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Why We Get Sick: The Hidden Epidemic at the Root of Most Chronic Disease#and How to Fight It

Why We Get Sick: The Hidden Epidemic at the Root of Most Chronic Disease#and How to Fight It


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2020 Foreword Indie Award Honorable Mention in the “Health” Category

A scientist reveals the groundbreaking evidence linking many major diseases, including cancer, diabetes, and Alzheimer's disease, to a common root cause—insulin resistance—and shares an easy, effective plan to reverse and prevent it.

We are sick. Around the world, we struggle with diseases that were once considered rare. Cancer, heart disease, Alzheimer's disease, and diabetes affect millions each year; many people are also struggling with hypertension, weight gain, fatty liver, dementia, low testosterone, menstrual irregularities and infertility, and more. We treat the symptoms, not realizing that all of these diseases and disorders have something in common. 

Each of them is caused or made worse by a condition known as insulin resistance. And you might have it. Odds are you do—over half of all adults in the United States are insulin resistant, with most other countries either worse or not far behind. 

In Why We Get Sick, internationally renowned scientist and pathophysiology professor Benjamin Bikman explores why insulin resistance has become so prevalent and why it matters. Unless we recognize it and take steps to reverse the trend, major chronic diseases will be even more widespread. But reversing insulin resistance is possible, and Bikman offers an evidence-based plan to stop and prevent it, with helpful food lists, meal suggestions, easy exercise principles, and more. Full of surprising research and practical advice, Why We Get Sick will help you to take control of your health.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781948836982
Publisher: BenBella Books, Inc.
Publication date: 07/21/2020
Pages: 280
Sales rank: 63,322
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Benjamin Bikman earned his PhD in Bioenergetics and was a postdoctoral fellow with the Duke-National University of Singapore studying metabolic disorders. Currently, his professional focus as a scientist and professor (Brigham Young University) is to better understand the origins and consequences of metabolic disorders, including obesity and diabetes, with a particular emphasis on the role of insulin. He frequently publishes his research in peer-reviewed journals and presents at international science and public meetings.

Table of Contents


Foreword, by Dr. Jason Fung

Part I: The Problem: What Is Insulin Resistance and Why Does It Matter?
Chapter 1: What Is Insulin Resistance
Chapter 2: Insulin Resistance and Heart Health
Chapter 3: Insulin Resistance, the Brain, and Neurological Disorders
Chapter 4: Insulin Resistance and Reproductive Health
Chapter 5: Insulin Resistance and Cancer
Chapter 6: Insulin and Aging, the Skin, Muscles, and Bones
Chapter 7: Insulin Resistance and Gastrointestinal and Kidney Health
Chapter 8: Insulin Resistance, the Metabolic Syndrome, and Obesity

Part II: Causes: What Makes Us Insulin Resistant in the First Place?
Chapter 9: How Age and Genetics Influence Insulin
Chapter 10: How Hormones Cause Insulin Resistance
Chapter 11: Obesity and Insulin Resistance, Revisited
Chapter 12: Inflammation and Oxidative Stress
Chapter 13: Lifestyle Factors

Part III: The Solution: How Can We Fight Insulin Resistance?
Chapter 14: Get Moving: The Importance of Physical Activity
Chapter 15: Eat Smart: The Evidence on the Food We Eat
Chapter 16: Conventional Interventions: Drugs and Surgery
Chapter 17: The Plan: Putting Research into Action
Appendix A: My Sample Daily Exercise Plan
Appendix B: Expanded Food Lists
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