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A scientist reveals the groundbreaking evidence linking many major diseases, including cancer, diabetes, and Alzheimer’s disease, to a common root cause - insulin resistance - and shares an easy, effective plan to reverse and prevent it.

We are sick. Around the world, we struggle with diseases that were once considered rare. Cancer, heart disease, Alzheimer’s disease, and diabetes affect millions each year; many people are also struggling with hypertension, weight gain, fatty liver, dementia, low testosterone, menstrual irregularities and infertility, and more. We treat the symptoms, not realizing that all of these diseases and disorders have something in common.

Each of them is caused or made worse by a condition known as insulin resistance. And you might have it. Odds are you do - more than half of all adults in the United States are insulin resistant, with most other countries either worse or not far behind.

In Why We Get Sick, internationally renowned scientist and pathophysiology Professor Benjamin Bikman explores why insulin resistance has become so prevalent and why it matters. Unless we recognize it and take steps to reverse the trend, major chronic diseases will be even more widespread. But reversing insulin resistance is possible, and Bikman offers an evidence-based plan to stop and prevent it, with helpful food lists, meal suggestions, easy exercise principles, and more. Full of surprising research and practical advice, Why We Get Sick will help you to take control of your health. 

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio. 

©2020 Benjamin Bikman (P)2020 Blackstone Publishing

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Spiritual successor to a powerful book

I view this as a spiritual successor to Gary Taubes' Why We Get Fat (the title also appears to be a reference). Equally succinct and striking, this book should be much harder to dismiss, partly due to the author's credentials and partly due to chronic disease not being as easily brushed off as a matter of aestehetics. Hopefully it will reach many (and perhaps more importantly the right) people, so we can avoid the looming disaster of collapsing healthcare systems all over the world.

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great book with ideas clearly explained

this book makes the premise easy to understand and gives ideas on implementation. assuming the information is correct it could make a massive difference to healthy aging.

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Good read, interesting

This is mostly about insulin resistance. I found it very interesting and will listen to it again.
The accompanying PDF is missing numbers and doesn't seem to flow at times. Hence my 4 stars. I wondered if anyone noticed this except me. I saw no mention of this in the reviews.

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A must read

An extremely important, concise and thorough examination of the metabolic syndrome - the hidden pandemic making everyone fat, sick and unhappy. Suddenly modern diseases don’t seem random or unpredictable and medicine starts making sense. Most importantly, it explains what to do to reverse the metabolic disease and protect our life, health and happiness.

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Outstanding insight into real health!

If you think you know health, struggle with ill health or feel stuck - give this book a try.

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When your own Doctor can't heal you - Read This!

This book is a definitive reference source for anyone trying to heal their failing metabolic syndrome, insulin resistance and diabetes.

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Absolutely amazing

Brilliant content! Extremely educational! Insulin is a brilliant hormone! A must read! Specially for doctors!

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Very Informative

I have just finished this book and motivated to check out if I am insulin resistant!
Easy to follow and many choices to start your journey to better health without reaching for the pills first..

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A book EVERYONE should read

Ben Bikman is a genius, and his thesis that hyperinsulinemia is the cause of most common chronic diseases we suffer with today, is compelling, fascinating and yes at times technical.

But don't let that put you off he explains it well and for the most part in the most approachable language. I would seriously recommend this to anyone looking to improve their health.

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lt might just change your life for the better!

Approach with an open mind and this book might just change your life for the better

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  • ashley condo
  • 11-10-20

Ben Bikman is my new Dr. Jason Fung ❤️

I just listened to the book on audible, but now I will buy the hard copy too. Too much great info that I know I will want to keep this the paper version as a long term reference. I think I liked this better than The Obesity Code. As a Nurse Practitioner who runs a weight loss clinic in my office the scientific data is so powerful.

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  • Tony Bates
  • 04-09-20

highly recommended book

you live in a day and age you have to take your health into your own hands. Doctors are trained to prescribe drugs only. this is a must read if you don't want to blindly follow the sheep and end up in poor health on dozens of medications

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  • Cary D
  • 22-07-20

The go to guide to take control of your health

This book is FILLED with amazing information and explanations of how insulin can wreak havoc in your body without being overly science-y. Well written and organized with suggestions that are helpful and practical. The narration is great as well, easy to listen to and holds your attention.

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  • SJ
  • 14-09-20

Must read for those concerned about insulin

Dr Dickman makes it very easy to understand how insulin resistance affects various aspects of heal in profound ways and more importantly a short series of steps we can undertake when it comes to lifestyle to avoid or reverse insulin resistance.

Most assertions are backed by citing good studies and cavets apply where there hasn't been a strong enough causal inference when it comes to insulin resistance and some disorder/disease.

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  • Kimberly Cook Field
  • 30-11-20

Life changing

Fantastic book. A serious eye opener! Definitely a must read! Full of great life changing info. Highly recommended!

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  • Michael
  • 04-11-20

Listened twice

If you want to understand insulin resistance and get a plan together for your health then this is the book for you. Great groundbreaking information.

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  • Juan
  • 04-12-20

direct conversational to the point

direct conversational to the point without being to dry or lecture like
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  • Amazon Customer
  • 26-11-20

Excellent information needed today!

This has necessary information delivered in an uncompromising straight forward manner. Very much appreciated!

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  • Kevin Van Sickle
  • 09-11-20

Splendid

Chock full of great and amazing information. Presented simple and understandable. Plus examples given of ways to improve lifestyle choices along with it.

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  • Mervin Pearce
  • 09-11-20

Amazing content

Loved the content and have listened to many of the authors talks on YouTube. Well researched content.

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