Reversing Diabetes with Food

by Dr. Michael Greger; Care2

We have known that type 2 diabetes might be reversed by an intense decrease in food consumption for almost a century and a half, since the 1870 siege of Paris during the Franco-Prussian War. This has been demonstrated experimentally. Really, by people enough, you can reverse diabetes. Diabetes specialists “have long understood that the very small proportion of iron-willed individuals [with diabetes] who will considerably decrease their weight and maintain this, can exhibit a return to normal metabolism.”

“A tag is required to allow physicians to recognize and appropriately manage this subgroup who were willing to do anything to get rid of their diabetes. These are the Health Motivated. In the time of diagnosis, the Health-Motivated people will profit from being advised that they are likely to have the ability to undo their diabetes entirely” by dropping up to one-fifth of their body weight. And then–and only then–if they “reveal they’re not sufficiently strongly encouraged in the event the routine guidelines for managing Type 2 diabetes have been rolled out,” including a great deal of drugs.

Regrettably, the control of blood glucose with drugs has proven to be unsustainable and might actually exacerbate obesity, which makes us put on more fat and, consequently, making a vicious cycle.

There’s got to be a better method.

Instead of starving oneself by consuming less food, what if we only ate better food? What if we ate a diet that emphasizes all-you-can-eat greens, lots of veggies, beans, nuts, seeds, and some whole grains, and is at least 90 percent plant-based? This would be a diet including at least one big salad each day (such as a pound of uncooked greens), veggie-bean soup, a couple of seeds and nuts, fruit at each meal, a pound of cooked greens, and a few whole grains, however no processed grains, junk foods, or oil, and a limitation on animal products. Women and thirteen diabetic men followed this diet.

Hemoglobin A1C is thought to be the best measure of blood glucose control. Below six is ordinary. The American Diabetes Association goal that is officialis to get diabetics at least down to seven. Anything above seven is diabetes. Inside my video below, you can view a chart that is gorgeous that plots how the study participants’ hemoglobin A1C levels reacted begin plowing from the plants. All areas had had diabetes for at least seven years, plus they started off which range from as low as 6. After they started following the diet, their levels dropped, month after month. After about seven weeks, their normal A1C dropped from a diabetic 8.2 down to a non-diabetic 5.8. Nearly all dropped down to normal, which is after falling most of their medications.

Now, this was a pilot study with no control group, a handful of individuals, and including men and women who could stick to the diet a retrospective case series, considered among the forms of evidence. On the other hand, the size indicates that a nutrient-density diet that is high can be very effective for some people.

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