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Sisson or Wolf for Diabetes

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Created August 14, 2011 at 8:25 PM

I have a friend who thinks he might have some type of adult onset diabetes. He is not paleo or primal. I have Mark Sisson's Primal Blueprint and Robb Wolf's Paleo Solution to offer him. In your opinion, what is the better book to convince a a borderline diabetic to go paleo/primal?

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on August 16, 2011
at 03:50 AM

Dr Carlsons publisher wanted him to change the name. I felt as I was reading the book, that the Doctor felt guilty for telling people that a low carb diet was bad. This book was his way of making it right.

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on August 15, 2011
at 11:39 PM

I enjoyed Wolf's book more as well, but I think Sisson's book will work better. As for the other books, Thanks for the suggestions, but I don't own them and haven't read them to be able to recommend them.

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on August 15, 2011
at 02:14 AM

not that I am saying paleo doesn't include starchy carbs, but when you are giving up most of the carbs, there really isn't much room for fruit, grains or beans.

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on August 15, 2011
at 01:22 AM

Agree that Wolf is correct. And you have to know your audience - not gonna hand it to "The Church Lady".

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on August 15, 2011
at 12:34 AM

Yeah, I actually love Wolf's "adolescent style". Guess I just see it as straight forward, and somewhat entertaining in all at once. I do agree Sissons book is an easier "step by step" approach.

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on August 14, 2011
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Yeah, I like Dr. Carlson - but he's a bit of a nutbag. Or should I say, over the top?

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on August 14, 2011
at 09:15 PM

Just wanted to add, that the insulin theory does not have to be true in order for the diet to work.

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on August 14, 2011
at 09:13 PM

Here's his website: http://www.diabetes-book.com/

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on August 14, 2011
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wow, carlson's book is a bit heavy with that word "genocide" right in the title... that might not be the best way to get through to someone, no matter the content.

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on August 14, 2011
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What is Bernsteins book called? I am still researching. I agree with your opinion of Protein Power. It was not until I read Gary Taubes "good calories, bad calories " that I fully understood how insulin works to store fat and to keep it stored.Nor how powerful insulin is. Thank you for the book recommendations.

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on August 14, 2011
at 08:52 PM

but he is correct!! If someone is diabetic they need to read a lot and realize they can cure it. Bernstein is a good place to start. Rosedale too.

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on August 14, 2011
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In general, I prefer Sisson's book - it's better organized and is a perfect intro to the paleo/primal way of life, but a diabetic should really have the Bernstein book for reference.

Lately, I think I like the Jaminet's Perfect Health Diet book over the books by Wolf or Sisson. But none of them really speak to diabetics, except as an afterthought, as in - "Oh, by the way, if your diabetic, maybe you should keep the carbs a wee bit lower than my standard recommendation..."

Wolf's book is good, but can be off-putting to someone not used to his adolescent style. Such as "Lack of sleep will cock-block weight loss..." (I'm paraphrasing, but kazdha - close enough.)

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on August 15, 2011
at 12:34 AM

Yeah, I actually love Wolf's "adolescent style". Guess I just see it as straight forward, and somewhat entertaining in all at once. I do agree Sissons book is an easier "step by step" approach.

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on August 15, 2011
at 11:39 PM

I enjoyed Wolf's book more as well, but I think Sisson's book will work better. As for the other books, Thanks for the suggestions, but I don't own them and haven't read them to be able to recommend them.

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on August 15, 2011
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Agree that Wolf is correct. And you have to know your audience - not gonna hand it to "The Church Lady".

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on August 14, 2011
at 08:52 PM

but he is correct!! If someone is diabetic they need to read a lot and realize they can cure it. Bernstein is a good place to start. Rosedale too.

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on August 14, 2011
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I'd go in this order: Bernstein, Rosedale, Sisson, Eades', Wolf. Bernstein, Rosedale and Protein Power aren't strictly paleo, but with the reduction of virtually all starchy carbs, the diets start to match up pretty well anyway. Bernstein's book is especially helpful in that it specifically discusses exactly where some of the other diets fall short for diabetics. His own personal story is quite compelling, as well, and should give hope to all diabetics.

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on August 15, 2011
at 02:14 AM

not that I am saying paleo doesn't include starchy carbs, but when you are giving up most of the carbs, there really isn't much room for fruit, grains or beans.

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on August 14, 2011
at 09:15 PM

Just wanted to add, that the insulin theory does not have to be true in order for the diet to work.

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on August 14, 2011
at 09:13 PM

Here's his website: http://www.diabetes-book.com/

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on August 14, 2011
at 09:05 PM

What is Bernsteins book called? I am still researching. I agree with your opinion of Protein Power. It was not until I read Gary Taubes "good calories, bad calories " that I fully understood how insulin works to store fat and to keep it stored.Nor how powerful insulin is. Thank you for the book recommendations.

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on August 14, 2011
at 09:00 PM

Read...."Genocide, How Your doctors dietary advice will kill you ", by Dr David Carlson. Then read Protein Power life plan and use the Purist plan which is Paleo. Also Read Gary Taubes..."Why we get fat and what to do about it, or his more in depth research..."Good Calories Bad Calories."

I have Marks Sissons books. All of them. They are excellent, but I needed to understand the WHY of it. I eat nothing processed. Nothing. No grain, no sugar, no alcohol,The only fruit right now is an occasional small handful of blueberries.. When and if my blood sugar gets down to normal, which it still is not, I will add back some fruit in season, very very carefully. Some days my liver makes sugar during the night and I wake up with blood sugar of around 120. I am told and have read that insulin resistance will improve if I stay on this strict course..

If your friend understands WHY he has type two diabetes, it will help him to know what to do. I myself eat grass fed beef, venison, wild caught salmon and other fish, and range free eggs and a small amount of organic greens. Gary says ( cites from study after study) that some people are SO insulin resistant that even lettuce floods their blood streams with insulin. Each person has to find out how low in the carb department that they need to go.

I am beyond listening to my pill popping doctor and have lost 25 pounds so far in 75 days. I know that when all the belly fat and back fat is gone, then I may find I am no longer having blood sugar issues, but I will never go back to the conventional wisdom( what??) of the low fat diet.

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on August 14, 2011
at 09:11 PM

wow, carlson's book is a bit heavy with that word "genocide" right in the title... that might not be the best way to get through to someone, no matter the content.

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on August 16, 2011
at 03:50 AM

Dr Carlsons publisher wanted him to change the name. I felt as I was reading the book, that the Doctor felt guilty for telling people that a low carb diet was bad. This book was his way of making it right.

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on August 14, 2011
at 10:09 PM

Yeah, I like Dr. Carlson - but he's a bit of a nutbag. Or should I say, over the top?

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