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What one book would you recommend for learning about diabetes?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created October 01, 2012 at 2:36 PM

I am interested in learning more about the mechanisms and the hows and whys of diabetes. Is there such a tome existing in the gray area of not overly dumbed down, yet not written in language suited for a pre-med student? Even if you are thinking of a diet book with a great background on this before it gets into the diet part of the book I would enjoy hearing your suggestions.

To further be a pain in the ass I am looking for hardcover/paperback as I much prefer a physical book to electronic versions. Thanks!

ETA: For added clarity I am not diabetic, I have been ketoadapting for some upcoming distance races and this has sparked my curiosity to know more.

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on October 02, 2012
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Bernstein wins this one. A must read.

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Bernstein is the best by far. Jenny Ruhl's Blood Sugar 101 is a great website full of information.

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on October 01, 2012
at 09:08 PM

Yeah, I decided to follow his <30g a day thing, and I've been doing it for 18 months and am healthier, fitter and happier than ever before.

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on October 01, 2012
at 08:56 PM

"Performance" is a great book too, but you'll probably get more from it once you've read "Living".

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on October 01, 2012
at 05:53 PM

Thank you both.

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on October 01, 2012
at 05:52 PM

Thanks for the reply, I appreciate the suggestions. Oddly enough it was reading "Art and Science of Low-Carb Performance" from Phinney and Volek a few weeks ago started me down this path. I have ordered "Low Carb Living" at the local library and am waiting for it arrive. Thanks again.

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on October 01, 2012
at 04:51 PM

Bernstein's Diabetes Solution is by far the best book out there. Even if you decide against his VLC (30 g/day) diet as I did you'll find tons of useful information on all aspects of the disease.

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Bernstein's in THE book. End of story. His personal story is also pretty cool.

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on October 01, 2012
at 03:01 PM

+1 for preferring a physical book. (Plus, the question is a good one.)

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on October 01, 2012
at 02:53 PM

Dr. Richard Bernstein's Diabetic Solution is the bible for good diabetic control through diet--the stuff they don't teach in medical school. He gives thorough, scholarly explanations that will help you see the whole picture. There's a newly revised version.

You can look to his website for book excerpts and more to see if that's what you're looking for. http://www.diabetes-book.com/

Then you can buy the book.

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on October 01, 2012
at 03:14 PM

Bernstein's in THE book. End of story. His personal story is also pretty cool.

B3173217a49b5b0116078775a17eb21d

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on October 01, 2012
at 09:08 PM

Yeah, I decided to follow his <30g a day thing, and I've been doing it for 18 months and am healthier, fitter and happier than ever before.

7c2a558ab6fed8f886120f7763b67ad4

(45)

on October 01, 2012
at 05:53 PM

Thank you both.

98bf2ca7f8778c79cd3f6c962011cfdc

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on October 02, 2012
at 02:24 AM

Bernstein is the best by far. Jenny Ruhl's Blood Sugar 101 is a great website full of information.

211d4075d68b24cd0aa7ebfa94262bb9

on October 01, 2012
at 04:51 PM

Bernstein's Diabetes Solution is by far the best book out there. Even if you decide against his VLC (30 g/day) diet as I did you'll find tons of useful information on all aspects of the disease.

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on October 01, 2012
at 03:15 PM

Depends on whether you are a T1 or a T2.

I second the recommendation for Bernstein - he more or less "invented" modern low-carbing for diabetics - and I personally credit his approach for getting my HbA1c from 10.2% to 4.9%. However, he is kind of hardcore, and lots of the refrences in the book are aimed at T1s rather than T2s.

A more T2 friendly tome is Jenny Ruhl's Blood Sugar 101.

It's not (only) about diabetes, but I'd also recommend Volek & Phinney's "Art and Science of Low-Carb Living".

I'd probably read them all.

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on October 01, 2012
at 08:56 PM

"Performance" is a great book too, but you'll probably get more from it once you've read "Living".

7c2a558ab6fed8f886120f7763b67ad4

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on October 01, 2012
at 05:52 PM

Thanks for the reply, I appreciate the suggestions. Oddly enough it was reading "Art and Science of Low-Carb Performance" from Phinney and Volek a few weeks ago started me down this path. I have ordered "Low Carb Living" at the local library and am waiting for it arrive. Thanks again.

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on October 02, 2012
at 12:34 AM

Gretchen Becker's "Type 2 Diabetes; the first year."

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