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40 of 40 people found the following review helpful
on 13 March 2012
This is an accessible book for anyone wanting to find out more about diabetes. This includes type 1 diabetics, type 2 diabetics, the pre-diabetic, those worried that they might have diabetes, and the simply curious.

The book is written throughout in the "popular science" style which makes it easy to read but it is well researched and referenced. There is more science than I was expecting at the beginning of the book, but this is really about explaining what high blood sugar is doing to your body. It's easy enough to skip over these sections but I'd recommend you not to. To the reviewer who criticised the book on the grounds that he just wanted to be told what to eat, the answer is, eat a low carbohydrate diet. That means, no sugar, no white bread, no coffee. Good chocolate is okay though. Patrick Holford has a book on that, as well as a nice cookbook.

If you are a type 1 diabetic, I'd suggest you also read Richard Bernstein's Diabetes Solution which contains a lot of practical information for caring for diabetes, as well as more detailed science.

Both books advocate a low carbohydrate diet as the means to normalising blood sugars. It's scandalous that the medical establishment still does not do the same.

The book is probably a little longer than it needs to be, but nevertheless I'm giving it 5 stars for presenting a complex subject in an accessible way.
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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful
on 13 May 2012
Having read almost all of Patrick's books, I was expecting this one to be good and I was not disappointed. Having lost six stones on tne Holford diet and reducing my bio age from 65 to 35 (I am 47) I can honestly say that I am no longer showing any signs of diabetes and my blood pressure and cholesterol are perfect. This all happened within weeks of being on the diet and before I lost the weight. The six stone weight loss was just an added bonus. This book educates us on how diabetes starts, how it develops and how we can avoid it/or eliminate type 2. I highly recommend everybody, especially health professionals, to read this book. If I had followed the usual advice I would be on diabetic medication now, but I am, instead, free of all symptoms (HbA1C 5.1).

You will not be disappointed if you want to feel well, lose weight and be free of sugar cravings!

(sorry if this sounds like an advert)
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
on 9 March 2012
This book helped me change the downward direction in which I was going. Having Type 2 diabetes, my insulin use was gradually creeping upwards. At Christmas I was using 95 units a day. I started following the advice in the book and within a few days I was reducing the amount of insulin I needed to inject. I am currently down to 60 units 2 months later. I have not been as strict as the book recommends but have lost almost a stone. I am eating less food and taking more exercise, walking and doing resistance exercises. I think eating the smaller meals with healthy snacks in between stops the great hunger pangs which lead to overeating. I need to lose much more weight but I keep going back to the book to check my eating habits and keep going in the right direction. If I don't, I risk blindness or a leg amputation. Not much of a choice really.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 30 August 2012
This is the first time I have writtena review and the first time I have downloaded an e-book.

The reviews that say this book takes concentration to read are not wrong, there is a lot of information packed in there, but I persevered and read every last bit of it. Now I have read it, I just flick back to the bits I need to reference using the search or page contents on the e-book, loving it (can you tell!).

I am on week 4 and have lost 6lb so far. Given the size I am I could have lost a lot more, but I have been slow at starting excercise and had a couple of naughties not allowed at the beginning. When I was younger and pre the hectic life of children I have lost 5 stone using slimming world, but no matter how hard I tried this time around (SW / Weight Watchers / cutting down / low fat) I have not been very succesful and now I feel there is something I can stick to. I am also convinced that all the information given about pre-diabetics / diabetics finding it hard to lose weight is valid.

The one great difference I am finding is that although I am not eating particularly large amounts of food (as I would say on SW), just normal portions, I am not very often hungry and don't really have the cravings. I have more energy too (most of the time). I do have more motivation as I am scared to death of getting diabetes (and have a sneaking suspicion I was/am pre-diabetic), but it seems to be working. I am taking most of the suppliments recommended and listening to my body. Going back a few weeks, I was getting regular headaches, sometimes migranous in nature and had the odd 'fuzzy moment' which I could only describe as a sugar rush and I am no longer getting these (well about 1 headache a week).

I have also bought the cookbook and this is full of ideas (although without this I am still not always sure how to put meals together using the right quantities). I am eating some different foods and it is quite interesting and I have even snuck some of the meals into the family menu (with some extra carbs here and there).

I have read some criticism of Patrick Holfords marketing techniques and I refrained from subscribing to the website, but as for the book, I am hoping it has made a start to me finally losing the excess stones and generally being a lot healthier. Give it a try.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon 8 November 2012
Having just being diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes I wanted to get the best information possible on how I could deal with this condition. Patrick Holford was recommended as a valuable resource so I bought both he Kindle and paperback version.

The information is all there it's just very frustrating to get to it, rather than break the information up into sections, such as how the condition comes about, what you can do and dietary like foods to avoid and foods that are beneficial he has jumbled the information all together in a rambling way that causes you to flip from one sections to another. Some of the information is lacking so you need to purchase another book on the subject from him.

Having said all that it is really good information and I do recommend the book just prepare yourself to fight your disease and this book!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 25 December 2012
Brilliant book - had Type 2 diabetes for 8 years, and never taken it seriously - read this easily accessible non-judgmental book, and it, along with "Blood Sugar 101" allowed me to begin the process of trying to control my blood sugar - taught me lots of stuff I thought I knew but didn't, and also plenty of stuff I didn't - highly recommended...
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 8 February 2014
When ordering this book I thought there might be lots of useful stuff in there specific to diabetes which hadn't been in other books. However, on reading it I discovered that the vast majority of the text was directly lifted from the GL Diet Bible which I already have. There were one or two new recipes but other than that nothing I hadn't already read. Useful if you haven't got the Diet Bible but if you have don't waste your money.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 31 October 2011
This is a book that many of us should read. It is easy to read and to follow and the suggestions are very sensible and easy to carry out.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on 7 October 2011
Everybody diagnosed with type two diabetes or just raised sugar levels - especially those with impaired glucose tolerance (and heading towards diabetes) - should be given a copy of this book. It would be cheaper than drugs and be better for their health. Buy a copy, read it - its an easy read - and do it!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 18 May 2013
This book i have read page for page i couldnt put it down its so interesting and you learn things that healthcare providers havent told you. As a mum of a newly diagnosed type 1 child who is 11 i have been researching ever since how to help her. It has alot of info for type 2 but also enough about type 1 and low gl diet. It was so interesting that my husband has ordered the same one for his arthritis. Def worth a read.
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