Book Review: Fix Your Diet, Fix Your Diabetes by Tony Hampton




Author: Tony Hampton, MD
Publisher: Windy City Publishers
Pages: 168
Genre: Self-Help


Want to fix your diabetes?  In this book, I share with my diabetic and borderline diabetic readers that they have the power to reverse or prevent diabetes simply by changing their diets.  It starts with how you think.  By removing old beliefs to new ones that better serve you, the path to recovery from diabetes can be that simple.  Once I provide the rationale for changing old beliefs to more productive ones, I then share with you ways to stay motivated as you journey to a new way of eating.  You are then given a deeper understanding of why so many people have diabetes.  This knowledge will allow you to remove thoughts you may have had where you blamed yourself for having diabetes.  You are then given tips on how to maintain the motivation needed to make a successful transition to a diabetic friendly diet.  Additional knowledge is given about the many complications which could occur when this condition is not well controlled.  Empowered with the understanding of why diabetes occurs and its many complications, you will be given a case for changing how diabetes is treated.  This is done by changing the focus of diabetes management away from the symptoms (elevated glucose), which is how we currently manage this condition, to treating the cause of the disease (insulin resistance).  You are then given the rationale for increasing healthy fats in your diets while reducing starchy carbohydrates and processed foods.  Once this is explained, examples of foods that should be considered for smoothies, snacks, and dinner are given so you will know how to choose foods which are best.   Finally, tips on how to avoid being fooled by marketing labels and claims of so-called healthy foods provide the framework by which great dietary choices can be made.  This new approach to reversing diabetes with diet will reverse diabetes in nearly anyone willing to make these simple lifestyle changes.


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My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free e-copy. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

I was recently diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes so I wanted to see what Dr. Hampton had to say. My doctor wanted to put me on medicine right away but my blood sugar wasn’t real high or out of control so I said I wanted to try changing my diet first to see how that would work. I immediately went to a low carb diet and it’s working. After reading this book, I have found other ways I can change my eating habits to help with the diabetes as well as weight loss. I especially like the snack ideas that he gave.

There is a lot of information in this book that is important for diabetics to know such as food labels and what foods to avoid as well as other choices. There is a chapter on fasting and one of the types of fasting is close to what I do now, so I’m going to change my eating habits just a little bit and my body should thank me for it. 

Fix Your Diet, Fix Your Diabetes is a book that anyone who is diabetic or anyone who lives with a diabetic should read. The first couple of chapters are typical self help motivating yourself, etc., but the rest of the book is essential. Since I found out I had diabetes, I can’t believe how many people have said that they take medicine for it so they can eat anything they want. NO!! Those people need this book!!




Book Excerpt:


Now that you understand that Type 2 diabetes is about insulin resistance, it’s time to rethink how you are approaching your treatment for this condition. Most doctors and their patients focus on reducing the blood glucose values and if they’re successful they feel they’re controlling diabetes. But I asked myself if we were fixing the core problem or simply treating the symptoms. After reflecting on the question, I realized the core problem may not be elevated blood glucose levels after all. High glucose values are simply a symptom of diabetes. So where should the focus be?

The answer is insulin resistance. By focusing on this, you could achieve much better results, since this is essential to fixing your diabetes. Let’s use an analogy to help think about this concept in a different way. If I see a patient who presents with a painful throat, red and swollen tonsils, swollen lymph nodes in the neck, and a fever, I know I likely have a patient who needs to be treated for strep throat. In order to solve his problem, I will need to give him an antibiotic to fight the bacteria that is causing his symptoms. If I gave this patient Tylenol, I would only be treating his symptoms, and would likely end up with a patient who feels better but isn’t really cured.

This is what we are doing with our diabetes treatment. This is also likely the reason we consider this a progressively worsening disease. By shifting your focus, you will find a path to the solution you’ve been searching for. Why focus on insulin resistance? Because when insulin levels are high due to resistance, lipolysis (fat breakdown) is inhibited, sensitive arteries throughout the body are exposed to damaging higher levels of glucose, muscle protein synthesis is reduced, and glycogen-filled cells are converted to fat for storage.



About the Author

Dr. Tony Hampton has been treating patients with multiple chronic conditions for nearly two decades. In addition to his role as an Advocate Medical Group (AMG) family physician over the last nine years, Dr. Hampton currently holds multiple responsibilities within the Advocate Healthcare, including Medical Director of AMG Beverly, Vice-Chair of AMG’s Governing Council, Chair of Health Outcomes Committee and Co-Chair of Executive Diversity Council. 

Over the last two years, Dr. Hampton has worked closely with AOS, successfully piloting advancements in AMG’s operations management systems. He is a champion for change that results in greater work-life balance for physicians and an enhanced patient experience. His interpersonal skills, clinical knowledge, and desire for strong patient/team engagement will continue to make Tony an asset to the AOS team. 

A regular speaker for the American Diabetes Association and consultant for the Illinois Department of Public Health’s Initiative to Improve Diabetes Care, Dr. Hampton is passionate about empowering patients by changing old beliefs to new ones which better serve them using evidence-based medicine. Educating them on the root cause of disease processes and the importance of diet provides the path to positive health outcomes for diabetics, borderline diabetics, and patients not at their ideal body weight. 

He is a Certified Physician Executive (CPE) and earned his MBA from the University of Phoenix. Tony authored the book Fix Your Diabetes, Fix Your Diet, Your Dietary Solution to Reversing Diabetes which was published in April 2017.






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

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.

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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.