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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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Excellent resource for a person looking to get hea

this book contains so many nuggets that are priceless. read it if you truly want to master your health

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Explained elaborately

Book has explained very elaborately about different reasons for different diseases. Good book to read

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Robert Syring
  • 11-08-20

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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  • 06-08-20

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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  • S Chambers
  • 21-01-21

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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  • Anonimo Nonlodico
  • 20-09-20

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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  • KeepyKeppy
  • 18-08-20

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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  • JOHN T.T
  • 16-02-21

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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  • Ravinder Bahra
  • 08-12-20

You don't have to be medical professional!!

I do not have medical background and you do have to be medical professional to understand this book. Highly recommended!!!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-11-20

Real science backed with studies.

So much popular science is garbage these days so it's refreshing to see a careful and meticulous treatment of the subject of modern health or the lack thereof.

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  • sue
  • 02-10-20

Awesome book

Wow this book gave me so many answers to questions I had about my health and many that I hadn’t even thought about!!! This is a must read book. I only have the audio book but now I know I need to buy the hard copy book too. Do yourself a favour and read this book. Benjamin Bikman and Jason Fung are my heroes ❤️

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  • Prue
  • 21-09-20

Amazing

Very helpful, easy to understand and incredibly insightful.
As someone who struggles with migraines and PCOS I found this book shed alight on why I have this problem.
Definitely recommend this book!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 14-09-20

interesting and informative

Even though this book deals with many complex bodily issues I found it to be easy to understand and very informative. A must read for anyone wanting to clarify what it really means to eat healthily.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 21-08-20

Very interesting but a little dense

Very interesting listing although the information is quite dense to take in. All the same learnt a lot

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 19-08-20

Fantastic book

This Fantastic book is about insulin resistance and its root causes and backed by evidence.

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  • Julie
  • 12-08-20

Great Read

Ben Bikman is a very smart guy and this book is a must listen to everyone with a heartbeat. I love listening to everything he has to say because of the vast knowledge he has on our metabolic health. I just wish I had found him sooner and I might not have been as unhealthy as I was 6months ago. You never get to know any of this stuff from big food and big pharma.