Richard K. Bernstein (born June 17, 1934) is a physician and advocate for a low-carbohydrate diabetes diet to help achieve normal blood sugars for diabetics. Bernstein has type 1 diabetes. His private medical practice in Mamaroneck, New York is dedicated to treating diabetes and prediabetes. He is a fellow of the American College of Nutrition, the American College of Endocrinology and The College of Certified Wound Specialists. He is the author of six books on diabetes and normalizing blood sugars.
He was born in New York City in 1934. In 1946, at the age of twelve, Bernstein developed type 1 diabetes. For more than two decades, Bernstein was what he calls, “an ordinary diabetic” -one who dutifully followed doctor’s orders. Despite his diligence coping with the condition, the complications of his diabetes worsened over the years, by the time of Bernstein reached his thirties, many of his body systems had begun to deteriorate.
In October 1969, Bernstein came across an advertisement in the trade journal Lab World. It was a new blood glucose meter that would give a reading in 1 minute, using a single drop of blood, called the Ames Reflectance Meter. The device was intended for emergency staff at hospitals to distinguish unconscious diabetics from unconscious drunks. The instrument weighed three pounds, cost $ 650, and was only available to certified physicians and hospitals. Bernstein asked his wife, a doctor, to order the instrument for him. Bernstein began to measure his blood sugar levels significantly higher throughout the day. To even out his blood sugars, including by reducing the consumption of carbohydrates. Three years after Bernstein began monitoring his own blood sugar levels, his complications were still progressing and he began researching scientific articles about the disease. He discovered several studies on animals that could be prevented and even reversed by normalizing blood sugars. This is in contrast to the treatment of diabetes which focuses on low-fat, high carbohydrate diets and preventable hypoglycemia and ketoacidosis. Bernstein set out to achieve normal blood sugars; within a year he had refined his insulin and diet to the point that they were relatively normal throughout the day. After Bernstein felt healthy and energized. His serum cholesterol and triglyceride levels were, and friends commented that his complexion was no longer gray. He was an early and vocal advocate for self-monitoring of blood sugar by diabetics.
Bernstein believed that the same technique could be used to assist patients with a similar lifestyle. Despite its effectiveness in treating its own condition, it has had difficulty gaining the necessary attention of the medical field to change the standard treatment of diabetics. Bernstein wrote a paper describing his technique and attempted to publish it in many major medical journals, but none would accept it, in part because he was not an MD. In 1977, he decided to give up his job and become a physician- “I could not beat ’em, so I had to join’ em.” At 45 years old, Bernstein entered the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. In 1983 he opened his own practice in Mamaroneck, New York. As of 2006, Bernstein had an HDL cholesterol of 118, LDL of 53, Triglycerides of 45, and average blood sugar of 83 mg / dL. By 2008, at 74 years of age, Bernstein had surpassed the life expectancy of type 1 diabetics. He attributed his longevity to the low-carbohydrate dietary approach and lifestyle changes he had developed for diabetics.
Bernstein’s program for treating diabetes is highly regarded among its patients and achieves great blood sugar control, which includes some of the complications associated with diabetes. This article is published in Pediatrics that Bernstein co-authored. Management of Type 1 Diabetes With a Very Low-Carbohydrate Diet shown, “In this survey of children and adults who follow a VLCD for the long-term treatment of T1DM, we observed measures of glycemic control in the near-normal range, low rates of hypoglycemia and other adverse events, and T1DM, revealing a novel approach to the prevention of long-term diabetes complications. ” The tradeoff is a compliance with a very restricted diet and in many cases, frequent testing and insulin shots. Bernstein strongly opposes the dietary guidelines of the American Diabetes Association (ADA) for both type 1 and type 2 diabetics. His dietary recommendations are in contradiction to most other diets. Some 8 mg of carbohydrates require 1 unit of regular insulin and 1 ounce of insulin and 1 unit of regular insulin. regular insulin. An ounce of protein food is the amount that contains 6 grams of protein, like one egg, or 30 grams (or 1 ounce) of meat …. for the first time, you can lower the dose by 25%, so let’s say you use the above formula,
He is director of the Peripheral Vascular Disease Clinic of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine at the Bronx Municipal Hospital Center.
He developed the acid perfusion test, also called the Bernstein Test, for ZES and GERD.