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The Weight Loss Plan for Beating Diabetes by Frederic J. Vagnini
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it was amazing

If you are diabetic or know someone who it, this book could be a real life-saver. I have several diabetics in my family. I know from first-hand experience how very hard it is for them to lose weight. And yet, losing weight, could be the very best thing someone could do to keep their diabetes in check or even to reverse it.

Dr. Fred Vagnini, one of the world's leaders in alternative medicine, has been working with diabetics for many years. As a result of this work, "Dr. V," as he is know by his patient and many followers, has come up with a innovate five-step plan. Perhaps better than any approach preceding it, his plan helps diabetics and even pre-diabetics lose pounds without having to resort to drastic diets or bypass surgery.

Dr. V's five steps are simple, easy to understand, and they work. After years of struggle, my aunt Elizabeth lost 30 pounds on this system, and has stopped taking insulin for the first time in 25 years. What better endorsement could there be?

Even though I don't have diabetes, I'm worried myself about metabolic syndrome so I read this book and found it chalk full of great information. Herein lies novel insights from a doctor who obviously cares deeply about getting to the root of diabetes and doing something to eradicate it.

This is so refreshing because it seems to me so many other doctors are only interested treating diseases and profiting from them.

I took the self-assessment lifestyle test and discovered a couple things I can do differently that should keep me from becoming pre-diabetic. One has to do with consistency in my exercise program and the other has to do with eating out too often. So, now I'm jogging more, and I'm avoiding the barbeque restaurant I used to visit 3 times a week.

And I can't believe this, but Dr. V has motivated me to eat more salad and raw vegetables, both of which I never thought I would do.

Least my experience be miss-leading, Beating Diabetes is easy to understand but it is not a simplistic "lifestyle" book--it has real depth and plenty of information which I for one was not aware of. For instance, if you take any of the medications that diabetics take, you will find a very important chapter on side effects and how not to mix your meds with the wrong supplements or foods.

Well over 200 pages, there is a lot of "added value" information in the form of charts, lists and self-tests. I found the "week of meals" chart very useful--not that I could exactly follow it, but that it gave me ideas about portions and about interesting and tasty ways to approach meal planning.

The writing style is clear and all the medical terms are defined. Dr. V doesn't speak down to you, nor does he assume you already know the terminology. He has a real knack for educating people by talking (and writing) directly to them.

I totally recommend this book.
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Judith Thanks, David, for such an excellent and thorough review. I am diabetic (thankfully not insulin dependent) and am interested in reading this book!

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