The Blood Sugar Solution, Hyman Dr.

Daniela‘s review

Feb 01, 12 · edit
3 of 5 stars
Read in February, 2012
The Blood Sugar Solution is a very complex book about the effects of food, especially carbohydrates, on the blood sugar/insulin levels and in turn their effect on the health. It is full of information about different deseases that are caused by insulin imbalance and insuline resistance. However it is much more than a book for diabetics or those who are trying to avoid becoming diabetic, as it states a few cases in which everything from skin conditions, to depression and yeast infections can be cured without further medication if one follows the blood sugar solution program. Most of the ideas in the book have been published before such as looking at the glycemic index of foods by following a green light, yellow light, red light system (“The GI diet”, Rick Gallop amongst others); gluten as the “bad guy” as described in “The Wheat Belly”, William Davis -which I was fortunate enough to review for Netgalley… ; the set up of your plate into three sections of 50% greens, 25% meat & 25% starch as well) amongst many others and when one looks at the glossary of books and articles used at the end it becomes apparent, that the author of The Blood Sugar Solution has with his book established a compilation of many previously published theories on how diet affects our health. So regarding the information concerning knowledge about foods and nutrients and their influence on the human body, there isn’t any ground breaking news to be found here. It is however -because of the load of facts and data- a very informative, if sometimes long winded and repetitive book. The one thing that makes this book stand out is that it not only incorporates the usual diet plus exercise, but really emphasizes a conscious change in ones relationship to food, others and oneself and the avoidance of toxins in our environment and food. It is a very holistic approach to better health through an old idea of completely cutting out starches and gluten as well as dairy out of ones diet. What’s great is though, is that it is a six week program. This is an attainable amount of time to be spend on getting better. And it doesn’t end there. The author explains how after this period some starches, gluten and dairy can be reintroduced and tested as to their affect on ones well being. So the diet doesn’t stay exclusive. The reintroduction is not a new idea, but the way on how to monitor the influence of the individual food substances is significant. It is helpful is that the author has included many lists and questionairs that can be easily done by anyone. And a complete breakdown of what is done each of the six weeks of the program is also quite comprehensive. The program is radical! But his approach of Functional Medicine, with the idea of healing the body from within by feeding it the right things, instead of covering up underlying causes of illnesses by just treating the symptoms make the authors ideas very compelling especially should one score high in one of the quizzes, which indicates that one is on the way to being diabetic or already there. So in essence it boils down to the following: Medicating oneself possibly for the rest of ones life with immens side effects and the danger of having the underlying cause of diabetis escalate – as blood sugar lowering medications do just that, yet do not address the issue of the actual insuline resistance of the individual and make matters worse as the insuline keeps offsetting sensitive balances in the body- or following Dr. Hymans Blood Sugar Solution program for six weeks? If I had scored high in any of the quizzes I would try this in a heart beat. As it is I would recommend this book and its program to anyone who thinks that they even remotely fall into the catagory of diabetes or prediabetes and the many symptoms that come with it. Amongst the illnesses he claims can be cured are many that one wouldn’t think of when hearing diabetis (in fact he calls it diabesity) such as depression, ADHD, allergies autoimmune deaseases such as MS, cancer, demantia and many more. A six week trial to see if things get better through following this program sounds very reasonable and can be easily followed as there is a quizz for that as well, progress from before to after will be monitored and gives one a picture of the results. Another very important factor is that for extra support a lot of information, including the quizzes, some recipies etc. are available on Dr. Hyman’s website. It’s mentioned about a hundred times in the book so you can’t miss it!

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