Type 2 Diabetes: The Owner’s Manual, by Daryl Wein ISBN 9781522858270
Four out of five stars
As someone that has had type 2 diabetes for many years, I have a great deal of experience concerning how it is managed, receiving advice from medical professionals and studying the topic on my own. The author is a Physician’s Assistant with a great deal of experience in dealing with and counseling people with type 2 diabetes.
The advice given in this book largely mimics what I have heard from the medical professionals as well as solid online sources. The only primary point of difference is on page 10 and may be a matter of interpretation. The statement is “The single most important thing to do to manage carbosis is to avoid eating carbohydrates.” Carbosis is the term that the author coined to refer to type 2 diabetes.
In all of my experience, the advice is to lower your carb intake to below a certain level, but that it is not a good idea to cut them out entirely. When I was meeting with a diabetic nutritionist she had a set of cups that she used to visually explain the size of carbohydrate serving that was acceptable. It was small, but not insignificant. The second prong of the anti-diabetes weapon is of course regular exercise so that you keep your weight down and your muscles begging for energy. That topic is also strongly emphasized in this book.
To a first approximation, the last half of the book is an extended table of foods with three column headings. “Description, measure, carbs.” This table is taken directly from the latest USDA Nutrient Database, so it is accurate.
With only one data point that is contrary to the common tactics used to manage type 2 diabetes, the contents of this book are not original or different from other references used to manage the disease. Therefore, experienced people will find it dull and routine. People new to the game will find it helpful.
This book was made available for free for review purposes.