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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (930 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Mark Hyman Narrator: Mark Hyman Publisher: Recorded Books: Gildan Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2012 ISBN: 9781469000183
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In The Blood Sugar Solution, Dr. Mark Hyman reveals that the secret solution to losing weight and preventing not just diabetes but also heart disease, stroke, dementia, and cancer is balanced insulin levels. Dr. Hyman describes the seven keys to achieving wellness—nutrition, hormones, inflammation, digestion, detoxification, energy metabolism, and a calm mind—and explains his revolutionary six-week healthy-living program. With advice on diet, green living, supplements and medication, exercise, and personalizing the plan for optimal results, the book also teaches readers how to maintain lifelong health. Groundbreaking and timely, The Blood Sugar Solution is the fastest way to lose weight, prevent disease, and feel better than ever.

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  • I have either reviewed or read hundreds of nutrition and health books over the past thirty years as a professional in the field. Many of these books have touched upon the topic of blood sugar and diabetes. It is Dr. Hyman's book The Blood Sugar Solution, however, that has struck me to be the perfect balance between helping the reader to understand the revolution that is occurring in the science of blood sugar and chronic disease with the 'news to use' for the reader to successfully apply this breakthrough information in their own lives years before it becomes common knowledge. The questionnaires in this book engage the reader in a way that connects their lives to health solutions in a very unique manner. Jeffrey Bland, PhD, FACN, FACB, Founder, Institute for Functional Medicine
  • With our world facing multiple crises, including a dramatic rise in diabetes, The Blood Sugar Solution arrives not a minute too soon. Dr. Mark Hyman's insistence on identifying the root social causes of obesity and diabetes is a crucial step beyond many of our long-held assumptions and in the direction of real solutions. Our children deserve nothing less. Arianna Huffington, president and editor-in-chief of the Huffington Post Media Group
  • Functional medicine pioneer Hyman... points to imbalances in seven body systems that cause life-altering chronic illness. Quizzes, shopping lists, recipes, and tips for overcoming obstacles will keep readers on track, while Hyman's memorable terminology, passion, and simplicity will keep them highly motivated. Publishers Weekly
  • Hyman's book is mindful, comprehensive and impeccably organized...An avalanche of vital information and advice from an enthusiastic wellness expert. Kirkus Reviews
  • Dr. Mark Hyman offers life giving hope to a world plagued by diabetes. His approach to preventing and treating this terrible killer is comprehensive, evidence-based, and practical. Learn from him and you will surely lower your blood sugar-and most likely live longer and better. James S. Gordon, MD, founder and director of The Center for Mind-Body Medicine and author of Unstuck
  • Dr. Hyman has taken on the most important health issue not just in the United States but around most of the world-diabesity. And, as usual, he has performed a great service, this time by providing a blueprint for attacking diabesity for individuals struggling with its complications and for the larger community, where it is a major economic as well as major health problem. Arthur Agatston, MD, author of The South Beach Diet
  • Dr. Mark Hyman makes managing your health simpler than you ever thought possible. There's no time like the present to get started. Don't wait till tomorrow! Start today! Rick Warren, author of The Purpose Driven Life
  • In his book The Blood Sugar Solution, Dr. Mark Hyman combines the latest scientific findings and decades of experience to show how correcting physical imbalances - involving nutrition, inflammation, allergy, toxicity, metabolism and stress - can reverse prediabetes and prevent heart disease. The Blood Sugar Solution provides a radical new program to restore radiant health and well-being for millions of Americans struggling with chronic disease. David S. Ludwig, MD, PhD, Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School, and author of Ending the Food Fight
  • Dr. Hyman has done it again with a lucid description of the causes of the diabesity epidemic and a powerful treatment program. The Blood Sugar Solution is a must-read for anyone anywhere on the spectrum between mild insulin resistance and full-blown Type-2 diabetes--a groundbreaking, science-based, easy-to-follow prescription. Start your journey to healing now! Mehmet Oz, MD
  • With compassion and authority, Dr. Mark Hyman addresses the real driver of overeating, obesity, diabetes, heart disease, cancer, and more-insulin. Insulin imbalance, the secret killer, robs millions of a rich, joyful, happy life. If you have struggled with weight and ill health, you will find a new doorway to wellness through his solid science-based, personalized solution. Deepak Chopra
  • Rare, indeed, is the individual who combines scientific expertise, deep caring, and equally deep insights. Dr. Hyman is one of these, and in addition, as a leader in functional medicine, has a unique ability to see past the many adverse effects of a lifestyle at odds with health to the underlying causes both within and all around us. He puts all of these attributes to work for you in The Blood Sugar Solution, providing detailed guidance for both individuals, and the population, to avoid the perils of obesity and chronic disease-and get to health. David L. Katz, MD, Director, Yale University Prevention Research Center
  • Diabesity is not longer a hidden epidemic-it's visually obvious all over North America and the primary driver of ill health and out-of-control healthcare costs. Dr. Hyman once again nails the problems and provides real solutions. Joseph Pizzorno, ND, co-author Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine
  • If you want to be empowered to change your life, lose weight, and get to the bottom of chronic health problems, The Blood Sugar Solution by Dr. Mark Hyman will take you all the way there. Dr. Hyman is the best kind of doctor -educator, coach, and motivator. He presents a radically new scientific approach more powerful than any drug or surgery. Read this book and solve your struggles with weight, diabetes, and other diseases forever. Jack Canfield, coauthor of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series
  • The Blood Sugar Solution is spot on accurate. This is a blueprint for restoring the health of our nation! Christiane Northrup, MD, author of Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom and The Wisdom of Menopause
  • First, the bad news: Type 2 diabetes and pre-diabetes will affect half of Americans in the next few years. Drugs are not very effective at preventing the complications of diabetes, including heart disease, blindness, impotence, amputations, and kidney damage. Now, the good news: diabetes is completely preventable and even reversible for most people--today--simply by changing diet and lifestyle. In The Blood Sugar Solution, Dr. Mark Hyman shows you how. Dean Ornish, MD
  • Are you desperate to feel better but don't know where to begin? Has your doctor prescribed a quick fix pill, but no solid game plan? This is your lucky day. Dr. Mark Hyman's revolutionary work has the power to radically transform and uplift your life. He is the shining, break-out voice of a new breed of functional medicine doctors who treat root causes rather than the symptoms. Let Mark be your guide and your teacher as you create a happy, healthy body filled with sustainable energy and balance. I can't say enough about this brilliant pioneer, and once you read his book, I know you will agree. Kris Carr, New York Times bestselling author of Crazy Sexy Diet
  • In The Blood Sugar Solution, Mark Hyman maps a road to health that will benefit anyone. Read it for yourself, your family, your friends. Give this book to the people you love. Daniel Goleman, author of Emotional Intelligence
  • “With our world facing multiple crises, including a dramatic rise in diabetes, The Blood Sugar Solution arrives not a minute too soon. Dr. Mark Hyman’s insistence on identifying the root social causes of obesity and diabetes is a crucial step beyond many of our long-held assumptions and in the direction of real solutions. Our children deserve nothing less.”

    Arianna Huffington, president and editor-in-chief of the Huffington Post Media Group 

  • “First, the bad news: Type 2 diabetes and pre-diabetes will affect half of Americans in the next few years. Drugs are not very effective at preventing the complications of diabetes, including heart disease, blindness, impotence, amputations, and kidney damage. Now, the good news: diabetes is completely preventable and even reversible for most people—today—simply by changing diet and lifestyle. In The Blood Sugar Solution, Dr. Mark Hyman shows you how.” 

    Dean Ornish, MD 

  • “Dr. Mark Hyman makes managing your health simpler than you ever thought possible. There’s no time like the present to get started. Don’t wait till tomorrow! Start today!”

    Rick Warren, author of The Purpose Driven Life 

  • “Functional medicine pioneer Hyman...points to imbalances in seven body systems that cause life-altering chronic illness. Quizzes, shopping lists, recipes, and tips for overcoming obstacles will keep readers on track, while Hymans memorable terminology, passion, and simplicity will keep them highly motivated.” 

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Hyman’s commentary on the cane sugar versus corn syrup debate is refreshingly astute, as are chapters on the restorative power of fruits, vegetables and whole grains. The author’s effective closing manifesto rallies readers to take charge of their health by making smarter lifestyle choices, which translates to more than 500 pages of useful charts, scientifically supported nutritional…An avalanche of vital information and advice from an enthusiastic wellness expert.”

    Kirkus Reviews

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 J. | 2/19/2014

    " Really revolutionary about food and it's impact on the body. Food as information, food as medicine, and the genomic impact of food on the body are all new concepts to me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katie Irene | 2/15/2014

    " Very good research but a bit repetitive. I plan on following the diet as soon as I have control over my kitchen, but I won't believe all of the benefit claims until I experience them myself. This is still a book that everybody should read because it succinctly explains why our food, pharma and health care industries are keeping us sick and what we can do to take away their power. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Suzanne | 2/6/2014

    " Interesting that he linked so many maladies to diet. He has a case, but some of the connections were a bit tenuous. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Debbie | 2/3/2014

    " Excellent resource--have instituted many changes which have led to a 15 pound weight loss in my daughter. I believe this has been the "missing link" with some of her health challenges. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Eva | 2/1/2014

    " There were some parts that were very good. Interesting, making you think. With citations, so that you can read further. But. This book is mainly a marketing piece for the authors website (and webshop). And when it comes to the practical part (what you should do), then it turns out, that what you should do is to go to his website. Every other paragraph ends with this advice. Also there are lots of citations, but some of the evidence is rather thin (a single study on a few people/mice). These studies may be relevant in creating new ideas and new research, but are far away from being applicable in real life. I really wanted to like this book, and there are chapters that I did, very much. But all in all, it's just too much marketing "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John Jr. | 1/20/2014

    " I won this book in the giveaway. This is a comprehensive guide to health & wellness covering whole-food nutrition, supplementation, detoxification, stress management, and fitness. Dr. Hyman is an entertaining and engaging writer. Get ready to learn more than you thought possible about the dangers of unhealthy eating and the benefits of eating the "Blood Sugar Solution" way. It will inspire you and give you hope for a healthier more vibrant future. I recommend it highly. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laura K | 1/16/2014

    " Fantastic book with excellent practical information. I have been using the principles in this book with excellent results! Lost weight, feeling great! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Liz | 1/16/2014

    " There is a ton of really valuable & interesting explanations related to diabetes, but also overall health & how our body processes food. I learned alot but also struggled to keep motivated to read. His recommendations are similar to much of the popular health/wellness articles of late - definitely parts I can take but total system would be major overhaul I'm not ready for. The last section of the book is an incredible resource for those wanting to research & investigate natural foods, beauty/household products, etc. a book I would recommend to anyone highly interested in the personalized, natural health & environment "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jolee | 12/20/2013

    " A life changer....can't say the the solution is entirely easy, but "simple," yes. Good stuff, and if you are a type 2 diabetic with autoimmune issues that seem to run out of control, Dr. Hyman's program gives one thing for sure: hope. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Regina Mascia | 12/20/2013

    " Great ideas to help you eat healthier and to eliminate sugar from your diet. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Philip Taylor | 11/15/2013

    " The structure was a mess and the frequent references to the website are annoying. However, the content is excellent. I am already benefiting from the diet in that I have slightly more energy and concentration. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cyndee | 11/6/2013

    " Surely a lot of helpful information. But the diet would be impossible for me as an ovo,,lacto vegetarian, since the only sources of protein would be eggs, beans, and nuts. No dairy or grains is too restrictive, although I am cutting down and adding more exercise. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paige | 9/14/2013

    " Written by a medical doctor this book is filled with evidence that supports removing sugar, gluten and other commonly consumed foods. I have embraced much of the plan and dropped 10 lbs in just 2 weeks. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Alan | 7/17/2013

    " Should have known not to read something with ! in the title. So.mewhat commonplace stuff "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 towner77 | 6/2/2013

    " I was diagnosed pre-diabetic in 2011. I'd seen this author on one of the TV talk shows and heard him on NPR, so I decided to pick up his book and use it as a guideline for helping me to understand better my unhealthy dietary habits. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Estrella | 5/10/2013

    " I find that this book is quite informative but I think if anyone has common sense we can figure the solutions to fight any disease is weight loss and eating right and exercise. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dawn | 4/23/2013

    " I'd give this a strong 3.5 stars. In my quest for better and healthier eating habits, there is good information and a helpful plan here. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Maria | 2/21/2013

    " Nothing new. Same info as always in all Mark Hyman books repeated over and over again. First time I read his book Ultrametabolism I loved it. This is pretty much same stuff packaged differently, targeted at people with more serious problems (what he calls 'diabesity'). "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bori Hidegh | 11/24/2012

    " Very well structured information and interesting read "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heather | 11/12/2012

    " I agree with the books findings, I wish that it was more of a one-shot deal...but this author does a good job of giving you several puzzle pieces to health. In essence, carries the same message as Michael Pollen. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Malia | 11/5/2012

    " Most helpful book I've had yet, THannk Yooou! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jenni | 3/16/2012

    " This is nothing I haven't read/heard before, but it did remind me of some things I need to be doing. "

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About the Author
Author Mark Hyman

Mark Hyman is an internationally respected physician, researcher, educator, activist, and author. His New York Times bestselling books The Blood Sugar Solution: The UltraHealthy Program for Losing Weight, Preventing Disease, and Feeling Great Now! and The UltraMind Solution: The Simple Way to Defeat Depression, Overcome Anxiety, and Sharpen Your Mind were both made into PBS specials. His other works include The UltraSimple Diet, UltraMetabolism, and UltraPrevention. Hyman is the medical editor at the Huffington Post and serves on the board of many distinguished medical organizations. He is also responsible for introducing the Take Back Your Health Act of 2009 and continues to work in Washington on health reform.