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Dr. Bernstein's Diabetes Solution: The Complete Guide to Achieving Normal Blood Sugars

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Originally published in 1997, DR. BERNSTEIN'S DIABETES SOLUTION is a unique resource that covers both adult- and childhood-onset diabetes, explains step-by-step how to normalize blood sugar levels and prevent or reverse complications, and offers detailed guidelines for establishing a treatment plan. Readers will find fifty gourmet recipes, in addition to a comprehensive di ...more
Hardcover, 560 pages
Published November 1st 2011 by Little, Brown Spark (first published 1997)
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Kim This book is about so much more than eating low carb. I thought I knew everything about diabetes after two decades, and this book made me realize I…moreThis book is about so much more than eating low carb. I thought I knew everything about diabetes after two decades, and this book made me realize I didn't know anything!!

Dr. B's mantra is "Diabetics deserve normal blood sugars."

If you're LC but your A1c is over 5%, this book can teach you A LOT.(less)

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Mar 19, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book, honestly, has saved our lives (physically and emotionally). I should wear a sign around my neck, everywhere I go, that states: "Diabetic? Ask Me about..."

My husband was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes about 15 years ago. It had been steadily advancing along with all the insidious side effects. His diet strictly followed his doctor's advise but his diabetes was spiraling out of control.

This book explains all the physiology involved, takes the blame off the "lazy diabetics who can't co
Apr 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book changed my life. I've had Type 1 diabetes for 48 years and managed it well, but not until I read this book did I understand in depth the interplay of insulin, food, exercise, and. of course, the associated sequelae. I also learned, perhaps most importantly, that blood sugars kept within normal range can result in diminished or even reversed sequelae. That was a eureka moment for me: I'd always thought that diabetes-related decay of every organ in the body (barring hair follicles; they' ...more
Giuseppe Maxia
Oct 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This book is a must read for everyone with diabetes, suspect diabetes, or even for someone who is simply overweight.
What Dr. Bernstein reveals, with plenty pf detail and provable facts, is the close relationship with blood sugar disorder and weight gain. Not only that. He gets the record straight about what it is that makes us fat, and why diabetes kills so many.
That alone would be a reason to read this book, but he goes beyond it, and explains how anyone with diabetes can have a normal life, w
Kevin O'Brien
Feb 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: healthcare
This book is a life-changing book for me. I have been a Type 2 diabetic for a little over 10 years, and never quite got my blood sugars as low as my doctor would like. I tried following the recommended diets, but while the results were not awful, it was a constant struggle. Meanwhile, my medication doses were slowly rising, and my doctor started suggesting that maybe we would need to move to insulin injections. But since starting this book and understanding what Dr. Bernstein is saying, my blood ...more
Stephen Visio
Sep 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is a life saver. Give it to anyone you know who is diabetic. I am a type II and after reading this book I lost 50 pounds, was taken off insulin and three of four medications, and am controlling my diabetes through diet and exercise. It's all about dietary sugar. The ADA teaches that sugar is sugar, Dr Bernstein shows otherwise. Limiting certain dietary sugars lowers your blood sugar and removes all the symptoms of high blood sugars. Diabetes could be viewed as a person's reaction to di ...more
Iona  Stewart
Jul 22, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is an extremely useful, detailed book that presents a low-carbohydrate diet that will keep your blood sugars down to normal levels.

Dr. Bernstein has himself suffered from diabetes from the age of 12, and he describes how his health deteriorated due to lack of proper treatment, until he suffered from several dangerous complications resulting from the disorder. He had to find out how to normalize his blood sugars himself, and this he did. This normalization resulted in his getting rid of most
Dr. Bernstein is in his 70s (as of 2007 when this book was published) and has been a type-1 diabetic for much of his life. He has found that the best way to control diabetes and its deleterious effects is to keep one’s blood sugar at an even keel and prevent spikes and drops that can wreak havoc on body tissues, organs, and systems (what eventually come to be called ‘diabetic complications’). He hopes to reach outside the physical scope of his practice with this book to others who can benefit fr ...more
Audrey L
Apr 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Are you on the road to diabetes? A simple way to know you have this problem is if you have excess body fat around your waist. That means your insulin levels are out of control. Insulin is the fat storage hormone. Diabetes is a disease in which a person has high blood sugar, either because the body does not produce enough insulin, or because cells do not respond to the insulin that is produced.

After reading this book I went and bought a blood sugar monitor. I started testing my blood sugar five t
Mark Whitcombe
Feb 18, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book has led me to a change in my food intake and approach to managing my Type 2 insulin-resistant diabetes. Though I’ve not gone as low-carb as Bernstein promotes (i.e., 30 gm per day), I’ve cut way back to perhaps 60+ gm per day — and the lower I go, the better my blood sugar numbers are. I’m seeking to minimize blood sugar surges after meals, as well as to keep my overall blood sugar levels (A1C) as near ‘normal’ as possible. I’m seeking to do this in concert with training to walk a mara ...more
Jay Kauffman
Nov 09, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: all diabetics
Nobody does it like Dr. Bernstein, the guy who made testing your blood sugar fashionable and conceivable.
He's hardheaded, one track minded and impeccable, and if you follow everything in this book, it is actually possible to achieve normal blood sugars. This doesn't mean you should listen to everything he says; for instance, he doesn't believe in most vitamin supplementation (consult Ray Kurzweill on that question) and more than that, he's an extremist-- the ultimate Blood Sugar Perfectionist, w
Jan 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
In the interest of full disclosure, I received a free copy of this book through GoodReads.

Dr. Bernstein's book is an absolute God-send. As a non-diabetic caring for a family member with diabetes, a proper education is difficult to obtain. Dr. Bernstein explains the changes the body goes through, differing methods of treatment, easy solutions for potentially serious problems, handling sugar fluctuations, and even provides menus and recipes!

Having read a good number of books on the subject in my
Петър Стойков
May 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
Преди време в кабинета на личната ми лекарка загледах един плакат, който обясняваше на диабетиците как да смятат единиците инсулин, които да си инжектират, според "хлебните единици" въглехидрати, които изяждат.

Стана ми любопитно и питах докторката дали правилно съм сметнал, че ако съм един диабетик и изям днес 300 г. въглехидрати, трябва да си инжектирам 30 единици инсулин (примерно, не помня точните пропорции на плаката). Тя каза да точно така. Тогава, питах аз, значи ако изям 100 г. въглехидр
Oct 16, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'll start with this incredible quote on page 33: “studies predict that 95% of Americans born today will develop diabetes.” Dr Bernstein didn't provide a source for that amazing percentage, but if you're reading this, chances are overwhelming that you or your kids, parents, siblings, friends, and neighbors will develop diabetes—or maybe all of you! This percentage is higher than the estimated population affected in medieval Europe during it's several plague outbreaks. It's even higher than the e ...more
Oct 25, 2011 rated it really liked it
This book is almost exactly what I wanted. I have Pre-diabetes and having been inching to diabetes since my late twenties. I have been struggling to understand how much carbohydrates I should limit myself to and also what those carbohydrates are. Since I have never reached diabetes in my blood sugar readings, I never was qualified for the free diabetes training offered at hospitals. Also, I couldn't afford to pay for it.

Dr. Richard K. Bernstein boils everything down in simple and not confusing l
Feb 01, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: health, library, 2011
Some of this book makes complete sense: carbohydrate raises blood sugar so eating less of it will raise blood sugars to a lesser extent. Other parts are just totally impractical: eat a total of 30g of carb a day, but basically only from a very limited number of vegetables - no fruit, grain products, milk, etc. Just protein, fat and a few vegetables. I have no idea how anyone could stick to this diet and lead a normal active life. In fact I think it is more restrictive than the diet I was recomme ...more
Nov 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: People with diabetics
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***This was a first read contest win!***

I received this as a free book to read and review from the publisher. This book was very interesting. I will admit that I personally do not have diabetes but I have a dear friend that suffers along with her mother. They each have read this book after I finished it and stated that it was wonderful. My friend stated that her and her mother are going to the solution's offered in the book. They even stated they spoke with Dr Bernstein they his mo
Feb 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
Even though I am not diabetic, it runs in my family. I'd heard good things about this book and was not disappointed. The author is a diabetic himself and was originally an engineer but went back to medical school when he became frustrated by the poor advice the medical community was giving him at the time - allowing wide swings in blood glucose, not reducing carbohydrates, etc.
This should be required reading for every diabetic (type 1 or 2) and anyone interested in low-carbohydrate eating in ge
Excellent book and in particular a really great explanation of blood sugar math and the simple mechanics of blood sugar management.
Paul Cathcart
Jun 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book saved my life.
Jan 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook, kindle
Took a while to finish this one, but it was well worth it, even though author spent quite a bit of time talking about how wonderful he is. Very good ideas, good information, well presented. <><
Nov 09, 2011 rated it it was ok
To start I am not a doctor. And I think listening to your doctor is most important thing to do versus what the book says.

If I did not win this book, I would not have bought it.

I will try to keep this brief but here is where I found problems with the book. It appears to be unrealistic when it comes to advice about diet/ nutrition and exercise.

It does a good job addressing proteins and calcium, but it seems ignore what happens with cholesterol levels. Your sugar levels may be great, but you could
Liz Blevins
May 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Provides insightful research from Type 1 Diabetic trial and error guru Dr. Bernstein. As a Type 1 diabetic himself, Dr. Bernstein always felt there was a better approach to proper glucose management than what dietitians, nutritionists, and other endocrinologists were telling him. Through intensive patient research composed from both patients walking into his office to his own glucose readings, Dr. Bernstein turns the theoretical "high-carb/low fat" diabetic approach upside down, raising the ques ...more
Sep 23, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: diabetics
Bernstein's story is credible and hopeful. His research brought changes in the field and he continues to offer new and updated info. This book breaks down the problems with having high blood sugar and why it must be reduced, and the dangers of using drugs to accomplish this goal. Bernstein lays out a plan to reduce the blood sugar by suggesting a diet regime that is in opposition of the American Diabetes Association. Many who follow the ADA's reccomended diets are forced onto drugs because the A ...more
Helén Szőke
Feb 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
THE definitive tome on low carb diets for diabetes. The awe inspiring biography of how he turned his life around, changed career in his middle age and worked out how diabetes is affected by the body.He was the first person to see the use of glucose self monitoring, then he invented basal and bolus insulin dosing -techniques that has been a life save for diabetics around the world. This is the one book that has changed so many peoples lives and the forerunner for the many many low carb diets now ...more
Jan 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Undoubtedly the best book to recommend for any newly diagnosed diabetic to read. Plenty of guidance for both type 1 and type 2's. His knowledge and work have helped so many people to manage a condition which can, if not controlled, destroy a person's health. A very readable and informative book with excellent medical knowledge. This man and this book have been extremely important to me.
Jul 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent explanations for why blood glucose levels go high, and what to do about it. Ironically close to paleo-diet advice. Explains why even fruits are culprits in raising blood sugar levels - not because they are full of sugar, but because they've been bred to be sweeter than originally found in nature and are available year round. Great info, but a tough plan to follow.
Apr 25, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really recommend this book to anyone who has been recently diagnosed with diabetes or even pre-diabetes. If you are pre-diabetic this may keep you from becoming a full blown diabetic who has to take medication. If you already take medication for diabetes this may help you escape the side effects of diabetes.
Steven Gilbert
Wish there was one definitive view on how best to treat Type 1 Diabetes. This gets 5 stars for cutting through the science and helping me better understand what happens in the body of those living with this autoimmune disease.
Paula Sunsong
Jan 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I used to be diabetic, until I put diabetes into remission by eating a low carb diet, and walking. Dr. Bernstein's book helped me understand that I needed to eat 36 grams of carbohydrate or less to control my diabetes. Most Americans eat about 300 grams. I also weigh less from doing his diet.
Dave Riley
Mar 24, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Essential reading beautifully written.An extraordinary synthesis of a life of research and firsthand experience.
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Richard K. Bernstein, MD, is one of the world's foremost experts in diabetes treatment and care. He is the author of six books about diabetes, including The Diabetes Diet. Dr. Bernstein is the emeritus director of the Peripheral Vascular Disease Clinic at Jacobi Medical Center, an instructor at New York Medical College, fellow of the American College of Nutrition, and as a consultant to the Depart ...more
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“Of course, there was a lot of anger and denial and even attempts to forget about being diabetic. Maybe I could forget about it for a while, but it never forgot about me.” 1 likes
“number of times throughout this book, you’ve come across the terms “delayed stomach-emptying” and “gastroparesis.” As I explained in Chapter 2, elevated blood sugars for prolonged periods can impair the ability of nerves to function properly. It’s very common that the nerves that stimulate the muscular activity, enzyme secretion, and acid production essential to digestion function poorly in long-standing diabetics. These changes affect the stomach, the gut, or both. Dr. Richard McCullum, a noted authority on digestion, has said that if a diabetic has any other form of neuropathy (dry feet, reduced” 1 likes
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