Dr. Neal Barnard's Program for Reversing Diabetes: The Scientifically Proven System for Reversing Diabetes without Drugs

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Until now, most health professionals have considered diabetes a one-way street. Once you developed it, you were stuck with it--and you could anticipate one complication after another, from worsening eyesight and nerve symptoms to heart and kidney problems.

Enter Dr. Neal Barnard, who through a series of groundbreaking studies, the latest funded by the National Institute for Health, has shown it doesn't have to be that way. By following the diet outlined in this book, readers can control blood sugar three times more effectively than with the American Diabetes Association's diet and beyond that improve their bodies' ability to respond to insulin--in effect reversing the defining symptom of the disease. And there's more. Study participants lost weight, were able to cut back on and sometimes even discontinue medications, and left behind tedious exchange plans for delicious foods in generous portions.

It's a new way to treat diabetes.

Customer Reviews:

  • Great diet plan

    I found this diet plan is very helpful in my losing weight. I also drink alkaline water, and that has also helped in reducing the need to use diabetic medications....more info
  • Please Do Your Homework
    The diet in this book is a vegan version of the nearly-vegan, low-fat diabetes diet given by Nathan Pritikin (Live Longer Now, 1974); identical to the vegan diabetes diet of John McDougall, MD (The McDougall Plan, 1983); and a vegan version (without supplements) of the low-fat diabetes diet employed by Julian Whitaker, MD (Reversing Diabetes, 1987). All in all, the author's claims to originality don't hold any water.

    The only things original in this book seem to be the results of A1c measurements, and comparison with the ADA diet (which has been known to be lacking for many years).

    The author never mentions the highly successful diabetes treatment programs that have been in operation for the better part of 20-30 years at the Pritikin Longevity Center in Aventura FL, the Whitaker Wellness Institute in Newport Beach CA, and Dr. McDougall's Health and Medical Center in Santa Rosa CA. These three programs have successfully treated a combined total estimated at over 40,000 diabetes patients.

    The author never mentions how he, personally, lionized the Pritikin Program in one of his previous books (The Power of Your Plate, 1995), and then forgot about it in the present book.

    All in all, Dr. Barnard seems to want the reader to get the impression he invented the vegan diet and was the first to use it to treat diabetes. He does say, "A new idea," "We have completely redesigned the dietary approach to diabetes," ". . . an entirely new approach to diabetes," and "This program is truly a revolution." All claims that appear to be untrue and unwarranted.

    Whichever diabetes book you decide to read, first read Prtikin's Live Longer Now, 1974. Used copies are available on Amazon.com. I bought a nice used hardback for $5....more info
  • disappointed
    i awaited the book with impatience. i am a type 2 diabetic and looked forward to new insights and suggestions i could use.
    the explanations are probably good, but nothing new if you have read up on the condition. The program basically consists of eliminating all animal products, and reducing use of oils (and peanut butter). in fact, to me, a vegan diet, a switch i am not willing to make. i expected more of the book.
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  • I am amazed!
    Having a 13 and 15 year-old child both diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes at the age of four, I continue to be amazed with the lack of knowledge that most physicians express about Type 1 diabetes. It is obvious to me that Dr. Barnard is just another Doc on an ego high to make money by publishing. To title a book "Program for Reversing Diabetes" is once again irresponsible and erroneous by not stating on the cover that this ONLY applies to Type 2 diabetes and only a small percentage of Type 2 at best. Unfortunately, there is NO reversing of Type 1 diabetes. It is true that one can improve there glucose levels by using an insuling pump, exercising, and eating a healthy diet. But reversing Type 1 diabetes is not yet an option. After being an active diabetes advocate for over 10 years with several trips to D.C. and lectures from Doctors from the National Institute of Health, I have learned that the facts show that the treatment for Type 1 diabetes is very $$ lucrative and finding a cure is not worth the risk for private industry. The cure for Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes must come from Government funding (after the War). In the meanwhile, we will continue to have Doctors to profit from misleading information....more info
  • Dr. Bernard's Book
    This is a very comprehendable book. It is a quick, easy read with lots of data to back up his findings. I've already made changes in my eating choices and have begun to see great results! My blood sugar is beginning to become more stable and I feel beeter....more info
  • Dr. Neal Barnard's Program for Reversing Diabetes
    Great Program with scientific evidence that will help most all diabetics. Have been on this program for 5 weeks. Within the first week my blood glucose levels dropped 15-20 points. In the last four weeks I have maintained within 80-110 on my morning checks. Have used many of the recipes and amazingly am not hungry at all. I have eliminated the nightly dosage of Metformin. My goal is to eliminate all medications. The American Diabetes Association should rethink their diet plans....more info
  • Interesting Approach
    I am interested in this approach, but some of the scientific evidence seems to be based on rather small studies and some of those with not clearly spelled out designs. I think that there is probably a strong connection between the diet that Barnard is suggesting and the level of insulin resistance, but there may well be other factors involved. For example, no studies have been done looking at vegetarian versus vegan diets and the effect on type 2 diabetes. No studies are mentioned that try to quantify the effect of eggs alone, nor studies to measure the effect of milk products from different sources (goat cheese versus cow cheese, for example). Because of these omissions, it is hard not to feel like Barnard is pushing the vegan agenda for its sake alone....more info
  • Life Saver
    I must say that this latest information based in clinical research was a life saver. Generally I am a little leery of the medical "system". So I started this book with an attitude. I soon saw that the book is so well written and the information so practical, I knew I had found the information needed to help with this diabetes. I found that, based on previous information, I was heading down the wrong path. I have been using Dr. Barnard's program and experiencing wonderful results. I highly recommend this book....more info
    Awesome. The advise is solid and easily digestible. Absolute must read for any diabetic with type 2, and type 1 may benefit as well. This can literally save your life, and make time your friend instead of your enemy, and following the advise given can reverse type 2 insulin resistance allowing you to lower your meds or eliminate them entirely! Worth every penny....more info
  • Dr. Neal Barnard's Program for Reversing Diabetes
    It's wonderful. The first help I have received including my doctors. I have learned so much. All the things doctors either don't know or won't share. Thank you so much Dr. Barnard. I have real hope of getting rid of this type 2 diabetes COMPLETELY. I have become vegan, am shedding pounds and feel wonderful....more info
  • Program for Reversing Diabetes
    The goal is here is not to improve your diabetes but to CURE it! For Type II Diabetics there is no better gift to give to yourself or your family than to buy this book and follow the program....more info
  • Don't Throw the Baby Out with the Bath Water
    The title of this review will I hope keep the public interested in this book. It is in part a response to the Northern CA writer who warns you to note Dr. Barnard's background with PETA. He may or may not have an agenda within his book, but don't throw the baby out with the bath water. What he did for me was confirm something I uttered over twenty years ago, when I was first struggling with my new diagnosis. I found that I had more trouble with my blood sugars when I ate at the Chinese restaurant than I did when I ate sweets. I assumed it was the fat content of my favorite foods. His information regarding cells and keyholes is right on. I have been on his program for three weeks and am excited to feel so great again. I was taught by my first diabetes doctor that type II diabetes is hereditary and will show eventually if you live long enough, if you have inherited it. Age, hormones, and weight are the factors that make for high sugars. He doesn't talk about the age factor and that does leave me with more questions. We all need to understand ourselves and take part in our own care....more info
  • This book can save your life
    This book will teach you how to eat to save your life. It will reverse diabetes, heart disease, and other medical problems. It is very different from the usual american diet, but it works. It is delicious and easy to follpw...more info
  • Good book--but..............
    I found this book after being diagnosed as a type 2 diabetic. It prescribes a strict vegan diet as a means of reversing the disease. To date, my results have been very positive--my blood sugar has fallen and I am now clinically non-diabetic. That is pretty terrific. My only reservations are that Dr. Barnard does not disclose that he might be politically motivated. He never states that he has close personal ties to PETA, nor does he mention any considerations whatsoever might be a factor behind advancing his diet other than health. This raises the question--are there non-vegan alternatives which would also have good results?

    Conclusion: advancing animal rights is ethical as is advancing health. However, avoiding full disclosure of one's background, affilations and possible motivation is, if not unethical, certainly not optimal. Still, this is a good book....more info
  • Very Informative Book
    My husband is a Type 2 diabetic and although he controls it well, just as this book pointed out, the current diet and treatment are only slowing down the erosion of his health from the diabetes. The research and studies that Dr Bernard shares in the book gave us a much clearer understanding of what diabetes is, how it affects the body and what is the causes of the different types of diabetes.
    The diet that Dr Bernard's research has come up with may seem extreme to someone who has been following the typical high protein diet that the medical community endorses, but if you can have quality of life as you age, avoiding blindness, kidney failure and a host of other health problems by following Dr Bernard's recommended diet then I think it's worth trying. ...more info
  • Lost Weight But Blood Sugars Remained High...
    I stuck to this diet as posed in the book for 4 months. I did lose weight, in fact I did lose about 30 pounds and then after about 3 months no more weight loss.

    The problem with me is that yes my fasting blood sugar average did go down (from 270 to about 240) but that after each meal of allowed foods it would go sky high well over 300. I cheated twice on the diet, one night I had my mom's fried chicken and mashed potatoes and green beans...the other night I got a hamburger and french fries. But those were the only 2 times I cheated on this diet. Other diets I would cheat all the time, so you do feel more satisfied on this diet. Pizza without cheese and just vegies is actually pretty good! Mostly I had frozen steamed vegies, beans and a little rice for my meals, with breakfast being shredded mini wheat (I cannot stand oatmeal and that is advocated for breakfast in this diet) and blueberries and soymilk. I did lose the weight but my blood sugar drop was unsatisfactory.

    Last week I went and got Dr Bernsteins Diabetes Solution book. In about 8 days, I lost another 4 pounds and my blood sugar this morning was 140. Its dropped over a hundred points in one week. It may be another alternative for other diabetics.

    This diet may work well with others, I gave it a good shot and I did lose weight but I have had better results on Dr Bernstein's diet and treatment....more info
  • Good book for diabetics or non-diabetics.
    This is an excellent book. I don't have diabetes but wanted to make sure I don't get diabetes. This book has it all - 1) The Breakthrough - tells all about type 1 and type 2 diabetes, 2)The Program - Menu's, Healthful Weight Control, and exercise 3) Complete Health - re healthy heart, nerves, eyes, & kidneys. PLUS menus and recipes. I would recommend any of Dr. Neal Barnard's books. "The Best" in Arizona!...more info
  • Good
    I did find most of the information useful and I have passed it on to my parents who actually do need it for modifying their lifestyle. ...more info
  • Good, Helpful Book
    This is a good book, but I like Eat to Live (2003) or Eat For Health (2008) by Joel Fuhrman, MD better. Both doctors recommend a low fat, vegan diet, but my sense is that Dr. Fuhrman has better basis for his recommendations and his information is more up to date....more info
  • Reversing Diabetes
    Well written and good info but as a borderline patient, I'm not ready to give up all animal products in my diet....more info


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