I saw Dr. Bernstein speak
in 1998 and it completely changed the way I treat
people with diabetes. Since
that time, I have seen phenomenally better results.
Though it is true the book is highly anecdotal, it
is always right on in my experience. Dr. Bernstein
is an incredibly humble and honorable person as well,
a true critical thinker, who questions without belligerence
for the truth about diabetes.
This book is a must for everyone who
treats people with diabetes, and for everyone with
Reviewer: Eric L., Yarnell (Seattle, WA,
I'm a 41 year
old male and have recently been diagnosed with pre-diabetes
(whatever it is called), with diabetes
running in the family, so to get up to speed on the
subject I ordered a pile of books (12 of them) off
Amazon including this one. I've been through them
all and this one I found the best in its explanations
of the various aspects of the condition, the various
treatments, and many other relevant details.
Dr Bernstein was an engineer with type 1 diabetes
and became a doctor to be able to help others with
his experiences and findings; he conveys intimate
and detailed knowledge about the condition and all
its aspects, and generally impresses with the information
The diet is not exactly appetising plus its very
time consuming to have to calculate food details all
the time I guess (not having tried it and not hoping
to have to try it for awhile), however I will always
keep this book in my bookcase "just in case"
- if I do get diabetes and complications occur, I
will grab this book and give it a shot. Because it
is more believable than most of the other stuff out
there, for the reason that it comes from someone who
found out all of this himself, then became living
proof of his own theory.
I would buy this book initially for the descriptions
of how diabetes works, how the treatments work and
what the various dangers are, exercises provided,
etc. - it is well worth its cost for this information
alone. Secondly, the diet may come in handy in case
of complications etc. and if other treatments don't
And Dr Bernstein does indeed answer the phone himself
as another writer also mentioned - I called just before
opening hours and sure enough got to talk to the man
Reviewer: A reader
For the 18 years I have been a
Type 1diabetic, I have not found a more comprehensive
source of information on diabetes, which has
often frustrated me. This book gives a very thorough
picture of the issues related to diabetes, and not
only as it relates to diet. It even encompasses things
like foot care and other issues diabetics might face.
The book was somewhat scary to me as I finally understood
what my average blood sugars read (A1c tests) and
I found that my own average was 200. I am finding
that my insulin use is not great for control, and
that this diet is likely to get me there. I am somewhat
uncomfortable with the low carb thing, but having
tried it for the past week, I find it to be not so
bad, and my blood sugar levels are decreasing. My
doctor handed me this book, and insisted I try it.
What I especially like is the detailed information
on how to adjust insulin based on your own metabolism.
This is information no one has bothered to discuss
with me all this time.
Reviewer: Karen A. Robertson (Belding, MI)
How does one begin to
thank someone for saving their life?
I was diagnosed with Type II Diabetes in January 2002.
It was devastating because I have had ten members
of my father's family die of Diabetes related problems
(including my father). My elder sister had also developed
the disease and was already taking seven tablets a
day and still not achieving blood glucose levels in
single figures. In the UK we use a slightly different
method of measuring BG. I have found that to understand
your book properly I just divide your BG figures by
18 to convert them to the UK equivalent.
I was put on the usual high carb diet and given no
medications and have been left alone for three months
to "see how I get on". Well, until I discovered
your book I was not getting on well at all. My blood
glucose readings were hovering in the range of 10(180
mg/dL) to 14(252 mg/dL) and I can remember my absolute
delight when I actually saw a reading of 9.4(75 mg/dL)
at one time! However, since buying your precious book
and following your regime my blood glucose levels
have dropped to 6.4(115 mg/dL) - 7.1(127 mg/dL)(apart
from the dawn phenomenon which, without any medication
I am unsure how I can overcome this). I fully expect
my BG levels to fall further over the coming weeks
(after all, I have only been on the regime for 11
days!!!!!! I expect that before my next visit to my
doctor in two weeks I will have reached normal levels
and will be extremely proud to tell her how I have
achieved this with your help.
I am so very grateful that I found your book before
it was too late. My eyesight has not been affected
and my body shows no signs yet of any diabetes problems
apart from a very slight raise in protein in the kidney
for which I have been prescribed Ramipril 10mg per
day. Now I am confident that I will never develop
complications and that I will live a full and happy
life with normal BG levels.
I read your book with tears streaming down my face
when I discovered that, at last, there was somebody
who truly understood what I had been and was going
through. I also recommended the book to my sister.
My sister and her husband (also diabetic and extremely
ill after 7 strokes) both rang me to tell me that
they were overcome with emotion at finding a solution
at long last to their problems.
Thank you so very much. These are very inadequate
words to express my feelings. I wish I could visit
you myself to thank you properly. You are wonderful.
67 Lloyd Street,
Three years ago I was diagnosed
with diabetes. I was like a walking Krispy Krem donut.
After folliwng Dr. Bernsten's advise, watching my
carbs, doing my blood tests several times a day, following
an exercise program, I lost 35 pounds. Last month
when I went for my checkup, my test showed I was not
diabetic. I know I am still diabetic, it's just I
have it under control to the point my blood sugar
level does not show I am diabetic. I bought 5 books
when I was found to be diabetic, none of them gave
the insight and understanding that this book did.
Very easy reading, easy to understand, and gives you
more of an understanding then most of the doctors
you will encounter in your diabetic travels.
Reviewer: Larry McKinnon (Fremont, ca USA)
Don't need 1,000 words. Outstanding
says it all. I have been fighting diabetes
for several years and Dr. Berstein described my doctor
to a T. I have started following his diet and both
my blood sugar has leveled off and my blood pressure
is down. After reading the book I now understand why
I was having problems with both my blood sugar and
weight. This should be required reading for every
doctor. Also, Dr. Berstein has put into simple language
for the non-technical/non-medical personnel exactly
what diabetes is, what causes it and how you can stop
it from doing further damage to your body. I only
regret that I did not know about this book sooner.
Reviewer: A reader
I am a physician specializing
in metabolic medicine. I am a diabetic educator and
lecture frequently at various physician conferences.
I am in awe of the masterpiece Dr. Bernstein
has put together. Never has there been a work so thorough,
accurate, understandable and most importantly, effective.
He's encompassed the entire topic so effectively that
no question is left unanswered. This could only be
done by someone who is not only well educated but
also experienced and passionate about the topic. There
is no doubt that this book will save thousands of
lives. For the first time in history, a diabetic who
follows Dr. Bernstein's advice will have the opportunity
to live beyond the average life expectancy as he or
she will be far healthier than the average non-diabetic.This
book is an essential component to the library of every
diabetic and every physician who cares for diabetics.
Reviewer: David P. Leonardi, M.D. "dleonardi3"
(Las Vegas, NV USA)
Dear Dr Bernstein,
I was diagnosed with Type I diabetes
20 years ago, at the age of 9. After struggling
for years to maintain good blood sugars despite religiously
exercising for an hour a day, taking up to 8 shots
a day, checking my blood sugar constantly, and eating
all of the "right" foods, my blood sugar
control was still very poor, with wildly fluctuating
blood sugars. Just as I was at the "end of my
rope" and ready to resign myself to a life of
crazily inconstant energy levels and diabetic complications,
I read your book at the recommendation of a friend.
After following your diet and insulin regimen, my
blood sugar control went from the "poor"
range to the "good/excellent" range within
days. In addition to my haemoglobin being virtually
cut in half by my next doctor's appointment, my cholesterol
dropped as well. Unfortunately, even which such dramatic
results, my doctors still seemed relatively disinterested
in looking into your methods further. It seems as
if the narrow-minded & ridiculous high carbohydrate
diabetic regimen is still being subscribed to by many
in the medical establishment. Fortunately though,
after a year and a half of dropping haemoglobin A1C
tests, my diabetic nurse has finally admitted that
at my diabetic clinic, many patients following the
diet which you prescribe (or similar) are experiencing
spectacular results, but the medical community at
large is still putting up stubborn resistance to the
low-carbohydrate diet. I want to personally thank
you for your tenacity and courage in moving forward
with prescribing this method of diabetic treatment.
Your methods have finally helped me achieve excellent
blood sugars and have helped me remember, after 20
years, of what life was like before diabetes.
Dear Dr. Bernstein:
I've been a type 1 diabetic for
33 years. I read your book, Dr. Bernstein's Diabetes
Solution, about 10 months ago. I was amazed by all
the information about diabetes, in one book! This
book was indeed, a complete guide to achieving normal
blood sugars. I had considered myself well educated
on diabetes. Over the years my personal doctors have
told me I was doing very well. However, my hemoglobin
A1c tests have always ranged from 7.0 - 8.5. To really
be in "good control" and prevent complications
(long term), a diabetic should keep their blood sugars
in the non-diabetic range (hemoglobin A1c less than
6.0). However, it was difficult for me to get a A1c
Since reading your book, my last 3 hemoglobin A1c
tests have all been less than 6.0, one of my goals
for many years. My most recent A1c was 5.5, and it's
really not hard to do now... Your book is truly an
amazing resource of information for all aspects of
diabetes (type 1 or2). I now communicate with many
diabetics and strongly encourage them to visit your
web site, buy your book and use it to normalize their
blood sugars. I now believe, with only very few exceptions,
that any diabetic can get their A1c's less than 6.0
if they follow recommendations in your book. I could
comment on so many helpful sections of your book...
For example, the chapter on "Strange Biology"
has helped me and many other diabetics understand
and control those "unusual things" that
can be very confusing and depressing. Your book has
helped me get to the level of control I had just hoped
for, for so many years.
Thanks for taking the time and effort to put this
book together. And we should all be thankful that
you had a vision one day in October of 1969, when
you saw an advertisement in Lab World about some new
device, a blood sugar meter, that could maybe give
a reading in 1 minute, using only a single drop of
Dennis Green - Phoenix, Arizona
(diabetic for 33 years)
If you or a loved one
has diabetes you MUST read this.
firstname.lastname@example.org from Atlanta, GA USA
I do long range underwater cave exploration. I cannot
afford *any* chance of hypoglycemic reactions, so
I've tried to control diabetes w/ diet and exercise.
I was loosing. My sugar was averaging 300, fasting
at 190-215, peaks after 100% ADA recommended meals
from 350-450. Exercising was becoming harder, if not
impossible. Started the 0 carb diet on Wed morning.
Its now Tue the following week. Fasting sugars are
at 117, average is about 100, peaks at about 122.
The first day, the average was down 100 points. Its
been going down 10 every day since. I used to have
to wait 1 or 2 days between 5 mile runs. Starting
thr after the diet I did 2 a day. I've run every day
since, sometimes twice a day, and have more energy.
I think Dr. Bernstein has quite possibly extended
my life by 20-40 years.
I cannot recommend this book highly enough. --
A real breakthrough in
Adrian Gilbert from England
I am a type 1 diabetic and have been for over twelve
years. I had more or less given up on ever having
proper control of my blood-sugars and was resigned
to putting on weight, having regular hypos/hypers
and the probability that before long I would start
suffering from the long-term effects of diabetes.
Not any more. Since reading Dr Bernstein's book my
life has changed dramatically. OK it is a bit tough
having to give up on bread, cereals, potatoes etcetera
but it isn't that difficult. (After all, diabetic
already don't eat things like sweets and cakes, right?)
I have now been on his
diet for about a month and have been going to the gym
three times a week. Already I feel so much better. My
blood-sugars are now mostly normal, I am losing weight
and I feel much more alert. What more could you ask?
I cannot recommend this book highly enough. If you
are a diabetic yourself you need this information.
If you know one, then give it to them as
a birthday present. It will be the best gift you could
ever think of.
This book has saved my
(email@example.com) from Llandudno,
Within just two weeks of purchasing this book my blood
glucose readings have fallen from being consistently
over 11 to 6 and I am sure that within another week
they will have fallen still further! I have already
lost 8lbs in weight and haven't felt hungry once!
This is a fantastic solution to all my problems. I
can now look forward with confidence to a bright and
healthy future. I was diagnosed with Type II diabetes
in January of this year and thought my world had come
to an end. Following the recommended diet prescribed
by my doctor my blood glucose levels were constantly
high and I was constantly hungry! Dr Bernstein's wonderful
book has probably saved my life and the lives of everyone
else that I can persuade to read it. For British readers
I would recommend that you keep a calculator handy
and just divide the American Blood Glucose readings
by 18 to get the British equivalent as it will make
understanding the book just a little easier. I can
heartily recommend this book. Don't hesitate. The
only thing you have got to lose is your high blood
glucose and a bit of excess weight - what's wrong
Go on, be in charge of your diabetes management
at last. You will not regret it!
Review from a control
P.Medina "medina155" (Winter Garden,
FL United States)
Yes, I have to be in control. Not of everything, but
when dealing with my personal health or that of my
family I cannot just blindly follow whatever is the
current thinking...IF it doesn't make sense. What
a relief to read Doctor B's book in which he gives
all the specifics behind his method of controlling
high sugars. Of course It takes discipline to follow
his advice but that's not too hard for those of us
who want some control over our own health . I am 46
and have just recently been diagnosed with type 1
diabetes. I am so thankful I stumbled upon this book.
Due to following Dr.B's program I have been able to
cut back on my insulin requirements and will be requesting
my doctors to make further cut backs soon. I also
really appreciate that Doctor Bernstein holds out
the hope that with proper control those of us who
still have some functioning beta cells MAY be able
to preserve them. With all the medical advancements
being made this may be helpful for many diabetes down
the road. Can you believe I went to a diabetes education
class and they told me that there was no way they
could be preserved? NO EXCEPTIONS.. That seemed pretty
That was the last of my classes thankfully.
Dr B's book has taught me so much more.
Eighteen Months Later—Bernstein's
Diane H. Murray (Pittsburgh,
PA United States)
I wrote a review of Dr. Bernstein's book in June
of 2000. At that time, I had lost 15 pounds and had
normalized my blood sugars using his regimen. Eighteen
months later, I am still following his diet and routines.
Most of the time my blood sugar is between 75 and
90 and my hemoglobin a1c is 4.6. I visited his office
in ... and have had phone contact and occasional visits
to his New York office since that time. (I live in
Pittsburgh, PA) I have now lost over 55 pounds and
kept it off. My cholesterol has improved so that it
is normal to low normal. Dr. Bernstein also diagnosed
a thyroid condition—which other doctors told
me I did not have—and with treatment, I am now
in the completely normal range of both T3 and T4 and
my energy levels are normal for the first time in
years. I do not find the lack of carbohydrates to
be that much of a sacrifice, especially considering
the damage that high blood sugars can cause. I have
found food items that help make up for the lack of
regular bread and potatoes (made by Ketogenics) that
help when I am hungry for bread, but do not adversely
affect my blood sugar. Dr. Bernstein is indeed available
24 hours a day. Last December, I awoke at 2 A.M. with
severe vomiting and diarrhea—very serious for
diabetics and I called his emergency number. He answered
the phone, gave me excellent instructions, and had
me contact him every few hours—through Christmas
Day—until I had recovered somewhat. I wish doctors
in my area would take his treatment and ideas more
seriously because they do work. When I have attempted
to add extra carbs to my diet, it ALWAYS raises my
blood sugar to unacceptable levels (over 110). If
I were to eat the diet recommended by the A.D.A.,
I would have severe problems with my blood sugar,
which would in turn affect my cholesterol and my heart.
I know because I used their diet and developed diabetes
while on it. Low fat, high carb (and I ate mostly
complex carbs—whole grains, beans, fruit, carrots,
beets) and avoided foods considered to be unhealthy.
I liked that food, but it certainly did not help my
condition, and I quickly gained weight on it after
initially losing weight. I have lost the weight on
the Bernstein diet and have NOT regained it.
The Bernstein program works for those who
follow it. I am very, very grateful I found the book
and I still highly recommend it to anyone who is diabetic,
is likely to be one or who has a loved one who has
Dr Bernstein's Diabetes Solution
is an entirely logical approach to controlling diabetes
- and it works. Within one day of starting
the plan, my blood glucose readings were within the
"normal" range and have remained so ever
since. I thoroughly endorse this book and would suggest
that the medical establishment accept his findings,
instead of continuing to suggest that diabetics should
consume relatively high quantitites of carbohydrate.
Struggling with horrid episodes
of hypoglycemia or raging up to blood sugar levels
of 15mmol? I am a rational, sceptical Type 1 diabetic
and I'm imploring you to read and act on this book!
Dr. Berstein had prescribed a method of blood sugar
control which is, quite simply, second to none. The
dietary restrictions he advocates are huge (no bread,
no potatoes,no pasta - and that's just for starters)
but his method really works! I am a Type 1 diabetic
and, having tried Berstein's method, feel absolutely
great with steady, consistent blood sugar levels and
colesterol levels and much better mental awareness.
If you live with diabetes and you're tired of being
told that high carbohydrate and low fat diets help
to control blood sugar (which they don't in real life,
no matter how hard you try)then buy this book. This
man really has changed the life of a very sceptical
Brit and I'm jolly grateful to him for it
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