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The #1 bestseller that offers "a ground breaking,
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healing now!" -
Mehmet Oz, MD

Dr. Mark Hyman reveals
that the secret to losing weight and preventing not just diabetes but
also heart disease, stroke, dementia, and cancer is balanced insulin
levels. Dr. Hyman describes the seven keys to achieving
wellness-nutrition, hormones, inflammation, digestion, detoxification,
energy metabolism, and a calm mind-and explains his revolutionary
six-week healthy-living program. With advice on diet, green living,
supplements and medication, exercise, and personalizing the plan for
optimal results, this book also teaches readers how to maintain lifelong
health. Groundbreaking and timely, THE BLOOD SUGAR SOLUTION is the
fastest way to lose weight, prevent disease, and feel better than
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Reviews for The Blood Sugar Solution: The UltraHealthy Program for Losing Weight, Preventing Disease, and Feeling Great Now!:

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April 7, 2015

I would suggest you just buy the cookbook instead of ...
I would suggest you just buy the cookbook instead of the book. The science and stories in the book are just filler, the cookbook has the diet plan in it as well so save your money on the actual book.
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November 23, 2015

Good information
I bought this book for a nutrition class I took locally that was taught by a registered dietitian. I'd recommend it to anyone wanting to take serious steps to improve their health by changing their diet. Stress management, supplements, and exercise are also discussed, and recipes are included. It's set up to educate you first as to how and why the author arrived at this approach to health. It then gives you a program to follow for several weeks. I believe the ultimate goal is to make healthy lifestyle changes, so at the end of the program you will tend to choose to make healthier decisions about food and exercise because you've changed your habits and feel better as a result. I wouldn't think anything recommended in this book would hurt someone the way some fad diets can, but it's always best to consult with your doctor especially if you have health issues!

The title might suggest this is for diabetics but it is not. It is referring to the fact that most diets steer us toward developing adult onset diabetes. I've heard (can't remember if it was in the book as well as the class I took) that there is a test to see if a person is tending toward diabetes that works kind of like an early warning system, because if dietary changes are made soon enough it is possible to steer one away from becoming diabetic. Unfortunately, this isn't a routine test and the routine testing often results in telling people they have already developed diabetes.

The main complaint in negative reviews at the time I bought the book seemed to be, "It's too hard..." I thought about how a book advising people to eat nothing but donuts and milkshakes to get healthy would be popular but wouldn't help anyone, lol. Of course it's hard. But it really isn't THAT hard if you really want to do it. You will need to buy more produce and foods that require preparation, and actually cook instead of picking up fast food, take out, or microwave meals. Some complained in reviews about the expense of buying food to prepare, but you have to consider the money you're saving by not buying sodas and junk food and by not picking up fast food or take out all the time. I believe they offset each other. Plus there's the added cost of what too much junk food does to your health.
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Feb 10, 2013

Somewhat resembles a gluten-free, dairy-free carob-chip cookie with no sweeteners. Looks appealing, potentially good for you, but by the end, potentially a little hard to swallow. I will say this for it: at the heart of the book is a truth we all need to hear: Our lifestyles are making us sick.

Divided into six somewhat disparate parts, book sections include: Understanding the Modern Plague, a section on the diabetics epidemic with a strong implication that most of us are pre-pre-diabetic; Seven Somewhat resembles a gluten-free, dairy-free carob-chip cookie with no sweeteners. Looks appealing, potentially good for you, but by the end, potentially a little hard to swallow. I will say this for it: at the heart of the book is a truth we all need to hear: Our lifestyles are making us sick.

Divided into six somewhat disparate parts, book sections include: Understanding the Modern Plague, a section on the diabetics epidemic with a strong implication that most of us are pre-pre-diabetic; Seven Steps to Treating Diabesity, which includes a number of lifestyle surveys identifying one's own insulin resistance; The Blood Sugar Solution: Preparation, or steps to implementing a healthier lifestyle; The Six-Week Action Plan, which includes a basic and 'advanced' diet plan for those who are more sugar-dependent; Take Back Our Health,how to including community support in your changes; The Meal Plan and Recipes; and of course, references.

For those sensitive to it, a note on formatting. Structure is very much of the "Dummies" school of writing, which includes (overuse) of bullet points, sections broken down into 2-page easily digestible segments, action steps, sidebars and (repetitive) life-style quizzes. This truly isn't meant to be an educational tome so much as a motivational speech coupled with a plan for lifestyle change.

The first part inundates with statistics proving that the American diet is unhealthy, causing an epidemic of obesity. He attempts to link obesity to industry, government and pharmaceutical companies--certainly all implicated in problems with the modern food chain, as well as general individual confusion about nutrition. There's vital substance here--much like the almonds in your chocolate bar--but it feels a little media-spun and breezy, and I would have preferred something more substantial. For instance, his assertion that "The food industry has decided to preempt any food-labeling regulations that would given consumers real, credible information" (p.47) is some what misleading. While I'd agree that industry isn't/hasn't been helpful, food labels now are more readable than ever before. It's actually a voluntary front of package labeling that industry suggested that he has issue with. Certainly true, but spun in a way that diminishes consumer responsibility and government efforts to improve knowledge. Personally, I would have been interested to learn more factual information about the deliberate creation of (unhealthy) highly-processed food on the part of industry--after all, I'm a sucker for an big conspiracy, especially if I get to blame my weight on it. But for that, I plan on checking out the lauded Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us.

Still, while every health care provider should already be aware of the current health crisis around poor diet and minimal exercise, some of this information might be new to the average American who may not have made the links between lifestyle and health (I don't know how they wouldn't have, but I'm trying to be generous here). Points he brings up include "low-fat" diets--there is now is strong evidence that defining healthy food strictly in terms of fat content is not enough. Likewise diet sodas--he cites a newer well-done study that links diabetes with higher diet soda consumption. I also like his assertion that too many medical practitioners--and their patients--accept the "pre-diabetic" label without actively fighting against further development of diabetes.

Other positives include linking inflammatory food choices with lifestyle stresses and inflammatory health conditions, although he often characterizes these as "toxins." There's a wide body of scientific research hoping to connect food, stress and inflammation, but as of right now, blanket statements are definitely out. Science is relatively certain inflammatory factors play a role in disease progression, specifically cardiovascular disease, breast cancer and autoimmune diseases (at least the ones that I know about off the top of my head). However, the link with inflammatory or "toxic" diets has been tenuous. A new European study on the Mediterranean diet was just released, and that seems to provide more conclusive proof. (However, contrary to Hymans' recommendations, that diet does contain alcohol, so it is sure to gain wider support).

There is a lot of good information here, spun in a way the average consumer might appreciate. However, because so much is referencing his website, it somewhat limits the extent to which it is accessible to everyone. My dad, for instance, should read this book; however, as he is computer illiterate, the online questionaires and resources would be useless. This issue perhaps hints at one of the hidden plagues of the food revolution--it usually requires significant economic or time resources to change.

Recipes and meal plans seem healthy, and no doubt would be part of a great balanced diet. He includes smoothies, breakfasts, snacks and solid meals. I also appreciate his checklists of kitchen supplies and spices, undoubtedly helpful for the kitchen impaired. It truly is a step-by-step recipe for change for those who are interested.

There is also a lot of selective information. Hyman would prefer that you don't drink alcohol at all. Not that I'm a fan, necessarily, but by not acknowledging the numerous studies that show a glass of red wine a day seems to be cardio-protective, he chips away at his own validity. And while I appreciate his emphasis on both 'real' food and food prepared by the consumer, I fail to understand how he doesn't consider it hypocritical that he would also recommend supplements.

Although I certainly believe in increasing environmental and pharmaceutical toxins, I think there aren't many studies that draw clear correlations with health, and those that do tend to center around asthma and cancer. Even then, connections are challenging to prove--if it was clearly provable, we'd have more success with EPA regulations. I feel his assertion of "increasing levels of toxins... are a significant cause of diabesity" (p.9) is seriously stretching the science. This truly is the section of the book that caused me the most skepticism. His self-analysis questions cover just about every symptom possible, so I think it would be hard to find someone that didn't merit his detox diet with supplements.

As a side note, for people into testing, he recommends a battery of blood work that is unlikely to be supported by many doctors and many more insurance companies. A full thyroid panel and insulin testing are two of the more esoteric ones that most practitioners--and clinical guidelines--would only recommend a screening thyroid and fasting glucose. Again, this speaks to well-financed readers, and I feel it is somewhat irresponsible to suggest someone with limited financial resources spend $800 on lab testing (just guessing off the top of my head as I don't have the book in hand--it's actually more like a couple thousand if it was market cost) that would need to be repeated in order to assess "improvement."

(view spoiler)[ Well, it's not really, but a side-side note. I recently saw a paper talking about the wide difference in gut enzymes between dogs and wolves, even though they are related species. Genes that sequence certain starch-digesting enzymes are to twelve times more common in dogs (Nature, Jan. 2013). It speculated that the gut evolution enabled dogs to take advantage of human's more carb-heavy diets. Similarly, current human guts are built to digest carbs as well as proteins--a diet that immediately classifies all carbs as 'toxic' is problematic. His diet seems extreme and fails to acknowledge evolution with dietary change. Similarly, I remember a anthropological study that looked at how cereal grains enabled civilization to progress beyond the hunter-gatherer because it allowed for concentration of food and diminished fool-collection energy consumpton. So I'd be interested in knowing how Hyman connects his own dietary suggestions back to food industry. Where are all these lean meats coming from? Harvested nuts and beans? It's ingenuous to suggest his diet is the answer to agribusiness' "Frankenfoods" without recognizing it is a reciprocal relationship, and that demand for his type of foods will be no different. (hide spoiler)]

At the end of the day, I'm not sure to what extent cause matters. Humans are hard-wired to select sweets and fats, so whether its because of capitalism or choice, we're gonna pick the unhealthy ones most of the time. I do buy into the 'addictive' component; again, whether it is from a dopamine cycle or habit is almost irrelevant. Almost, because knowing can help us with strategies. I do dispute Hyman's tendency to equate heroin with sugar. A little extreme, maybe? But that's where the addictive behavior figures in, and where behavior modification has to be an emphasized component of dietary and lifestyle change. I do like the way Hyman tries to connect that back to community, and how to enlist community support in ones' change. I don't know that the web community is the only option, but it is the one most strongly supported by this book.

I did chuckle at his Inflammation questionnaire: "At work, I am exposed to pesticides, toxic chemicals, loud noise, heavy metals, and/or toxic bosses and coworkers." Tell me that isn't funny stuff!

If only his prescription didn't also include his own brand of products. There was one line I found quite ironically funny where he complains that the solution isn't "diet and exercise" the way we've been hearing our doctors suggest for decades. Um, hypocritical much? Because that is, after all what he is recommending. Along with a healthy dose of his brand of supplements.

Summary: if it gets you to healthify your lifestyle--awesome. But don't waste your money on lab tests and supplements.

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June 18, 2016

Lost Weight, Blood Sugar Unchanged
Seven Month Update:

After 7 months on Hyman and high intensity interval training, I have lost 20 pounds, and have the energy to get through the work day.

The bad news is my fasting blood sugar is unchanged from the start, even after eliminating almost all carbs from my diet (except those in green and leafy veggies). It is still hovering around 105 when done by LabCorp (95-98 when done at company physicals), even though my A1C has dropped from 5.8 to 5.3 (explain that one...) . My Doctor, who is a True Believer of Hyman , is still accusing me of not following the diet (time for a new doctor, I think). ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

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I'm not prediabetic, but weight and blood sugar were becoming a concern. My doctor put me on this diet and upped my exercise routine.I've followed this diet for four months now and adopted a program of rigorous interval training three days a week. My previous diet had become too starchy and full of artificial sweeteners.

I have lost 14 pounds, but blood sugar remains unchanged. This diet claims to be a blood sugar reduction diet.

Also, be prepared for some political statements from Hyman in this book. I know it's his book, but really unwarranted in a diet book.

Hyman is also slickly marketed to the hilt. Plenty of stuff to BUY from him. And, yes, you apparently NEED to join one of his support groups (like I have time for a support group).

Still, there is a good analysis of what is wrong with our diets, including mine. It doesn't seem to be the 'solution', though.
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August 16, 2017

A wonderful, informative book for everyone, not just diabetics
After reading this book and following MOST of the guidelines for only a month, my A1c, triglycerides, blood pressure and weight have all come down. Sugar really is addictive but you can eat REAL food and get off the destructive path...plus you'll feel better too!!
5

December 9, 2013

FANTASTIC BOOK
Excellent book on ridding yourself of early type 2 diabetes. My husband was diagnosed with type 2 and I was scrambling to find something 'natural' to help him. This book was a god send. We did the protocol for the 'worst case' and within 3 months he was NORMAL!!! I mean EVERYTHING! His blood pressure, cholesterol, weight, blood sugar....PERFECT!!! His doctor was very pleased, but is keeping him on the lowest dose of Metformin, so 250mg 2x per day up to the year mark and recheck of all blood work.
My husband took it upon himself to cut this down now as well, so is only taking it in the morning. He is still taking the supplements that were recommended which are a bit pricey. This I feel can be cut way down soon as well. He is still grain free. His diet consists mostly of fish, all kinds of greens and other vegetables, some fruit, nuts and occasionally eggs, brown or black rice, and yes...gluten free beer. He only gave up all alcohol for 3 months.
I really highly recommend this book to anyone wanting to, and I am saying this with OUR EXPERIENCE, cure your early onset type 2 diabetes or high blood sugar/border line diabetes. I cannot tell you it is easy to change your diet so radically, it is not. The results are so worth it. He is healthy and looks fantastic. NEVER has his blood pressure been 110 over 78 before. It was always high normal. He was never able to hit that stupid (in my opinion) BMI in the normal range. His triglycerides are now normal , another thing that was ALWAYS a bit high. Yet here he is!
THANK YOU SO MUCH, DR. HYMAN!!!!
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July 21, 2014

Great tool for those who want it bad enough! Well on my way to reversing my diabetes!
Type 2 diabetic here, newly diagnosed March 2014 with an A1C of 9.8. Three months following this new way of eating and getting plenty of exercise, and I'm down to a 5.9, all without ANY meds! I did run into some issues with eating too much fiber which caused some gut problems, but after adding tiny portions of brown rice, limited cheese and the occasional indulgence back to my diet, the stomach pain from the excess fiber is gone. I was probably overdoing the cabbage...But the Asian Coleslaw is sooooo good when you put a little sriacha in it.

Lost 30 pounds in 2 months following the advanced plan. Got sugar down to pre-diabetic levels.

Some of the recipes in this book and the cookbook fall flat in the taste department, but others are a home run. Love the whole foods breakfast shake (this is my breakfast every day), the fish in tomato sauce, turkey lettuce wraps, balsamic brussel sprouts, chicken chili verde, and a bunch of others.

This book was a great tool to get my health back on track. I used no medications to get my sugar down...Just this book, exercise, a ton of willpower, and lots of support from those around me. I doubt I'd have had the same success without the recipes and base knowledge I learned from the Blood Sugar Solution and accompanying cookbook.
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Feb 15, 2012

Thanks Goodreads for the great giveaway!!! I’m on a diet similar to The Blood Sugar Solution, so when I heard about this book I thought it would be perfect for me. And it is to a point, but I can’t fully recommend this book due to its complexity. The first section of this book condemns the typical American diet & explains Dr. Hyman’s concept of diabesity. While I appreciate Dr. Hyman’s passion for this subject and agree with him on most points, this part of the book is an excessive 60 pages. Thanks Goodreads for the great giveaway!!! I’m on a diet similar to The Blood Sugar Solution, so when I heard about this book I thought it would be perfect for me. And it is to a point, but I can’t fully recommend this book due to its complexity. The first section of this book condemns the typical American diet & explains Dr. Hyman’s concept of diabesity. While I appreciate Dr. Hyman’s passion for this subject and agree with him on most points, this part of the book is an excessive 60 pages. While this introduction is necessary, it could have been effectively whittled down to about 20 pages & still captured the essence of his argument. The second section of the book includes eleven quizzes (including the energy metabolism quiz, the oxidative stress quiz, the adrenal fatigue quiz, etc.) to pinpoint possible health issues. Again, these are great, but a little convoluted & drawn-out. Part three prepares for the Blood Sugar Solution. Part four (on page 189) finally discusses the six week plan. For the most part, I like the plan as it incorporates not only diet changes, but lifestyle changes as well, including relaxation techniques, exercise & eliminating environmental toxins. I especially enjoyed the section about the one week media fast. The recipes in the book are fairly simple & include ingredients found at most grocery stores. I will definitely be incorporating those into my own low sugar diet.

Anyone purchasing this book has already acknowledged that they need to make drastic changes. Altering your life is hard enough without having to muddle through terminology such as “low-glycemic-load meals” & “phytonutrient-rich foods”. If this had been a simpler, more concise book I would have given The Blood Sugar Solution a rave review. Unfortunately, I believe that The Blood Sugar Solution’s unneeded complexity will alienate the audience that needs this book the most.
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June 8, 2018

The poor have no chance to afford the healthiest foods and ...
very enlightening, confirming our food industry sinister plan to addict our population for the sake of a buck and the lack of governmental regulation on foods, chemical ingredients, and warning labels because they are deep in the pockets of our fake food industry. I'm a health professional and it all makes sense. Its a big undertaking to change our thoughts and habits on food but to be one of the wealthiest and advanced countries in the world, we have the sickest people all because we have abundance of neon lights and fast foods, candy and soda. The poor have no chance to afford the healthiest foods and processed foods are cheap and abundant. Our foods are Genetically modified and finding clean, unaltered foods is more difficult and expensive than it should be. It's a crime against humanity not to expose our Food Industry, Farming industry (for corn syrup and weird products and methods of growing). Our medical field needs to be focusing on nutrition, the basis of our very being, not throwing more pharmaceuticals at symptoms but actually healing the root cause of our poor health. This is a must read for anyone who needs to begin to learn about their bodies and how foods or lack of real food, exercise, stress management, lifestyle, community all can create or destroy our health. Our kids deserve better and as a parent, we need to be looking at how to change our kitchens and choices.
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January 8, 2017

Best Diabetes "Blood Sugar..." Book in Market
This is a turn-a-round book by another Cleveland Clinic Medical Doctor. I have purchased several "recommended" blood sugar books but this one did work for us. Dispelled a few older concepts which were critical in the past, but not as much today with the advancements made in diagnosis, analysis and research. I recommend this book to anyone looking to understand Blood Surgar and a Solution in today's knowledge level.
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Feb 17, 2012

I'm not a health food nut. In fact, I love my diet cola more than the average American. I ordered this book simply because I'm going to Hawaii in a minute and I thought I might make some changes and look fantastic in a bathing suit.

Chances are slim, but there was a possibility.

Maybe because I'm new to the understanding-the-power-of-foods movement but I found the information a great launching pad for me. I accepted very early on that there was no chance I'd get my 23 year old body back I found I'm not a health food nut. In fact, I love my diet cola more than the average American. I ordered this book simply because I'm going to Hawaii in a minute and I thought I might make some changes and look fantastic in a bathing suit.

Chances are slim, but there was a possibility.

Maybe because I'm new to the understanding-the-power-of-foods movement but I found the information a great launching pad for me. I accepted very early on that there was no chance I'd get my 23 year old body back I found that a condition that has been plaguing me for a few years can be greatly improved by controlling inflammation through monitoring foods that cause it. Certainly, I'll continue taking prescription anti-inflammatories but I thought Hyman clearly explained the process of inflammation and made a couple of supplemental changes to my diet. It's not huge but it's something.

Dr. Hyman breaks down certain herbal supplements and their health benefits so I knew what I should be looking for. I'm not going gung-ho because I realize herbal supplements are not monitored by the FDA, but I have found a reputable health food store that sells supplements with the ingredients he indicated. I'm also replacing at least one can of Diet Coke with a bottle of flavored green tea extracts. For me, that is huge.

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January 26, 2018

One Star
It is a gimmick
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Feb 27, 2012

Thanks to goodreads for sending me this great book! This is written by an MD so there is some in-depth info being covered, but I thought it was pretty easy to read and understand. He provides some startling statistics (especially about children's nutrition) that really are inspiring me to make some changes for my family. For example, the sugar consumption of an average person has gone up from 10 pounds per year in the 1800's to currently 150-180 pounds of sugar per person per year! yikes. Also, Thanks to goodreads for sending me this great book! This is written by an MD so there is some in-depth info being covered, but I thought it was pretty easy to read and understand. He provides some startling statistics (especially about children's nutrition) that really are inspiring me to make some changes for my family. For example, the sugar consumption of an average person has gone up from 10 pounds per year in the 1800's to currently 150-180 pounds of sugar per person per year! yikes. Also, the breakfast cereals with the worst nutritional value have the most advertising? and more than 90% of American children drink soda every day? I could go on, but I won't. Now I know that statistics can be skewed for different purposes, but this is still some eye-opening information on a topic that effects all of us.
So basically the book lays out a 6 week plan to get started on this healthy lifestyle where you eliminate sugars and reboot your metabolism. There are some quizzes you can take to help personalize the plan to your needs, and also a website to check out. There are recipes at the end of the book, although I wished there were more. Overall, if you are looking to change your nutritional habits or learn more about America's health crisis, give this book a read. ...more
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Jul 31, 2018

Good book to understand the importance of diet in our health.
Nicely explained with scientific explanations.useful for those looking to drop a few kilos on a sustainable basis. Wisdom, tools and recipes to take back your health from processed sugary foods. Don't miss reading this for your health.
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September 23, 2016

Not completely complete!
Some of the recipes are worth keeping but he doesn't give the sugars in the recipes nutrition info. That to me is important info
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Sep 10, 2019

4 stars but only if you take out and/or discount everything he says about supplements.

As far as his assertion that we all need supplements - I realize that there are people out there who are "metabolically" sick, so that an individual who is diabetic and taking insulin is completely different than someone who is trying to take a more proactive approach to avoid lifestyle diseases. And while some of these people might benefit from taking supplements, to simply take these "drugs" which do impact 4 stars but only if you take out and/or discount everything he says about supplements.

As far as his assertion that we all need supplements - I realize that there are people out there who are "metabolically" sick, so that an individual who is diabetic and taking insulin is completely different than someone who is trying to take a more proactive approach to avoid lifestyle diseases. And while some of these people might benefit from taking supplements, to simply take these "drugs" which do impact our bodies much the same way more traditional pharmaceuticals do, seems irresponsible at best and maybe dangerous at worst. I get that he is a doctor, and maybe under his care with specific testing and monitoring these supplements offer patients a better alternative to the conventional treatment of diseases like diabetes, but to encourage people to blindly take a virtual cocktail of supplements sort of feels like hypocrisy on Hyman's part.

I also do not accept that we all need supplements. That's just alarmist, you better buy my product and pop this pill or else, and there is tons of research out there to support that supplements are not necessary for health but could even be detrimental to it.

Supplements aside, Hyman's book offers a lot of insight into the role that lifestyle plays in promoting health or disease and highlights some solid strategies for making better choices.

He promotes a whole foods, plant-based diet, regular exercise, stress-management, and good sleep. In my mind and experience both personal and professional, these really are the four pillars of good health. He also advocates for personalized medicine/functional medicine, which is a emerging branch of medicine that focuses on promoting health as a means of preventing and curing disease as opposed to simply treating disease without addressing the underlying causes behind it. This is an idea many practitioners embrace, even if managed care has limited their ability to successfully practice it with their own patients. It's the difference between what's ideal and what is practical based on the restraints that many medical professionals are forced to work against.

Perhaps the greatest strength of Hyman's book is that it asserts that we can both prevent and cure disease by the choices we make. Just because you have a family history of diabetes or even diabetes doesn't mean that you are destined to a life on insulin. There is a tremendous amount of research to support this notion. Better health, optimal health, really is within our control, most of the time. And if we hope to get a handle on non-communicable diseases (aka preventable diseases) we need a paradigm shift in how we approach disease...both in treatment and prevention. ...more
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Oct 08, 2015

I really feel like this book has a lot of good information. My complaint is the extra and repetitious info that made the book tedious. Everything could have been said in less than half the time.

Still like I said, the information was good and I do believe that our diet has a lot to do with the diseases and conditions that we acquire. There are a few recipes included but I didn't see anything that appealed to me personally. This is a book I would still recommend for those persons who want to make I really feel like this book has a lot of good information. My complaint is the extra and repetitious info that made the book tedious. Everything could have been said in less than half the time.

Still like I said, the information was good and I do believe that our diet has a lot to do with the diseases and conditions that we acquire. There are a few recipes included but I didn't see anything that appealed to me personally. This is a book I would still recommend for those persons who want to make healthy lifestyle changes. ...more
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June 8, 2018

Updated nutritional information! Well-sourced; presented in laymen's terms
The up-to-date information is excellent. This is written in language for the layman with source information given so if you want to research on your own, you can. There's always room for improvement and nutritional information on products change based on new studies not funded by the industry that sells them. I gave it 4 stars because I tried a few of the recipes and while I'm sure they are nutritionally sound, they didn't wow me. I will keep trying them, however. Don't purchase as a cookbook; use the recipes as suggestions and "fix" them to your taste. Consider adjusting what you already like using healthier ingredients. I stick to the "calories in, calories out" belief as well. But now I will eat a b-l-t-a without guilt. Yes, I will use bread; probably sourdough (my fav). I will limit my carbs but not give up grains entirely. At least not at first. I'm looking at my panini grill and thinking the key word is "grill" so I can make grilled cheese sandwiches (limiting dairy but not giving it up) with slices of grilled zucchini, tomato and mozzarella (and basil?). I like the nutritional info and discussions. I've seen you on tv and you are trim and healthy looking; and my primary care physician likes you and your books as well - that's probably my best recommendation because he and I discuss nutrition at every visit. He told me you communicate with other doctors in an electronic format. That is also a great recommendation since they are obviously listening and suggesting your book may be worth reading!
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May 03, 2012

So far, it is saying what I have said for years that the medical community treats symptoms and not causes. Our body is similar to a finely tuned engine where all the components must be in balance otherwise problems will develop. I'm only one-third through the book and feel like what I'm reading has a lot of truth to it. Here is a statement from the book: In Chapter 6 Functional Medicine: A New Approach to Reverse This Epidemic: "The Question isn't 'What disease do you have?' but 'Which system or So far, it is saying what I have said for years that the medical community treats symptoms and not causes. Our body is similar to a finely tuned engine where all the components must be in balance otherwise problems will develop. I'm only one-third through the book and feel like what I'm reading has a lot of truth to it. Here is a statement from the book: In Chapter 6 Functional Medicine: A New Approach to Reverse This Epidemic: "The Question isn't 'What disease do you have?' but 'Which system or systems are out of balance?' The goal is to understand what disturbs the normal function of these systems, and how we can create optimal function."

There are testing questions that will help you find the imbalances in your body and set about correcting them. I can't wait to reach the end not of the book but to put into action the things I'm learning and to reverse some of the destructive imbalances in my body. It's like having a Jaguar that isn't running correctly. If I were a car that is what I would be. So I want to become a body mechanic in my own life. I will update this when I am through and maybe weeks into my progress if this is a project I decide to persue.

OK...OK..it's been 41 days. I know it took me a long time. There was a lot to digest and absorb.
Here is my update:

"The Blood Sugar Solution" by Mark Hyman, MD. I've been reading and re-reading it for some time. It is what I believe medicine should be. It is called Functional Medicine. In almost every case, and in every area, any system must have balance to function correctly. If you were installing a pond in your yard as a landscape element, all the elements of the pond must fit together in such a way that the pond reaches homeostasis. Homeostasis is the property of a system that regulates its internal environment and tends to maintain a stable, constant condition of properties such as temperature or pH(and other things for the human body). It can be either an open or closed system. That's one example. A car engine is composed of many parts with different functions that must be within a certain range to work in balance with one another at which point you have a fine running car. In our bodies all the parts must work together for us to be healthy and stable. Just as we should run a certain octane gasoline in our car, we need certain elements in our body in certain quantities and we need to feed it a certain quality of food for energy and nourishment. It is not just for Diabetics. This information will work for anyone. This book explains the 7 areas that need to be in balance for you to be healthy. They are 1. Boosted Nutrition, 2 Regulated Hormones, 3. Reduced Inflammation, 4. Improved Digestion, 5. Maximized Detoxification, 6. Enhanced Metabolism, 7. Soothed Mind. There are quizzes you can take in each of these areas that will show what areas are possibly in an unbalanced state. The quizzes check Magnesium, Essential Fatty Acids, Thyroid, Sex Hormones, Inflammation, Digestion, Toxicity, Energy Metabolism, Oxidative Stress, Stress and Adrenal Fatigue, and Diabesity ( a new term coined by this author). Once you take the tests, you can take your score and rate what level of imbalance you are in and then follow the plan to put it into balance. As it is in anything worthwhile, nothing is simple. Why? Why? Why? I wish something could be simple!

As you start the plan, you will give yourself a starting point by measuring and weighing.

Journal what you are doing and what changes you notice. Find out what supplements will help in this challenge. You will have to eliminate certain foods and drinks from your diet to break addictionsfor at least 6 weeks. It gives you guidance on exercise. If you follow the plan, you have the chance of eliminating medication, reversing disease processes, losing weight, and finding a balanced healthy way of living. It will help you know how to maintain this lifestyle choice. I know that if your health is better, then you will be happier. I don't enjoy being sick. It is a total body adjustment. You will be tuned up and energized. I know this is a good choice for me and it is my plan to follow the directions I can and continue on the road to making a different choice about my life and my body. Change does not come easy to me. I have already been working on certain changes for the past two years. Some days I do great and other days I fall flat on my face. I get up and start again. My plan is to succeed. I don't beat myself up. I just pick myself up, dust myself off and continue on my way. I also give myself times when I'm free to do whatever I want without reprisal or guilt.

I hope you will be interested in this book. It is of benefit to everyone no mater what disease you have, whether you are skinny or fat, and no mater what age you are. Come join with me and find your healthy balance. ...more
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Mar 14, 2012

This book addresses one of the most important health issues of our time. And if you have friends or relatives who are struggling with their weight, or with high blood pressure and cholesterol, or other inflammatory conditions, we think you — and they — will want the guidance, perspective and practical wisdom this book provides.

We are currently in the middle of an epidemic of obesity and type 2 diabetes — what Dr. Hyman calls “diabesity” — that threatens more than half of all Americans. Even more This book addresses one of the most important health issues of our time. And if you have friends or relatives who are struggling with their weight, or with high blood pressure and cholesterol, or other inflammatory conditions, we think you — and they — will want the guidance, perspective and practical wisdom this book provides.

We are currently in the middle of an epidemic of obesity and type 2 diabetes — what Dr. Hyman calls “diabesity” — that threatens more than half of all Americans. Even more startling, most conventional doctors are having very little success in treating diabesity, which is the leading cause of chronic disease (think heart disease, dementia, high blood pressure, cancer, etc.) in the 21st century.

It’s important to know that The Blood Sugar Solution is not just for people who are diabetic or obese. In fact, Hyman tells us, most people who suffer from diabesity don’t even know it — and they also don’t know that this condition is 100 percent reversible.

In The Blood Sugar Solution, Dr. Hyman focuses on lifestyle — non-drug based approaches to preventing, treating, and even reversing diabesity.

Hyman’s compelling and accessible book includes many quizzes and tips like these to help you develop your own personalized self-care plan to improve things like hormonal imbalances, inflammation, metabolism and detoxification. ...more
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January 29, 2019

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Not really helpful
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August 9, 2016

Again, user error, want a cut to the ...
Again, user error, want a cut to the chase this is how it's done book- dont want all the explanation...
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September 20, 2016

Good Information but -- a very hard read full of ...
Good Information but -- a very hard read full of case. Histories that ramble on and on
Very disjointed. Good information if you can wade through it
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May 10, 2019

As prediabetic, this book has been a lifesaver of sorts... my blood glucose numbers are dropping! Dr. Hyman provides a lot of beneficial and eye-opening information.
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Sep 05, 2012

This book had some good information; however, there were two aspects of this book that I had a problem with. The first is that is was a constant AD for his website, which, at the time of reading it, did not have all of the features that he touted. Once these features were up, you have to pay $175 to access them. I also had a problem with how Dr Hyman was trying to get people to self-diagnose and self-medicate, which I think are very dangerous prospects as a physician. It is one thing to make This book had some good information; however, there were two aspects of this book that I had a problem with. The first is that is was a constant AD for his website, which, at the time of reading it, did not have all of the features that he touted. Once these features were up, you have to pay $175 to access them. I also had a problem with how Dr Hyman was trying to get people to self-diagnose and self-medicate, which I think are very dangerous prospects as a physician. It is one thing to make people aware of a situation, and completely another to tell people to take several supplements without really knowing what their specific issues are.

I do agree that we need to get away from sugars and white flour as a nation. I think it would help to cure what ails us. With the ever-rising rates of obesity in America, and with type 2 Diabetes being diagnosed at an alarming rate, to include children as young as 8 years old, I feel it is important to get the information out to the public and to have a vanguard that will help reverse this problem. Unfortunately, I do not seeing it happen at a rate that will be beneficial. We need more people talking about this devastating epidemic of 'diabesity' and the evils of highly processed foods.

Don't get me wrong. I think that there is good information in this book, but I also think that it could have been presented in a better way. I hope that America wakes up and stops its love affair with white flour and high fructose corn syrup. I think that we, as a nation, need to become more aware of our food and where it comes from and that medicine needs to start treating the cause of disease, not just putting more drugs in our bodies to find symptoms of what is truly wrong with us.

Once again, I did feel that this book could have been shorten by several pages (simply removing all of the plugs for his website alone would do that!) and it would have been more impactful to this reader, as I started to get annoyed by all of the references to website capabilities that were not easily accessible. I also felt it irresponsible of the publisher to allow a book to have so many quizzes and remedies and not state (again and again) that it is best to have a medical professional run tests and then prescribe courses of action instead of wholesale 'take these supplements and feel better'.

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