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Dear Dr. Bernstein,
I have recently read your book and must congratulate you on the most
informative and revolutionary contents. A friend in the USA recommended
the book to me as, at the age of 64, I have adult onset diabetes.
Having read your book and drastically changed my dietary
habits, I find that the symptoms have virtually all disappeared, so
it does seem to prove that the problem is diet-related. I am also
following your resistance training exercise plan, and this appears
to be working for me, too.
What is extraordinary is that the major institutions,
such as the British Diabetic Association, are still advocating the
high carbohydrate/low fat diet approach to diabetes, despite the growing
evidence from yourself and other sources that such a diet is harmful!
The main reason for my letter is that I feel you would
like to know that stevia-derived sweeteners are banned in Europe since
they are deemed to cause problems with the male reproductive system.
It would be wise to be cautious in the use of these products. Details
of the problem can be found on the
Food Standards Agency Web site .
MORE TESTIMONIALS FROM READERS:
Dear Dr. Bernstein
, In October, 2004 I
was diagnosed with diabetes type 2. My initial blood glucose reading
was 440, and I was started on insulin. The PA who saw me suggested
low carbohydrate diet, but also gave me the standard diabetes
exchange sheets and a talk on the ADA treatment methods. More>
Dear Doctor Bernstein,
I am 68 years of age and I was diagnosed as having diabetes type
two years ago. I attended lectures at the Royal Bournemouth Hospital
on diabetes and they advocated a carbohydrate high fibre diet
identical to the advice given to me by my own GP. I followed the
exercise routine and stuck to the diet for approximately one year.
found that I could not rely... More>
I was diagnosed with type I
in dental school at the age of thirty... always have been in"
good control" according to my Docs... three months ago the
muscles in my legs knotted up and my hands hurt... couldn't walk
a mile without starting to stumble... I had previously been a
runner and squash player as well as a windsurfer... I had sold
your book to the used bookstore because I thought your program
was too hard... got the book back, went on your program, and reversed
my symptoms... I can't thank you enough... Now I realize I don't
like my former gourmet foods enough to die for them...
Edwrd Epifani DMD Salem ,OR
I was diagnosed with high blood
sugar in March 2002 just before my 50th birthday.It seemed that
I was following in my fathers footsteps who was a diet controlled
Type 2 diabetic from a similar age.I refused oral medication recommended
by my doctor deciding that exercise and diet would suffice in
lowering my blood sugar and immediately started to get myself
into shape and follow the diet recommendation of Diabetes Australia
i.e.low GI high carbohydrate.During the first 6 months this worked
to a degree lowering my 3 month average blood sugar to 7.2 mmol/L
from over 10 mmol/L when first diagnosed. More>
I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in 1957 at
the age of six years, and
started on one insulin injection daily increasing to two each
day in 1959. In 1984 this increased to three injections daily
and since 1994 to four each day. I started self-blood glucose
testing in 1980, and of course before that I was testing urine.
I now test four times each day (using a plasma calibrated meter)
and I also do moderate exercise two to three times per week. more>
I discovered I had a glucose problem because my
diabetic brother-in-law had purchased your book and his meter
test on me showed a blood glucose of 148 at 10:30 p.m., long after
we had eaten. Although I had recorded a fasting glucose of 124
on my annual medical tests, my doctor never mentioned the possibility
of glucose intolerance. more>
- 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" more>
- Last month, June, 2002, I was diagnosed with type II diabetes.
BG levels ranged between 250 and 300. This was quite a
shock as there was no previous history of diabetes within my family.
- 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 of 7.0... more>
- I have been on Dr. Bernstein's plan for 4 weeks now.
I began taking insulin x 4 daily before Christmas 2001 after years
after oral meds. and many complications. Insulin really
controlled my BS better than orals anyway, but I was not pleased
with the overall results. The reponse from my physicians
and diabetes educators to my concerns about a 20 pound weight
gain in 5 months sent me looking for alternative approaches.
"You're going to gain weight" was unacceptable to me. more>
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... more>
I have been
a type II diabetic for 10 years, but did not read your book until
a year ago. I have to say that your book has most likely
saved my life and has certainly added years to it. When I started
living low carb, my blood sugars averaged 250 (and were climbing
despite my best efforts) and I had just been put on 1000 mg. of
Glucophage a day, my blood pressure was dangerously high and I
was more than 100 lbs over my ideal weight. Now a... more>
I heard your presentation many years ago at a Broda
Barnes Symposium. At that time I had my patients use your
tapes as a reference along with some hand outs that you had available.
Now of course I refer them to your book. I hope you know how
many lives you have saved and or extended the quality of their life
Thank you Genia I Kadile, M.A.
- A million thanks! A Type II on 850 Glucophage 2x a day:
MONDAY: My 2 hour readings, 219 and 268. First time to take
2 hour readings, usually do right before meals. Extremely depressing
to say the least! Especially after walking/jogging regularly,
MONDAY NIGHT.... more>
- My husband and I received his diagnosis as a Type II five months
ago. We were very disturbed, obviously, by the unsettling
and startling news that this (then) man of only 34 years and normal
weight had this condition. I had already been lowering my
carbohydrates after reading Protein Power by the Drs. Eades,
and noticed that your book was very highly recommended more>
- Dear Sirs,My wife Jane was hospitalized for 10 days in July.
Her BG numbers were in the 300's. She was on 1200
units of insulin a day. Now, five months later...
- I just wanted to say thanks. My mom was diagnosed with diabetes
3 years ago and began following your diet over two years ago.
It's amazing what a difference it makes. She's always...
- I live in Nairobi and regularly work for long periods in humanitarian
crises in Congo, Sudan, Burundi and Somalia - not ideal places
to get medical treatment! Four months ago I was diagnosed
with Type II diabetes as a result of symptoms including excessive
urinating and blurred vision.
I had a blood sugar reading of 384.
- Following your guidelines over 2 years, I have lost 52 lbs.,
my BG is
normal, HbA1c is 4.5! You have the right idea, why don't the
"authorities" see it? My doctor is in awe- my health
has never been better, I look good and feel good. I refused traditional
treatment when I was diagnosed 2 years ago (prescribed diabeta),
and I'm glad I did.
I was diagnosed 7-20-00 w/diabetes. My fasting
sugar was 300. I followed the Atkin's diet for awhile but
my fasting sugar was still too high - 145 . I then searched
on the web for help - and found the book from Richard Bernstein
- I purchased the book and have followed his diet now for 1 year
and have lost 53 lbs. I also have a normal liver (it was
high before) and my A1c is ranges 95-100. I'm 33 years old
and finally feel young.
I am a Type I diabetic with 27 years diabetes "experience"
(one year 27 times) and thought I had got a grip on my condition.
My diabetologist said my HgB A1C's at 7% were supposedly "perfection,"
that the appearance of small amounts of microalbumin in the urine
was "not outside the boundaries of expectation" (???) and that
it was normal to continue to gain weight as I approached 40 and
I recently sent the following e-mail to Balance,
the magazine of Diabetes UK, the largest Diabetes Charity here.
It is in response to an article they published characterizing
lo-carb diets as "fad diets" which they do not recommend...
I am a newly diagnosed (eight months), thirty year
old, British, male Type 1 diabetic and simply must write to tell
you what a profound difference Dr. Bernstein's book and methods
have made to my life. more>
I'm a nutritionist who works with diabetic patients,
among others. I recently introduced a Type I diabetic (for 50
years) to your book. He was initially resistant, being very
well-educated (read brainwashed) as to the necessity for a high
carb, low fat diet, the danger of protein to the kidneys, etc.
I asked him to please just try your method for two weeks.
Thank you for writing the book Diabetes Solution
. We were made aware of your book after my wife learned she
had Type II diabetes last year. We purchased the book from Bayer
after we purchased the Elite Blood Glucose Meter. My wife was
advised by her doctor to attend a meeting with a nurse from the
local Visiting Nurses Association to get instructions regarding
use of the blood glucose meter, diet, exercise, etc. She was advised
by the nurse to follow the instructions in the eleven NIH publications
by NIDDK that explain in detail all aspects of living with diabetes.
Last year my blood sugars were once again out
of control, "whack", and once again I made my trip to Kaiser,
and once again I was told to increase my dosage of Tolanase. I
knew there was a better way, but fear, laziness, whatever kept
me from doing anything. Asking the doctors at Kaiser about alternative
treatments always brought the same lame advice: "eventually" you
will be on insulin so there's really nothing that can be done,
except follow the ADA diet and exercise.
I decided on a low-carbohydrate regimen. In the
past I'd lost weight on low fat/low calorie diets, but I always
packed it back on, and more with each cycle. Moreover, I prefer
meat, fish, cheese, and eggs to brown rice and collard greens.
And then, it seemed reasonable to me, carbohydrates being the
chief contributor of glucose in the blood, the fewer carbohydrates
in the diet, the better the chance of getting the blood sugar
count down. more>
I have had Type 1 diabetes for 25 years. I had
a lot of different problems with it. I was waking up every day
with sugars around 400. My doctor said it was probably because
I was over medicating myself at night and having hypoglycemia
during the night, therefore bouncing back up before morning. I
didn't buy it . more>
As a type two diabetic for 8 years, I was out
of control, taking the maximum doses of orals, exercising like
a fiend, following the American Diabetes Association's recommended
diet, yet still getting worse and worse. Eventually, I had to
start insulin. In December 1999, first 10 units before a.m. and
p.m. meals, then 12, 14, 18, 20.... up to 40 units before p.m.
meal and 25 before breakfast. I was doing exactly what the doctors
ordered, ate right, exercised, took the prescribed orals and insulin,
monitored 4 times a day, and had to take more and more insulin,
gaining more and more weight.
A month ago I was told by a PA about your thinking
regarding the treatment of diabetes by keeping the blood sugars
under control. I am doing this as good as I can and am shedding
the three Tolazomide pills I was taking on top of Metformin 850,
taking 2 per day. It is simply great how well it works. I speak
about this wherever I go, recommending your way of doing things
to everybody and his brother.
Here is another letter from a person who is very
grateful for your work, and the publication of your book,
Dr. Bernstein's Diabetes Solution.
I expect that you will
have hundreds, if not thousands, of similar letters on your files
by now, but I feel compelled to write to you and express my thanks
for giving me the information I needed to allow me to take my
life back again, now that my blood sugar levels have become normalised.
It is with great pleasure that I write this letter
to you. I would like to report to you the great success I have
had with my Type II diabetes, due primarily to the advice found
in your book. Let me back up and explain. This past January I
went in to the hospital for pre ops for minor surgery on my leg.
My blood glucose at that time was 275. The day of surgery it was
277. Guess you could say I had a REAL problem.
After reading your book, I was greatly encouraged
and uplifted. I have had Type I diabetes for 14 years, and never
seemed to get it under control. I have always been slightly overweight,
and my bad control was blamed on my eating habits and inability
to lose weight. But all along I was following the ADA diet and
seeing a "diabetic" dietician.
Age 67, height 5.7, normal weight as young man:
9st 6lb. Following vast overindulgence in food and alcohol, weight
at age 40: 14st, 6lb. Current weight: 10st.
I was fortunate enough that the first book I
read after being diagnosed with type II diabetes was Dr. Bernstein's
Diabetes Solution. At the time of diagnosis (August 1999) I weighed
228 lbs., more>
I was diagnosed as a type 2 five years ago. I
suspect I HAD diabetes years before but the only time I recall
it mentioned to me was in the context of my being borderline.
Hi! My husband purchased your book for me shortly
after he decided to begin the Atkins' Diet. I have been diabetic
since January '97, and did well on the traditional diabetic diet...for
a while. more>
I'm a newly diagnosed overweight diabetic II.
I'm on no meds and limit my carbs to about 50gms/day. In 4 mo.
I've seen lots of benefits--lower and stable blood sugar, higher
HDL, lower LDL, triglycerides, BP and liver enzymes.
Since developing diabetes type II in the early
1990s, my blood sugar level raged out of control from the 200's
to the high 300's. At first I failed to take my disease seriously.
I had checked out every book on Diabetes Type
2 to try to stay off medications. The doctors, educators and dieticians
were no help--none of them believed an obese woman could stay
off meds with diet and exercise.
I found Dr. Bernstein's Diabetes Solution
the best general information book about diabetes I've ever
read. more >
It has begun! Actually, it all began 7 years
ago. I was diagnosed with diabetes. "Just don't eat any sweets
and take 15 units a day of 70/30." Those were my doctor's instructions.
Doc: Is this a joke or what? After almost 40
years of busting a gut to maintain HA1C levels just over 6 on
a high carbo diet, I make the transition to your regimen and am
getting blood glucose numbers to die for--FROM DAY ONE!
Dr. Bernstein, Thankyou, Thankyou, Thankyou!!!!
Before I started eating a low carb high protein diet on June 23,
1999, my lipids were HDL: 55, LDL: 52 Triglycerides: 376.
You have given hope to myself and several fellow
employees at my place of employment and for that I thank you.
Your book is well written and very easy for the layman to understand
and apply to our lives. Thank you for life saving information
and hope for a full & rewarding life. David A. Bailey
After finding out the hard way (landed myself
in ICU) that I had diabetes at all, I came to the Interent to
solicit sugar-free recipes and just plain suggestions on how to
deal with taking insulin and glucophage. I got only 1 response.
After a week [of following Dr. Bernstein's
], I lost eight pounds, and my neurological
symptoms were vastly improved. Now, six months later, I have lost
over forty pounds, my blood sugar level is nearly normal, and
I feel better than I have in many years.
Other than the small adjustment in diet, Dr.
Bernstein's program actually results in greatly increased daily
schedule flexibility over traditional diabetic methods of management
because the intensive insulin regime better tracks the body's
natural hormonal processes.
I have had long-term diabetes and was suffering
from neuropathy of hands and feet, impaired gait, digestive problems
and sporting an A1c of 10.8 when I discovered Dr. Bernstein's
book in September, 1997. more
I just had to write and thank you from the bottom
of my heart for writing your book, Dr. Bernstein's Diabetes
. My husband is 42 years old and was diagnosed as
a Type II diabetic over 10 years ago. He had a severe foot infection
this past summer and had slowly become impotent. I could see myself
as a widow before finding your book.
When I was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes in
April 1997, my bg reading was over 400, my first Halc reading
was nearly 11, and I was about 15 pounds overweight. The diet
my doctor wanted me to follow included about 300 carbs a day,
and he put me on two oral medications. I wasn't willing to accept
everything my doctor told me, so I did some of my own research.
Among the first books I purchased was Dr. Bernstein's Diabetes
Solution. more >
I was diagnosed a type 1 diabetic last June.
I am 25 years old. Over the past year I have been "honeymooning",
which is a temporary condition where the beta cells function again
and produce insulin. The "honeymoon" usually lasts a couple months,
but I have prolonged it by keeping my numbers low through exercise
and good diet--I thought. more
I was diagnosed with Type II diabetes and given
a regular low fat/high carbohydrate diet. I had a hard time keeping
my counts under 200. After starting your program I am completely
off the meds and have lost 30 lbs. My glucose counts are consistently
averaging about 100. more >
Have been following Dr. Bernstein's Diabetes
formula since March, lost 15 lbs, and my labs are
ALL NORMAL!! more >