Why We Get Sick
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Contents

Foreword, by Dr. Jason Fung
Introduction

Part I: The Problem: What Is Insulin Resistance and Why Does It Matter?
Chapter 1: What Is Insulin Resistance
Chapter 2: Insulin Resistance and Heart Health
Chapter 3: Insulin Resistance, the Brain, and Neurological Disorders
Chapter 4: Insulin Resistance and Reproductive Health
Chapter 5: Insulin Resistance and Cancer
Chapter 6: Insulin and Aging, the Skin, Muscles, and Bones
Chapter 7: Insulin Resistance and Gastrointestinal and Kidney Health
Chapter 8: Insulin Resistance, the Metabolic Syndrome, and Obesity

Part II: Causes: What Makes Us Insulin Resistant in the First Place?
Chapter 9: How Age and Genetics Influence Insulin
Chapter 10: How Hormones Cause Insulin Resistance
Chapter 11: Obesity and Insulin Resistance, Revisited
Chapter 12: Inflammation and Oxidative Stress
Chapter 13: Lifestyle Factors

Part III: The Solution: How Can We Fight Insulin Resistance?
Chapter 14: Get Moving: The Importance of Physical Activity
Chapter 15: Eat Smart: The Evidence on the Food We Eat
Chapter 16: Conventional Interventions: Drugs and Surgery
Chapter 17: The Plan: Putting Research into Action
Acknowledgments
Appendix A: My Sample Daily Exercise Plan
Appendix B: Expanded Food Lists
Notes
Index
About the Author

About the Author

Benjamin Bikman earned his PhD in Bioenergetics and was a postdoctoral fellow with the Duke-National University of Singapore studying metabolic disorders. Currently, his professional focus as a scientist and professor (Brigham Young University) is to better understand the origins and consequences of metabolic disorders, including obesity and diabetes, with a particular emphasis on the role of insulin. He frequently publishes his research in peer-reviewed journals and presents at international science and public meetings.

Reviews

"What if, instead of all these conditions and disease being separate and unconnected, one physiological state-elevated insulin levels-was the driver of all this suffering? In Why We Get Sick, Benjamin Bikman unpacks the root cause of modern diseases and provides a concise road map to help you regain or maintain your health."

-Robb Wolf, New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestselling author

"This book is a unique, rigorous contribution to understanding insulin resistance as an underlying cause of chronic disease and aging. Well written and highly accessible, Dr. Bikman has written a book for both scientists and the average reader who seeks a path back to good health."

-Nina Teicholz, science journalist and New York Times bestselling author of The Big Fat Surprise

"It's time to make 'insulin resistance' part of the public lexicon. That so many people are unaware of this widespread condition with serious ramifications is a monumental problem, and it's one that Why We Get Sick sets out to solve."

-Dr. Aseem Malhotra, cardiologist and professor of evidence-based medicine

"Thoroughly researched and extensively documented, Why We Get Sick is a comprehensive and indispensable primer on insulin resistance and how it affects virtually every system in the body. Dr. Bikman presents not only an easy-to-understand guide to how and why insulin resistance develops, but a treatment handbook as well."

-Michael R. Eades, MD, New York Times bestselling coauthor of Protein Power

"Insulin resistance underpins nearly every single chronic disease that we struggle with today and ultimately costs us countless billions of dollars in health-care spending, as well as an untold amount of human suffering. Professor Ben Bikman masterfully lays out the role of insulin resistance in disease, how it affects our bodies, and, most important, how to fix it!"

-Shawn Baker, MD, author of The Carnivore Diet and CEO of MeatRx.com

"Bikman's sweeping summary of the science of human metabolism makes the ironclad case for insulin resistance as Public Health Enemy #1. Whether the reader is interested in losing excess body fat, optimizing brain function, preventing heart disease, reducing cancer risk, or improving fertility-this expert curation of the research leaves no stone unturned."

-Georgia Ede, MD, nutritional psychiatrist

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