I recently read Dr. Bernstein’s Diabetes Solution. Most of the book can be found here. For a bit of background, I am a type 2 diabetic (diagnosed around 2005), using insulin, and I’ve been following a ketogenic diet since June 2018. I am constantly seeking more information on the mechanics of diabetes, particularly type 2, although because of my insulin use, I wonder into type 1 territory occasionally, as well.
Dr. Bernstein is an 82 year old type 1 diabetic. That fact alone is near miraculous. He’s also largely to credit for the widespread use of the home blood glucose monitor. You see, folks, back in the 1970’s, the nice folks in charge of our health didn’t think something like a home blood glucose monitor was important. Dr. Bernstein changed that.
I would say that this book is an absolute must-read for a few groups of people:
- Any newly diagnosed diabetic or the caregiver of any newly diagnosed diabetic, regardless of type.
- All type 1 diabetics. Yes, all of you. I don’t care how long you’ve been living with it or dealing with it or how well you think you know it. You do NOT want to become an insulin resistant type 1 diabetic. And did I mention that this man is 83 years old??
- Any type 2 diabetic who is currently taking insulin and who is not already following a low-carb, moderate protein plan.
- Anyone who is interested in more of the mechanics and science of diabetes. You can just hop to here and read the sections under Chapter 1. No need to purchase book.
Bernstein isn’t perfect, though. If you look at his YouTube channel, you’ll notice that he bases his understanding of a ketogenic diet on what is popular on Pinterest or Instagram and so he doesn’t make an effort to educate people about it. (A ketogenic diet is, quite simply, a diet that results in a state of nutritional ketosis, and Dr. Bernstein’s diet is precisely that.) He does address the issue of ketosis vs. ketoacidosis.
So all in all, if you are already following a ketogenic diet as diabetic, there is probably little reason to invest in this book. Even if you’re not, Dr. Bernstein has put so much of the information online, the only reason I see to purchase it is that the book is a more cohesive, more easily navigated product.