The Diabetes Solution is probably one of the most comprehensive books I have read on the issue – from describing all the problems leading up to prediabets, then the different types of diabetes, how it affects the body and how it works, lifestyle and eating changes, medication options, recipes to regulate blood sugar, and exercise suggestions. About the only thing missing are images for the recipes or to help visualize the technical discussions.
The book breaks down as follows: Part One (Know your enemy): Understanding type 2 diabetes; screening for type 2 diabetes; Understanding prediabets; Complications from diabetes; Understanding medications that treat diabetes; Understanding gestational diabetes. Part 2 (Manage your diabetes): Great foods, bad foods: what you should eat; The blood sugar budget; The recipes; Move it or lose it: how exercise and improve blood sugar; How stress and sleep affect type 2 diabetes; Bariatric surgery – when all else fails; The diabetes solution. Introduction, glossary, references are also included.
For those with a family with a history of diabetes, are currently overweight/obese, or over the age of 45, this really should be mandatory reading. Really, everything is covered in this book – there are no graphs, pretty pictures, or callouts – it’s all text and it is written in a very no-nonsense, no fluff, ‘this is how it is’ manner. There is a lot of technical information (actual biological descriptions of why diabetes happens and how it destroys the body), from how diabetes testing is done, what to expect, to whether or not it would be worth it to get medication to control pre-diabetes symptoms. It’s about a 2 hour, read, though, and very informative.
Make no mistake, this is a sobering view of the problem with complete discussions of the solutions available. As long as a person isn’t full blown diabetic, the disease can be prevented. But at the same time, symptoms won’t show up until far too late, so the reasons to get tested early and often are manifold.
Surprisingly, I really liked a lot of the recipes. It’s all normal food, nothing fancy, and includes a lot of foods we eat regularly but managed with a point system. Items that cause sugar spikes have to be eaten in more moderation than items that don’t – and they are all graded on a point system that equals 50 points a day. It makes it easy to use and follow the recipes (all of which have very easy preparation).
So yes, this is a very well written and comprehensive book – from pre symptom to post diagnosis.
Reviewed from an ARC.