The newly revised and update Diabetes Solution is a treasure trove of practical and unexpected gems of ways to control diabetes.
Richard K. Bernstein's basic explanations range from test descriptions to definitions of diabetes types. The diabetic toolkit section is a priceless listing of the mandatory supplies for a healthy diabetic, along with explanations of why each item is invaluable. The explanations of measuring blood sugar and its effects on the peculiar biology of diabetics make it clear why care must be taken to treat this disease with the seriousness it deserves.
The conflicting and confusing details of proper diabetic diet are handled in clear, concise language that anyone can understand. It is obvious that there will be those who try to weasel out of Dr. Bernstein’s recommended diet changes, which is why it is fortunate that he makes it clear what effect an improper diet can have. The brief section on self-hypnosis may put off the less open-minded of readers, but the case for using this technique is convincingly made.
The plethora of information continues with exercise tips, insulin information, and injection guidelines. Pages 375-427 include some healthy diabetic recipes. Some sound so good they will probably be made by even non-diabetic readers -- black olive crusted salmon, creamed spinach with nutmeg, and even chocolate soufflés.
Also included are five appendices with important information ranging from the current diet debate to drugs that may affect blood sugar to the vitally important subject of foot care for diabetics. The volume is rounded out by a glossary to help those unfamiliar with the terminology used in the book.
Every concept (no matter how technical) is explained in layman’s terms, which is extremely important for the average reader. Dr. Bernstein has done a remarkable job of covering a wide-ranging topic in a relatively short space and making his points so clearly that the only way a diabetic will not follow his advice is if they don’t care about themselves or their loved ones.
So, what is the conclusion of this admittedly favorable review? Diabetes Solution is a must have for the bookshelves of those who are diabetic, love a diabetic, and/or have a familial predisposition to the disease..