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Type 2 Diabetes The Owner's Manual Paperback – January 12, 2016
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"Simply stated, no community library Health & Medicine reference collection should be without a copy of 'Type 2 Diabetes The Owner's Manual' available for their patrons, and everyone with Type 2 Diabetes needs to have 'Type 2 Diabetes The Owner's Manual' as part of their personal reading list."
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"We have an epidemic of Type 2 Diabetes in the USA today, primarily as a result of our dietary habits. Follow the excellent guidelines contained in Type 2 Diabetes The Owner's Manual and you will significantly improve your overall health."
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"Daryl Wein has written the new hallmark for understanding and treating Type 2 Diabetes. This book belongs on the shelves of everyone concerned about a new diagnosis of Type 2 Diabetes, and for that matter, on the reading list of everyone concerned about health now and in the future."
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About the Author
Daryl Wein is a family practice Physician Assistant who both treats diabetics and has type 2 diabetes, himself. He graduated from U.C. Davis School of Medicine in 1999 after working for twenty years as a clinical laboratory scientist. Wein's own experience having type 2 diabetes helped motivate him to write a guidebook meant to help people manage the disease. He learned from a mentor that, while it can cause serious health problems, there are simple steps people can take to control the disease. Wein is also a licensed commercial pilot and flight instructor.
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I have one major risk factor for getting it: a significant number of close relatives, including a sibling, has this disease. I am certain I passed that risk factor on to my son. In fact, it was this son, in early middle-age, who first drew our attention to the possible concerns with a high-carbohydrate diet. He was struggling with a serious weight problem and had read books this author, Daryl Wein, lists in his “Recommendations for Further Reading” section. Our son had tried diets that made him hungry and miserable. His discovery of the carbohydrate connection to weight gain helped him turn the corner, and he has managed his weight successfully for five years as a consequence.
The books suggested for further reading, while very good, require a much greater time commitment than this book, so this is the book I use to help family members and friends understand the relationship between carbs , weight gain, and Type 2 diabetes. It’s a great place to start studying this important topic. We think the reduction of carbs in our son’s diet undoubtedly saved him from the Type 2 diabetes misery which is his genetic birthright.
Our son’s dietary changes triggered a big change in his parent’s diet. We were so impressed with his success that we set out to reduce or eliminate many major sources of carbs from our diet: breakfast cereals, breads, potatoes, rice, and chips primarily. We replaced these items with more protein and vegetables. It was a pretty daunting change primarily because we had believed for so long that our abundant carbohydrate diet was actually healthier than a diet packed with protein-rich foods. After making the changes in our grocery purchases, both my husband and I lost weight easily and have felt far fewer hunger pangs during the day, and therefore do not need to reach for candy or sugary-drink “fixes” to keep us going until lunch or dinner.
We know this author was not writing with us primarily in mind, but we certainly feel grateful for the easy-to-understand narrative portion of the book. The Appendices showing the number of carbs in familiar foods is very handy as we plan our meals with a focus on lowering carbs as good preventative medicine. I applaud Wein for taking the time and effort to make this topic, which is very personal to him, understandable to the rest of us. I highly recommend this book—whether or not you have Type 2 diabetes.
That said, Wein is, in my opinion, overly focused on the mantra of NO CARBOHYDRATES. He goes on and on with it, almost every other page. He wants you to consume ZERO carbs, and yet half of the material are lists of carb-producing foods. He did not go into the importance of fiber in the diet, nor did he cover the pitfalls of such a diet (like the resulting high cholesterol from eating huge amounts of meat and cheese) and gout (again from the huge consumption of meat and cheese). The only good thing that I found in the book (taking up half of the volume) were the two lists of carbohydrate foods - listed by food group and alphabetically - showing how many carbs were in each one from high to low. Those lists are invaluable, a true resource for someone just being diagnosed with the condition.
Truly a book that every person needs to read if they ever hear their doctor utter the words "You have pre-diabetes".