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The End of Diabetes: The Eat to Live Plan to Prevent and Reverse Diabetes

4.07  ·  Rating details ·  1,140 ratings  ·  119 reviews
Despite what you might have heard, diabetes is not a lifelong condition.

It does not have to shorten your life span or result in high blood pressure, heart disease, kidney failure, blindness, or other life-threatening ailments. In fact, most diabetics can get off medication and become 100 percent healthy in just a few simple steps. In The End of Diabetes, Dr. Joel Fuhrman s
ebook, 336 pages
Published December 26th 2012 by HarperOne
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Lisa (Harmonybites)
I try to keep personal details out of my reviews--this is, after all, the internet. But I don't know how to review this, how to contribute to the discussion about it and get feedback about it, without getting personal and giving my context and with it the reasons for my deep skepticism and why I won't be trying Fuhrman's program. I was diagnosed with breast cancer about a month ago. I had to have a Pet Scan to make sure it hadn't spread--it hadn't, and my prognosis is excellent. But I couldn't c ...more
As a recently diagnosed diabetic, I initially picked up this book because I had seen Dr. Fuhrman on several documentaries discussing healthy eating and lifestyle patterns. Much of what he and other nutritionists shared played a huge role in sparking my motivation to change the course of my dietary landscape. I also hate the shots and medications that are part and parcel of this disease and I’m determined to do whatever it takes to get rid of them, so I’m currently neck deep in the “Health Docume ...more
Mark Bruce
Jul 16, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The only reason I am not giving this wonderful, life changing book less than five stars is that the author keeps referring to his "delicious" recipes. I will decide whether they are delicious or not, thank you very much.
Also, there's a tad too much cheerleading in the book for this eating plan.
But aesthetic considerations aside, this is the book you read and follow if you, like me, were foolish as a young eater and now suffer through diabetes. This guy really does set you straight.
Surprise! The
Lori Conner
Dec 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
My husband and I both read this book although he is the only one of us with diabetes. The book is uplifting and gives hope for those who are willing to take serious measures in order to end diabetes. My husband was on insulin, and just like the book said, after a few weeks following the diet he no longer needed to take these shots. He was able to reduce his 42 units gradually but quickly. What we put in our mouth does make a significant difference on our health! I suggest this book to anyone who ...more
Smita Krishnaswamy
Amazing book. Literally cured my mom of diabetes, and brought my dad's under very good control. Also her eyesight which was affected by diabetic retinopathy improved.
May 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: living-better
After telling me I was prediabetic months earlier, my doctor told me I was diabetic in mid-February. He wanted to put me on three kinds of medicine. Instead I found this book, despaired at the recommendations but then tried them, and in three months lost about 10% of my weight. I also stopped needing blood-pressure pills, and am now in remission. Thank you, Dr. Fuhrman!
Carrie ♠
Now listening to the audio version since I did skim over some of the parts about the Type 1 diabetic. What Fuhrman discusses is extremely eye-opening. Will write more later.
Paul Conroy
Aug 02, 2019 rated it liked it
OK, but mostly outdated advice!
Feb 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
What I love about Dr. Fuhrman is that he backs up his plan with real medical research. In my opinion his principles are indisputable. In this book, he explains what diabetes is and how it affects the body. It may be too technical or dry for some readers but for the doubtful reader that needs proof of his claims, it's worth reading. Otherwise you can skip through the book to learn the methods of his plan. This book focuses on how diabetics should modify his Eat to Live plan to accommodate the dis ...more
Nov 08, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
Pretty good book on a topic that needs more exposure to the public eye. I found it more technical than it needed to be and I have to wonder at several instances of word choice. Overall, good introduction to the idea of reversing diabetes. I prefer Barnard's book over this.
Feb 04, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library-book
If there was an (insert eye roll) rating instead of stars, this book would be a candidate.
I picked this up to see how the other half lives. I am not diabetic or pre-diabetic, but I do have a family history of diabetes. My current health parameters are all within in acceptable limits on both ends, and I started a low-carb diet to lose weight and eliminate blood sugar spikes, both of which worked. I no longer suffer from what I call reactive hypoglycemia and Dr. Fuhrman calls toxic hunger.

I eat a variation of one of those meat diets (which like this one also limits dairy and alcohol, b
Apr 11, 2013 rated it liked it
The book is a convincing pleading to improve people health, especially those with already bad blood tests, by eating a light diet based mostly on vegetables and fruit, nuts and beans, less meat, and so the like, in essence stuff with more nutrients and less calories, coupled, if possible, with moderate exercise. The text is unpretentious, medical explanations trimmed to the minimum required for understanding the mechanisms, and a practical behavioral kit how to reduce high blood pressure, choles ...more
Michele Pumphrey
Recommends cutting out dairy and meat products

Vitamin b12 can only be found in eggs, dairy and meat products. This book should have recommended taking a vitamin b 12 supplement if cutting back on eggs, dairy and meat products. A vitamin b 12 deficiency is often found in people who are vegans, because only foods that are animal products have vitamin b 12. Also, this author should read The Obesity Code and The Diabetes Code by Jason Fung. Gives more data about the Atkins diet and ketogenic diet.
Debra  Nicholls
Jan 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
As an RN of 28 years, I wish I could put this in the hands of all current and prediabetics, whether type 1 or type 2. I see the complications of diabetes in my work daily and frustrated for them by the outsated and complicated diet info that is given to patients, and very influenced by corporate misinformation to sell product or more drug. This is not a hard or expensive plan to follow-the complications of diabetes is so much harder and expensive!
Denise Grinols
Feb 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
Great info and diet to reverse the disease. For anyone who has not had success with other diets or protocols. This is very strict and will be difficult for most people but if you truly want results you must change what you eat. I will use this when counseling my clients.
Dec 28, 2012 rated it did not like it

Absolutely nothing new here.
Nicki Hennessey
Jan 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Best Diet book ever. I am loosing 1 lb a day, sugars are back to normal, and I feel great.
Oct 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: health
As usual, when I read a book, I take notes. In this case I simply quit taking notes – there is too much information. I decided to put one sticky note on the cover of the whole damn book. I did keep a few of the notes I made in the beginning, but there are so many important details contained inside, that I simply couldn’t keep putting 5 or 6 sticky notes on a single page.

I will quibble with Doctor Furman on two points (I feel bad about it, because this is truly an outstanding book): 1. He says
April Teesdale
This book was eye-opening.  If you have ever been told that you are pre-diabetic or that you have diabetes you should be instructed to exercise and change your diet.  If you have been medicated for years without being told this, your doctor is doing you a disservice.  

This book encourages you to move, and change your eating habits.  You may not know just how bad you are eating until you begin keeping a food journal and realize that you eat some sort of carb every day whether it is in the form of
Apr 24, 2019 rated it it was ok
Honestly, there are good points and bad. The whole book could have been summed up in two chapters, but instead we get to read and reread the redundancies of diabetes. We get it-diet and exercise=better health. I also wasn't a fan of the contradictions. Hey, we can get ALL the amino acids we need from plants. Oh, by the way, we can't get ALL the amino acids from plants. There were others, and I won't elaborate, but he does make some good points.
The recipes in the book were not really normal peopl
Jul 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cookbooks
In understandable language, but backed up with science, Fuhrman outlines why a plant-based diet works to lower A1C results, and speaks to the psychology of how difficult it can be to opt into this for a newbie. (Fuhrman's hook - his program name - is "nutritarian." Everyone's gotta have a gimmick, but his reasoning seems sound: go for the foods that provide the most nutrition per calorie. It's basic stuff.) Published in 2012, it follows his earlier (2003) work, "Eat to Live," but deals specifica ...more
Feb 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Although Dr. Fuhrman can use an editor, the content of his book is superb and backed by scientific studies. At first I thought it was just one more book claiming it can cure diabetes. Then my endocrinologist told me she is a big believer in whole food plant based diets with no oils for her diabetic patients. I have a rare type of diabetes called type 3c which is caused from having a bout of pancreatitis years before the diabetes set in. It is due to a deficiency of insulin due to the insult to t ...more
Paul Moss
I had just finished reading Genius Foods when I started reading this book.

I found this book to be in contrast with Genius Foods book and the Keto diet. I was confused after reading on what approach to take. I am sure this books information is sound; however, I decided to go with a Ketogenic diet for the added brain health.

Currently after being on a ketogenic diet for four months there as been no sign of my diabetes this whole time. I feel much better, lost a bunch of weight and my sense of it is
Iona  Stewart
Oct 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is one of the few good books around about how to tackle and heal diabetes – I have previously reviewed quite a few atrocious books on the subject, particularly those published by Readers Digest.

First, I will point out a few minuses about the book. Dr. Fuhrman is not yet privy to the new research regarding cholesterol and saturated fats; both kinds of cholesterol are necessary for our bodies, and when high cholesterol is found in persons with health problems, this is because the additional c
Megan Sandlin
Jan 02, 2019 rated it liked it
I believe in the practice to cure diabetes. However, I expected the book to be full of recipes with a couple of explanation pages. As it turns out, the book is almost all based on the findings behind the diet that cures diabetes. There is a large learning-curve with this book that requires thorough studying and the section of recipes has some pretty complicated ones. I know that knowledge is key to practicing the lifestyle changes to cure diabetes, but I don't believe the book to be user-friendl ...more
Feb 26, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Okay, fine. So it’s basically go modified vegan with low/now rice, bread and pasta...with occasional fish. I’m sure this works for some people, but if I’m going to read about the benefits of veganism, I’d rather read the Engine 2 Diet again. Plus, your mileage may vary...but I’ve found all of these hardcore diets really really hard to maintain and veganism is just plain tough (and tougher when you pull out grains). I’d be interested in seeing a better comparison of how this does vs a weight watc ...more
May 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018
If you can get through the medical and physical jargon and avoid the flag waving personal testimonials then it's a recommended plan. Pretty much anyone knows a vegan diet is a plus for any diabetic. It's making the commitment for lifestyle change that one has to make in their personal life to move forward. I borrowed this book from the library, but a paper copy would be good to have so yu can read it and review as you go on the journey.
Apr 12, 2018 rated it liked it
It has a good explanation of what diabetes is and what causes it.

The studies and research he sites are sometimes taken out of context to support his book.

One study he refers to is found at Once you read the book and compare what he is saying and what he is not, puts a light on his book and methods.

Regardless of the above, his book is worth reading if you want to reverse your diabetes.
Carla Turcotte
Apr 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wonderful WOE (Way of Eating). I don't have diabetes, but I'm genetically pre-disposed to it. I don't want it. I've been vegan for a year and a half, but I've been a junk food vegan. This book re-energized me to eat whole food plant based for the best possible health. The science is sound. Great book for anyone who not only wants to improve their health, but who also is concerned about the environment and animal welfare.
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