I've heard several books about diabetes mentioned here and quickly poo-poo'ed. Is "Dr. Bernstein's Diabetes Solution" one of those, or is it a good read?
Dr. Bernstein is highly respected in many quarters, but of course there are always some who disparage his ideas.I've heard several books about diabetes mentioned here and quickly poo-poo'ed. Is "Dr. Bernstein's Diabetes Solution" one of those, or is it a good read?
______________________________His diet is restrictive but many of us use it as a baseline and add or subtract carbs depending on our bgs.
____________________________________I was just reading a post on the Bernstein Forum about how a Type 2 who was very out of control dedided to schedule an appointment with Dr Bernstein in NY. Her first appointment took almost 3 days. Can you imagine any doctor spending that amount of time with a diabetic patient. He totally changed her meds and types of insulin and of course the diet. Within a month her bgs had come down a lot. Most of us don't live near NY so we can't see him but we can follow the advise in his book. I don't do quite as low carb as he recomends, but am wondering if I should start. I have gotten my HbA1c down to 5.3 but I think Dr B's HbA1c is in the mid 4's and it has been this way for years with no lows.
I am with you - there is living and then there is life! as long as i can hold onto the small things that bring joy, i will!. I am not a hedonist, but I do believe in living life to the fullest, If I can get my A1c's into the 5's without giving up many of the things i enjoy, I will, BUT, i will give up what i have to to be healthy____________________________________
I love this book. Just by the way he writes AND the fact that he himself is a diabetic, you know he really cares about people with diabetes. I thought I had been doing okay until I read about the sugar alcohols in "sugar free" products, so I replaced all of those today, thanks to this book.
The only thing that dismays me about it is the advice he gives on foot care - it is INCREDIBLY restrictive. Cold showers, can't go swimming, can't walk on the beach barefoot, can't take a relaxing hot bath - I can't live like that.
____________________________________We clearly have to be informed to have the best chance of success, but it is often hard to separate the wheat from the chaff. I recognize that Dr Bernstein has a large following and probably has some very good things to say ( I really need to read his book )
I guess at its heart it is so frustrating that there is so little that is really known about diabetes. I talk with my Dr and he clearly knows a lot that i do not, but about diabetes he is not guiding me, my treatment depends on me, I would like to have a much larger consensus on how to treat diabetes than exists today..
At least we know more than a decade ago