The Diabetes Code Book Summary - The Diabetes Code Book explained in key points
Listen to the Intro

The Diabetes Code summary

Jason Fung

Prevent and Reverse Type 2 Diabetes Naturally

4.7 (222 ratings)
22 mins

Brief summary

The Diabetes Code by Jason Fung is a comprehensive guide to reversing type 2 diabetes, emphasizing the role of insulin resistance. It provides clear explanations of the science behind diabetes and detailed dietary recommendations for achieving optimal health.

Table of Contents

    The Diabetes Code
    Summary of 8 key ideas

    Audio & text in the Blinkist app
    Key idea 1 of 8

    Diabetes is related to high blood sugar, but different forms of the disorder have differing roots.

    Diabetes – and type 2 diabetes in particular – is on the rise. The figures make for a worrying read: one hospital in New York recently reported that it was treating ten times as many diabetes patients in 2000 than it had been in 1990 and that the majority of new cases were type 2.

    Diabetes is a disorder related to high blood sugar and consists of four basic types. These include types 1 and 2, as well as gestational diabetes caused by high blood sugar levels during pregnancy. Other types of the disorder are related to genetic problems and a dysfunctional pancreas.

    Its symptoms include thirst and needing to urinate frequently. Both reflect the fact that the kidney isn’t processing blood sugar or, to give it its proper name, glucose, in the patient’s body. The body responds by trying to eliminate excess glucose through frequent urination.

    Let’s take a look at the differences between type 1 and type 2 diabetes.

    The former is an autoimmune disease. That means that the body’s immune system is attacking insulin-producing cells. Insulin is the hormone responsible for regulating blood sugar levels.

    When the body stops creating enough insulin, blood sugar levels spike. That’s why type 1 diabetes patients need insulin shots to live safely.

    Type 2 diabetes is different. It’s typically the result of a poor, sugar-rich diet. The body responds by producing large amounts of insulin in an attempt to regulate all the ingested sugar.

    Eventually, the body’s cells become insulin-resistant. That means they no longer react to insulin because there’s just too much of it the body.

    As a result, Insulin shots aren’t particularly well suited to treating type 2 diabetes. The problem, after all, isn’t a lack of insulin – as it is with type 1 diabetes – but too much insulin.

    Want to see all full key ideas from The Diabetes Code?

    Key ideas in The Diabetes Code

    More knowledge in less time
    Read or listen
    Read or listen
    Get the key ideas from nonfiction bestsellers in minutes, not hours.
    Find your next read
    Find your next read
    Get book lists curated by experts and personalized recommendations.
    Shortcasts New
    We’ve teamed up with podcast creators to bring you key insights from podcasts.

    What is The Diabetes Code about?

    The Diabetes Code (2018) addresses one of the western world’s most alarming health epidemics: the rise of type 2 diabetes – a disorder closely related to poor diet and obesity. But as Jason Fung shows, it can be reversed. The important thing is to figure out what works and what doesn’t. Drawing on his professional experience as well as the latest scientific data, Fung makes a powerful case for a dietary strategy to prevent and reverse type 2 diabetes that you can start implementing today.

    The Diabetes Code Review

    The Diabetes Code (2018) by Jason Fung is an enlightening book that sheds light on the causes and solutions for type 2 diabetes. Here's why this book is worth reading:

    • It presents a revolutionary perspective on diabetes, challenging traditional beliefs and providing readers with a fresh understanding of the disease.
    • With clear and actionable advice, it empowers individuals to take control of their health and reverse the effects of diabetes through diet and lifestyle changes.
    • The book's engaging and accessible language ensures that even those unfamiliar with medical jargon can easily grasp the content, keeping the reader captivated throughout.

    Best quote from The Diabetes Code

    Fundamentally, type 1 and type 2 diabetes are polar opposites, one characterized by very low insulin levels and the other by very high ones.

    —Jason Fung
    example alt text

    Who should read The Diabetes Code?

    • Type 2 diabetes patients
    • Anyone battling obesity
    • Nutritional therapists and doctors

    About the Author

    Jason Fung is a doctor and leading medical expert. He specializes in type 2 diabetes, nutrition and obesity and is a well-known advocate of fasting as a cure for the disorder. Fung has written numerous articles on health issues for newspapers and magazines including the Atlantic and the Daily Mail. A regular guest on Fox News, he’s also the author of the bestselling book The Obesity Code (2016).

    Categories with The Diabetes Code

    Book summaries like The Diabetes Code

    People ❤️ Blinkist 
    Sven O.

    It's highly addictive to get core insights on personally relevant topics without repetition or triviality. Added to that the apps ability to suggest kindred interests opens up a foundation of knowledge.

    Thi Viet Quynh N.

    Great app. Good selection of book summaries you can read or listen to while commuting. Instead of scrolling through your social media news feed, this is a much better way to spend your spare time in my opinion.

    Jonathan A.

    Life changing. The concept of being able to grasp a book's main point in such a short time truly opens multiple opportunities to grow every area of your life at a faster rate.

    Renee D.

    Great app. Addicting. Perfect for wait times, morning coffee, evening before bed. Extremely well written, thorough, easy to use.

    People also liked these summaries

    4.7 Stars
    Average ratings on iOS and Google Play
    31 Million
    Downloads on all platforms
    10+ years
    Experience igniting personal growth
    Powerful ideas from top nonfiction

    Try Blinkist to get the key ideas from 7,000+ bestselling nonfiction titles and podcasts. Listen or read in just 15 minutes.

    Start your free trial

    The Diabetes Code FAQs 

    What is the main message of The Diabetes Code?

    The main message of The Diabetes Code is to reverse type 2 diabetes through dietary changes and intermittent fasting.

    How long does it take to read The Diabetes Code?

    The reading time for The Diabetes Code varies depending on the reader, but it typically takes several hours. However, the Blinkist summary can be read in just 15 minutes.

    Is The Diabetes Code a good book? Is it worth reading?

    The Diabetes Code is a valuable read for anyone looking to understand and take control of their diabetes. It offers practical insights and actionable steps to improve health.

    Who is the author of The Diabetes Code?

    The author of The Diabetes Code is Jason Fung.

    What to read after The Diabetes Code?

    If you're wondering what to read next after The Diabetes Code, here are some recommendations we suggest:
    • The Obesity Code by Jason Fung
    • Fast This Way by Dave Asprey
    • Fast. Feast. Repeat. by Gin Stephens
    • What to Eat When by Michael Roizen
    • Fast Burn! by Ian K. Smith
    • Clean(ish) by Gin Stephens
    • Keto Answers by Anthony Gustin
    • Super Human by Dave Asprey
    • Drop Acid by David Perlmutter
    • Always Hungry? by Dr. David Ludwig