Author: Daryl Wein

Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
ISBN-10: 152285827X
   ISBN-13: 978-1522858270

Physician Assistant Daryl Wein’s invaluable and insightful guide to how to cope with Type 2 Diabetes, which he asserts should be called carbosis, as it is a totally different disease to Type 1 Diabetes, has met with much substantive medical acclaim, although it has also raised some contention (not least of which is his advocating the non-consumption of all fruits).

Type 2 Diabetes: The Owner’s Manual should serve as a comforting balm to those who are left reeling from a diagnosis that reduces many a person to tears, let alone totally flummoxed about what to do next. The book offers sound medical guidance from a proven professional who is unafraid to state that he, too, was, at one stage, devastated by hearing that he himself had fallen prey (as he saw it at the time) to this feared disease. Wein has deliberately aimed the book at the widest audience possible, thus making it extremely readable and accessible to all members of the general public, no matter how scant their medical knowledge. The compassionate and empathetic approach taken by the author enables the reader to immediately grasp the message that he intends to convey. And the message itself is extremely reassuring, being presented so simply and directly that total newcomers to the disease should be inspired to stick to the do’s and don’ts that he recommends.

Readers who are diabetics should easily be able to relate to the various case studies of patients with whom he has worked over the years, which should help to enable them to identify how they are managing the disease. The dangers of not following the dietary guidelines (which tend to be very broad indeed, being summed up as “Short List A – The BAD STUFF – DON’T EAT THESE!”, consisting of sugary foods and starchy foods, and “Short List B – the IDEAL DIET FOR CARBOSIS”, consisting of the foods that are lowest in carbohydrates) are clearly summarised in the mnemonic “Blood-sugar Blanche” (B – Blind; L – Legs amputated; A – Atherosclerosis; N – Nerve problems; C – Circulatory problems; H – Heart disease; E – Existing only because of dialysis treatment) – a frightening scenario indeed, but relatively easy to avoid for those who are prepared to take their condition seriously. A useful Q & A section succinctly gives the answers to several most commonly asked questions, with one key one being “I thought eggs were high in cholesterol. Don’t I have to worry about the high amount of cholesterol in eggs?”).

Type 2 Diabetes: The Owner’s Manual ends with two extremely handy appendices, listing the most common foods sorted by total carbohydrate (Appendix A) and alphabetically (Appendix B). The source of information used is the USDA National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference, Release 25, but the contents clearly apply no matter where in the world the reader is based. In short, if you, or a close friend or relative, have recently been diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes, you should definitely consider acquiring your own copy of this extremely handy and helpful guide.