Diabetes

Another disease which has reached epidemic proportions in the modern world. There are 2 types of diabetes- juvenile onset, or Type 1, where insulin injections are generally needed, & adult-onset, or Type 2, where the blood sugar is “managed” by medication. In the last 10 years the two types have become somewhat blurred, in that we are seeing teenagers develop Type 2 & some people developing both types.

There is also an alarming increase in metabolic syndrome or syndrome X.  This is the forerunner to diabetes & is marked by poor cholesterol ratios, high blood glucose, high blood pressure, high triglycerides & abdominal fatness. The underlying problem with both is poor insulin control & sensitivity, caused primarily by the western diet/life style.

The great majority of diabetes cases do not require insulin. These cases are generally medically treated with medication to lower blood sugar (glucose), dietary advice & exercise.

Diabetes has very serious consequences. Increased risk of kidney disease, cardio-vascular & stroke problems, limb amputation & diabetic eye retinopathy (leading to blindness) are just some.

We have found that when the person with Type 2 diabetes adopts the nutritarian diet & life-style we recommend, the blood glucose quickly normalises within a few weeks & medication is rarely needed. Contrary to popular opinion, diabetes is not a difficult disease to overcome!

A similar situation is seen with metabolic syndrome. Rapid normalisation of blood glucose levels is followed by drops in blood
lipids (cholesterol & tryglycerides), blood pressure & weight.

With Type 1 diabetes, the person can often reduce their insulin requirements appreciably, which in itself is a positive step, reducing the risk of complications.

“The Reverse Diabetes Diet” by Dr Neal Barnard (2007), President of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, has shown that complete reversal of diabetes is possible with diet alone. These outstanding results were published in the American Journal of Medicine in 2005.

Sadly, although now proven to reverse diabetes, this life-saving dietary advice is still not being recommended by diabetes support groups & most doctors & dietitians. Their emphasis on eating the old “balanced diet” does not confer the protective qualities of the high nutrient per calorie program so successfully employed by Drs Barnard, Fuhrman & McDougall. This approach forms the mainstay of our nutritional recommendations.

Vastly superior to the diet usually recommended for diabetics, Dr Joel Fuhrman states: “why manage diabetes when you can get rid of it completely?”

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