Hey Everyone, I'm new here and I have been experementing with eating lower carb for the past couple of months and have found it to be really helpful for lowering my blood sugars and mostly more stable blood sugars!! I have been reading about Bernstein and have read some extracts from his book. I was just wondering.. did you guys buy the book or have you just gone low carb without reading his research or through having read about the low carb diet elsewhere? Basically, do you think the book is worth buying?
I found his book to be INCREDIBLY useful. I bought Diabetes Soultions and I have reread it about five times since then. Each time I learn something new.
You can get it used on Amazon for fairly cheap.
Bought the book, read it, found the same thing as Mike. It is really useful for a few reasons.
1. It explains the theory behind the low carb way of eating for diabetics.
2. He covers a lot of ailments that plague diabetics and sheds a bit of hope on dealing with them.
3. Insight into exercise regiments and how they work with low carb eating and diabetes.
4. Gives some idea on how to go about managing a low carb eating style.
5. Covers many topics related to diabetes as a whole.
In short, get the book. It will work as your bible for the first year of low carbing. I actually used the book, a biologist friend, and the kindness of folks like Gerri on TuD for ideas, understanding, and explanations beyond the book.
Hope this helps.
Hello Sara you will want to buy Diabetes solution and also the Diabetes diet both by Bernstein, yep have been doing the low carb's for 4 years saved my life take care bob.
I am a real Bernstein fan, but I have to tell you, although I own the diet book, in highsight, I would take a pass. Bernstein is no gourmet cook. I found that there are lots better low carb diet and recipe books.
Although, I've read / heard this more than once, I've often thought of picking up the meal book, just to get an idea of the items he suggests using. Sometimes guidelines can be invaluable and a good place to deviate from.
I highly recommend the book, make sure to get the latest edition which was published in Nov. of 2011. It is extensively revised and thus contains Dr. B's latest thinking. Glad you are having success.
Well, I read the book in 2006, I checked it out of the library. I joined the Bernstein forum that year and then I bought my first version of the book. I think I have owned five copies. I just bought the latest one, so now I have two copies. Dr. B's book is one of the central parts of my library, not just for the diet, but for the broad advice.
Wow- Thanks for the replies everyone!!! Looks like I will def. be getting the latest version of Bernstein's book off amazon.
I have my copy of Bernstein's book above my computer. It's the 2003 US edition, given to me as a gift on my visit to St. Louis that year. Beside it I have Gary Taubes's " Good Calories,Bad Calories" Also a US edition, which I bought from Amazon, before the UK edition was published, under thee title "The Diet Deception". I was so rivetted by that book, I read it in one go.
I find both of them so useful. I dip in regularly.
The most important statement in either book is: "people with diabetes deserve the same blood sugars as non-diabetics."
This is borne our by the history of Bernstein himself. Complication free after decades of T1. He's very rare. In my volunteer work, I meet many diabetics. Some very long term; upto 50+ years. Of the folk I've met, no-one was complication free. Mostly they have sight problems and one or two have suffered amputations.[I believe amputations SHOULD BE avoidable] One chap proudly told me he is well controlled after 30 years and then described how he went in to hospital on a morning to have a toe amputated and caught the bus home, by hims3lf at 5;30 the same afternoon after surgery. I didn't say what I felt that Idon't regard needing an amputation as "good control".
I have even met quite a few people diagnosed MUCH less time than me [10years] who have multiple complications and are using large doses of insulin for T2.
I use 2 x 500mg generic Metformin per day and I know that if I REALLY DIDN'T EAT any excess carb, I wouldn't even need that. However I do sli[p up and I'm not always careful, especially, whe looking after grandchildren, as Iam today.
Having read David Mendosa on the subject, I am tempted to try going medication free. I could do it, if I were allowed to have my one piece of dark chocolate per day.
Thanks for the reply Hana. I really like that statement and want to work towards having better control of my blood sugars. Yes I haven't meet many people with diabetes but I did met this one old guy who is complication free and he said that he really put it down to a good diet (I don't know if that was low carb or not, but i assume so). I think we all have slip up's from time to time, as nobody is perfect. What matters I guess is that we are making an effort and have a good hba1c at the end of the day. =)
I didn't buy the book, and just figured it out on my own. This doesn't mean that the book wouldn't be valuable, but you could do it either way!
Cheers Andrea, that's what I have been doing so far, but everyone has said such good things about it I guess it can't do me any harm.