Last month, I told you about a new book by Dr. Mark Hyman called The Blood Sugar Solution. I was lucky to get an advance copy, and it was truly an eye-opening read. My family health history is spotted with cancer, diabetes, stroke and high blood pressure – all of which are addressed in Dr. Hyman’s book. Now, you have the chance to read it. The book officially launched yesterday and is now available at BloodSugarSolution.com.
Dr. Hyman is a leader in the field of functional medicine, which focuses on treating the whole body system, not individual organs or symptoms. In his book, Dr. Hyman attests that there are five causes of all disease: poor diet, chronic stress, microbes, toxins and allergens. Each of these factors can turn on or off certain genes or messages in our body, increasing our risk for disease. Even more importantly, he says, by reducing our exposure to these factor – i.e. eating a healthy diet, reducing stress – we can stop or even reverse that ‘switch,’ thus preventing disease.
It’s an empowering concept, but it also means we need to take more responsibility for what we eat and how we behave. Hence, Dr. Hyman’s book. The Blood Sugar Solution helps you evaluate your current health, and then guides you through a six-week program to get your health back on track.
I won’t sugarcoat it. The program is intense, requiring readers to eliminate gluten, dairy, alcohol, caffeine and processed foods, and focus instead on eating whole foods like vegetables, lean protein and gluten-free grains. Dr. Hyman also makes suggestions for supplements you may want to add to your diet. Personally, I don’t know if everyone’s up for this type of overhaul, but at the very least you can pick up a few good habits.
For those who choose to dive in, there’s plenty of help. The book has chapter after chapter of research and case studies that explain why he’s making certain recommendations. You’ll learn new words like “diabesity,” which Dr. Hyman defines as “the continuum of health problems ranging from mild insulin resistance and overweight to obesity and diabetes.” You’ll also learn shocking statistics like diabesity affects 1.7 billion people worldwide. Then there are nutrition basics and tips on how to eat healthier, even when you don’t have the time. And finally, there are shopping lists and recipes to quell those fears of what to cook.
Throughout the book, there are several references to celiac disease and non-celiac gluten sensitivity. In fact, Chapter 10 includes a section on gluten and inflammation. In there, you’ll find a patient story, information about the increasing prevalence of these conditions, and the important caveat that processed, sugary gluten-free foods are not healthy options.
To order a copy of The Blood Sugar Solution, visit the book’s website. While you’re there, you can sign up for online and community resources to keep you informed and motivated.