate reduction. Having said that, I find his accounts of the benefits of exercise and, especially high intensity interval training (HIIT), compelling enough that I have added that to my usual exercise routine.
Like Gary Taubes', "Good Calories Bad Calories" and "Why We Get Fat", the new Atkins book by Westman, Phinney and Volek, and the just-published, "The Art and Science of Low-Carbohydrate Living" by Volek and Phinney, Jeff's book is now on the must read list for scientists, physicians and affected individuals.
For anyone who is interested in understanding the biggest health challenge the world is currently facing, this global epidemic of diet-related chronic disease, and who is seeking a sensible, effective way out of this self-inflicted disaster, I highly recommend this book.
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This is probably a great book about diabetes, but the title led me to believe it was a book about sugar, which it is not. Read morePublished 16 days ago by Kim Hill
This is a great book. I recommend it for anyone who is interested in healthy eating. Especially if you like sweet stuff. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Chuck
When I purchased this book, I really didn't expect the focus to be so heavily on diabetes. I guess I had expected more discussion of other heath concerns caused by sugar... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Corianne R.
I learned so much concerning insulin resistance, diabetes, what is actually sugar, and smart food choices by reading this book. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Gina
If you want to stay healthy, rid your diabetes from yourself, please follow the advice in this book. I am going low carb and high fat.Published 8 months ago by Albert Wong