Introducing Q&A With Dr. Richard Bernstein

By GabbyPA Latest Reply 2013-03-19 14:22:22 -0500
Started 2013-03-17 10:32:56 -0500

Though this interview is too short for my liking it touched on a couple of myths that he tackles. Many of us are familiar with Dr. Bernstein's book, so here is a peek into his thinking.

By: Diabetes Health

Can over-hydration or dehydration affect blood sugar level?

Well, sure it does. The more you increase your blood volume by drinking water, the more you're going to dilute your blood sugar. That goes without saying, but it's not a smart way of lowering your blood sugar. If you drink too much water, you can cause hyponatremia, which means too little sodium, and this can lead to fatal results. It can cause edema of your brain and so on, and I do not recommend over-consuming water.

I stumbled on a table recently in some article about what people of various body types require in terms of water replacement, and it's not large amounts. Basically, I recommend that people drink when they're thirsty, and don't overdo it. Read more…

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diabetesfree 2013-03-17 16:17:39 -0500 Report

I hope that he was misquoted when he said, "For the majority of the couple of hundred thousand years that humans have been around, carbohydrates haven't been available." That is not even true for simple carbohydrates, let all all carbs.Just look at all of the carbs that exist in fruits, honey, sugar cane, milk, berries, etc. A lot of them may be complex carbs, but a significant source of carbs nonetheless.

GabbyPA 2013-03-18 15:01:07 -0500 Report

I think he is meaning more of the grains and refined carbs. Though to be honest, even things like honey our consumption was considerably less than what we call normal now.

diabetesfree 2013-03-18 15:50:37 -0500 Report

Hopefully, that's what he meant. He usually has a lot of good advice. Every once in awhile though I'll read something he's written or said in an interview that seems really far out. I'll give him the benefit of the doubt on this one though. :-)

GabbyPA 2013-03-19 14:22:22 -0500 Report

That is the problem with interviews. Even if they "quote" you, it can be messed up. His book is more through and written by him, so that is what I would base things on. I just thought this would give people a peek at him, if they had not read his book yet.

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