Thursday, October 22, 2015

New Book Is Out

This is blatant self-promotion, which I hate, but I thought I should let people know that the third edition of my book "The First Year: Type 2 Diabetes" is out. Official publication date is November 1, but it seems to be shipping from Amazon now.

I'm now recommending that people with type 2 diabetes try a low-carb diet first, as it helps with both blood glucose control and weight loss, and they'll find less opposition from their health care team today than they would have in 2007, when the second edition was published. Then if for some reason the LC diet doesn't work for a particular person, that person can try other approaches. But the LC diet should be, as Richard Feinman says, "the default diet."

Other updates include discussion of the new drugs now available, insurance availability because of the Affordable Care Act, discussion of ketosis-prone diabetes (Flatbush diabetes), networking via social media, new sweeteners, and updated references. David Mendosa's chapter "Searching the Internet is completely new.


  1. I bought the first edition back about ten years ago when it was the only decent book available for Type 2 (Bernstein was/is also a must-read). Since then there have only been a few other worthwhile books for Type 2 and interestingly all written by patients, not doctors.

    There are now a mass of decent books on low carb, Paleo, metabolism etc. but if you haven't already got Gretchen's book BUY IT!

  2. Thanks, Chris. I hope you're doing well.

  3. Ten years older! But apart from that . . . I was recently told that I had never been diabetic or even prediabetic by a "modern" doctor. My "actual" doctor, who claims to be a diabetes expert, stated that "by now we would expect you to be on at least two medications". Yet when I try to explain what I did and why, their eyes glaze over. I'll leave them your book, and Bernstein, and Taubes, and a few others, in my will . . .

  4. Being on at least two medications assumes you've kept on eating a high-carb diet. My mother was Dx'd with diabetes and lost a lot of weight and her BGs returned to normal, and her doctor said "we don't know if you ever really had diabetes."

    Because of this, I stopped being careful with my diet. Doctors can cause harm.

    You may outlive your doctors.

  5. There's a lot of that in the UK, GPs are undiagnosing diabetics who gain control because it keeps their statistics looking better. Even some Type 1s have been undiagnosed for getting A1c below 6% which is unforgivable. Sometimes the undiagnosis is made by accounting clerks without the doctor's knowledge which is even worse.

    I already outlived one particularly incompetent doctor. I wasn't his only victim, they included someone he prescribed antacids for a (fatal) heart attack. When I read that he had died "unexpectedly" I laughed uproariously.