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Posted December 1, 2012
The book is written by an MD who managed to find himself with Type II diabetes, and had to face the issue of getting effective treatment that wouldn't follow the usual progression from diet to diet + drugs to diet + drugs + insulin - which is all too common. Because carbohydrates are effectively the most powerful dietary driver of blood sugar (glucose), the careful selection of carbohydrates in the diet was the key ingredient, and the Glycemic Load (the extent of glucose rise as a result of eating so many grams of a particular FOOD) was the choice over the Glycemic Index ( the extent of glucose rise as a result of eating so an amount of food [unspecified] that contains 50 grams of carbohydrate ) was the choice. After all, we eat portions of food and not exactly portions of low glucose inducing carbohydrates. In the book " The Low GI Shopper's Guide to GI Values 2011: The Authoritative Source of Glycemic Index Values for 1200 Foods" by Dr. Jennie Brand-Miller, you will find the stated reason for advocation of the Glycemic Index is (paraphrased) "Focus on the Glycemic Load will inevitably lead to the emphasis on low carbohydrate foods, thus depriving you of the healthy essential nutrients in vegetables...." and there are further hints of the unhealthy aspects of that dreaded low carbohydrate (read Dr. Atkins) style of unhealthy living. Dr. Thompson is not a crusader for a no-medication approach, as he personally uses medications (not insulin) to control his own blood sugar levels. You will find this a logical and scientifically based approach, and the co-author Dana Carpender adds a number of delicious low carbohydrate/low GI recipes. The book was formerly published as a NO-STARCH approach to a diabetic diet because the starches are a great family of some of the highest Glycemic Load foods currently available. There are some good guides to glycemic load tables on the internet, and may be some excellent books as well. My blood sugars remain under pretty good control following the approach here, even with those too often repeated splurges on pastries and cookies with excessively high Glycemic Load values.
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Posted September 7, 2012
Written by a doctor who has diabetes and gives excellent advice. I agree that starches aren't healthy. If you implement half of his suggestions your health will improve.
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Posted October 1, 2013
If you've recently been diagnosed with Diabetes.....this is the book for you. I didn't even know that there was such a thing as Glycemic Load. This book is fabulous. It tells you exactly what and what not to eat. This book will change your life.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.