Book Review: Type 2 Diabetes: The Owner’s Manual by Daryl Wein

25 Jun

2016-06-25_1137Title: Type 2 Diabetes: The Owner’s Manual

Author: Daryl Wein

Genre: Nonfiction, Self Help

Publication Date: January 19th, 2016


About the Book

MODESTO, CALIFORNIA – Almost everyone with Type 2 Diabetes can live a normal, healthy, functional life if they receive and follow some rather simple advice they will not hear from most doctors.

The common advice given by physicians to Type 2 Diabetic patients is to reduce sugar intake, but little progress will be made until a healthy diet is followed that eliminates most carbohydrates, says Physician Assistant and author Daryl Wein.

Wein said he spends 35 to 45 minutes counseling all of his new Type 2 Diabetes patients about the importance of diet and minimizing carbs as well as sugar, while almost all physicians will only spend about five minutes with a new diabetic patient and simply advise to cut down on sugar.

“Type 2 Diabetes is totally manageable, especially if you can catch it early,” stresses Wein. “The single most effective thing the patient needs to do is eliminate or at least minimize their carb intake. I have Type 2 Diabetes myself and went nine years living a very healthy life without medicine because I followed a correct diet which did not allow for sugar or carbs.”

A clinical laboratory scientist for more than 20 years and a Physician Assistant for 17 years, Wein started extensive research on Type 2 Diabetes when he himself was diagnosed with the disease.

After directing successful treatment for many hundreds of patients by informing them of the correct diet for them, Wein decided to share those secrets with patients and physicians alike in his new book Type 2 Diabetes: The Owner’s Manual (ISBN 978-1522858270, CreateSpace 2016, 159 pages, available on Amazon $11.99 paperback, $6.99 Kindle and Audio Book.

“To my knowledge my book is the only simple owner’s manual for Type 2 Diabetes,” says Wein. “It teaches readers to utilize first the most effective option available to manage their disease and then to fine-tune sugar control with medication when and if needed. The Owner’s Manual is very simple to read and understand.”

While working for Central California Bariatric Surgery Daryl Wein made it his objective to help patients reach their needed weight goal via diet instead of surgery and experienced multiple successes including one patient who lost 149 pounds over 22 months simply by avoiding carbohydrates completely.

Wein stresses that if all people with sugar abnormalities (who are not dependent on insulin) followed the simple advice in Type 2 Diabetes: The Owner’s Manual the impact on their overall health would be immense and the savings for healthcare in the U.S. alone would be in the many billions of dollars.

James A. Surrell, M.D. and author of SOS (Stop Only Sugar) Diet, says: “We have an epidemic of Type 2 diabetes in the USA today, primarily as a result of our dietary habits.  Follow the excellent guidelines contained in Type 2 Diabetes: The Owner’s Manual and you will significantly improve your overall health.”

A physician in a review on Amazon using the pen name “Schmutz” writes: “The Owner’s Manual is well written, easy to understand in laymen’s terms and very useful. If diabetics followed Daryl’s recommendations, my job would be much easier and their lives healthier and longer.”

A few of the eye-opening pieces of advice given by Wein in his highly-respected book include:

 ·       There is no need to consume any sugar or starches at all

·       Natural fruit and fruit juices are not good for diabetics

·       Avoid all forms of alcohol when trying to lose weight

·       The only fats known to be harmful are trans-fats which are mainly found in shortening and margarine

·       Eating fat does not make you fat and eating fat has never been directly associated with heart disease

·       Brown sugar has never been healthier than white sugar, only less pure

·       There are almost no carbs in any of the artificial sweeteners so they do not contribute to the elevation of blood sugar.

·       Monitoring your sugar 2-3 times a day with a finger stick test is costly and a complete waste of time.

Available on Amazon.



My Review

I received a free audio version of this book for an honest review.

Type 2 Diabetes: The Owner’s Manual is a great resource for anyone who has Type 2 Diabetes or is at risk for getting it. 

The first thing Daryl Wein does is explain why Type 2 Diabetes is not the right name for this disease and that it should be called Carbosis. This is because carbs are no longer processed by the body correctly and are the cause of insulin and blood sugar problems. His explanation makes a lot of sense and I wish more doctors taught their patients to not only limit sugar intake, but to eliminate or decrease carbohydrates. 

Food lists are included in the book, such as a list of foods that don’t have carbs or have low carbs and foods that are a definite no-no. If I were going to use this book as a resource, I would get a copy other than the audio version of the book so it would be easy to go back to it if needed.

The narrator did a great job. She was easy to understand and spoke clearly and at a good pace.

Type 2 Diabetes: The Owner’s Manual is a resource that would be beneficial to anyone who has Type 2 Diabetes (or Carbosis) or to anyone who wants to learn more about the disease. In fact, Type 2 Diabetes runs in my family and, although I don’t have it, I plan on cutting my carbs dramatically (I love my bread 😦 ).



About the Author

2016-06-25_1137_001A native of Niles, Michigan, Wein earned a degree as a Medical Technologist/Clinical Laboratory Scientist from USC Medical Center in 1978 and earned a degree as a Family Practice Physician Assistant from UC Davis School of Medicine in 1999. Since 1999, while working as a PA with Dr. David Olson and Dr. Elaine Madayag in internal medicine, Wein also worked as a PA at Stanislaus County Urgent Care, Oak Valley Hospital ER, Central California Bariatric Surgery, as a contractor for California Correctional Health Care System, and for rural health clinics run by Oak Valley Clinics. He also has done some software development, and is credentialed in California to teach community college classes.

A former flight instructor, Wein also enjoys water skiing, swimming, building houseboats, and playing the bass which he did while earning his living as a musician, playing in clubs for three years. He owns a small plane but his latest flight interest is flying industrial drones legally. Daryl and wife Jann have an adult daughter, an adult son, and three grandchildren.



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