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Dr. Mark Hyman, Blood Sugar Solution Author, Interview on Diabetes and Diabesity

New York Times bestselling author Mark Hyman, M.D. discussed his newly published book, The Blood Sugar Solution: The UltraHealthy Program for Losing Weight, Preventing Disease, and Feeling Great Now!, On Imus in the Morning on Fox Business channel, on Tuesday, February 28, 2012, the date of publication of the new book whose empowering and upbeat full title includes an exclamation mark. The full replay video is below. During the nearly 12-minute interview, Dr. Hyman outlined the principles in the book and his message to individuals to take charge and reverse obesity, diabetes, and pre-diabetes, which he terms collectively “diabesity.”

It’s indicative of his approach, as a pioneering physician of functional medicine which treats chronic diseases by addressing the underlying cause — often driven by the cumulative effects of poor dietary choices, environmental toxins, food allergy, lack of exercise, chronic stress. An added benefit of restoring one’s health is weight loss and vice versa, with this approach. Dr. Hyman has written several previous New York Times bestsellers — including The UltraSimple Diet: Kick-Start Your Metabolism and Safely Lose Up to 10 Pounds in 7 Days — bringing to a mainstream audience both the knowledge and the tools to apply it.

Don Imus started the discussion by sharing some personal details of his recovery from prostate cancer with an alternative approach. Under direction of his health care provider and with help from his wife, Deirdre Imus, he made changes in his diet to reduce inflammation markers in the body which were all high, as well as low vitamin D levels. He said that despite having been a vegetarian for years, (consuming cheese) that when he went on a 100 percent organic vegan plant-based raw food diet, the inflammation cleared up in a month. He posed the question to Dr. Hyman if this what people have to do to improve.

Dr. Hyman noted that in dealing with his cancer, his was a case of needing the pound of cure rather than the ounce of prevention and that his quick results underscore that food is the most powerful drug on the planet both to prevent disease and to reverse it. In addressing the case of diabetes he said that we ate ourselves into it and we’ve got to eat our way out of it. He went on to note that 50 percent of Americans have diabetes or pre-diabetes and that 90 percent don’t know it. As for symptoms that someone could possibly be among the 50 percent, some include belly fat, family history, crave sugar and carbs; suffering from high blood pressure, infertility and acne are all signs of pre-diabetes, which he also terms “diabesity” a spectrum of metabolic disorders — from the early signs of insulin resistance to type 2 diabetes and its complications — that are inextricable from being overweight and obese. He also went on to discuss the medical world’s inability to deal with this rising epidemic, noting that after their training, for instance, doctors have more knowledge about treating malaria than treating diabetes.

Putting it in a larger context, Dr. Mark Hyman discussed the importance of taking back our health as a society, and that Type 2 diabetes is reversible. He outlined the 6-week diet plan from the book that has been proven to do just that. A step by step action plan to turn on the right genes to reverse it. Eat early, eat often and eat regularly; three meals and two snacks. You’ll find some general guidelines of what to eat and what not to eat as well. He noted that the book has a detailed menu plan.

Watch the full interview video below.

Part 1

Part 2

As noted, the book, The Blood Sugar Solution: The UltraHealthy Program for Losing Weight, Preventing Disease, and Feeling Great Now!, was just published and is available in hardcover and Kindle. Dr. Hyman is Founder and Medical Director of the UltraWellness Center in Lenox, Massachusetts. You can find a wealth of information and resources at ( as well as at his official Facebook page, where many interact with questions, discussion, as well as the sharing of articles and video. He is also a contributor at Huffington Post, click here for an index of articles, including 8 Steps to Reverse Diabesity.

Let us know what you think of the interview and please feel free to share your experiences if Dr. Hyman’s approach has helped you in health and weight loss goals.

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