Rethinking Diabetes: What Science Reveals About Diet, Insulin, and Successful Treatments

Knopf. Jan. 2024. 512p. ISBN 9780525520085. $35. HEALTH
Science writer Taubes’s (The Case for Keto) current, accurate, jargon-laced, science-heavy work examines diabetes history and treatments from 1770s Scotland through 21st-century prescription drugs. Proclaiming medical care is as much art as science, and evidence-based medicine is not applicable to every patient, he explores ways medical misconceptions influence patients’ long-term well-being. Delving into reasons modern medicine frequently conflicts with the greater goal of establishing reliable knowledge about and cures for diabetes, how diets fail to manage diabetes, and why insulin may or may not help patients in the long-term, this book’s densely written chapters (sometimes eight pages, sometimes 41) review numerous diabetic diagnosis and treatment methods, detailed case studies (1915–2000s), diabetes history, multiple diet choices (meat, carbohydrates, high fat, keto, and more), and reliance on insulin to counteract food with or without dietary changes. Footnotes provide additional comments and explanations. End notes refer to works listed in the current, up-to-date bibliography.
VERDICT This is thought-provoking and will interest healthcare professionals and students, dieticians, nutritionists, and diabetic/prediabetic patients looking for disease and treatment history and potential future treatment possibilities. What’s different about this exceptional book is that it doesn’t limit its angles to only diets, recipes, diagnosis, or managing blood sugar.
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