Author's Perspective: Although there is no medically-approved cure for Type 2 diabetes, there is a lot of evidence that indicates that you can definitely control the disease and prevent the development of the complications such as amputation, kidney failure, and blindness.
In addition, there is evidence that you can reverse the cellular and tissue damage caused by the diabetes and its complications -- as long as your body obtains the key nutrients to facilitate the healing and repair processes.
Unfortunately, healthcare professionals including doctors, nurses, diabetes educators, and others receive their formal education from various universities and colleges. During their education process, they are taught how to treat most diseases with various drugs.
Interestingly, many of the universities and colleges receive funding from the pharmaceutical industry, giving this industry the "right" and the power to dictate course curriculum!
Of course, no one is going to admit this, but, think about it: With all of these smart and educated people, not one single doctor or healthcare professional believes that there is or could be a cure for a disease such as Type 2 diabetes? Really?
The above was the perspective of most medical experts concerning Type 2 diabetes several years ago. But, slowly and gradually, their thinking has begun to change!
Doctors are good people -- they mean well. Some are even heroes in our community. But, as Dr. Fuhrman mentions (below), doctors have been taught in medical school to believe in the drugs, which creates a dilemma for them.
The list of medical experts who believe that Type 2 diabetes can be reversed naturally is growing. The following studies and reports are just a few of the many cases that demonstrate that Type 2 diabetes is reversible in this country and around the world. Can all of these people be wrong?
Doctors that say type 2 diabetes is reversible include the following list of doctors. In fact, some of these doctors have even developed their own diabetes programs by taking advantage of the raw food movement and the expanding acceptance of plant-based diets.
However, some of these doctors take the safe approach and fail to mention the health issues with cow's milk, gluten, wheat, and other so-called healthy foods. The reason for this is that some doctors don't really understand the science of food and nutrition. So, some of them may take the easy way out and recommend the obvious without being controversial.
- Dr. Neal Barnard
- Dr. Gabriel Cousens
- Dr. Joel Fuhrman
- Dr. Mark Hyman
- Dr. Mehmet Oz
- Dr. Joshua Redd
- Dr. Fredrick Vagnini
- Dr. Andrew Weil
- Dr. Julian Whitaker
- Dr. Robert Young
- Dr. Dennis Courtney
- Dr. Joseph Mercola
- Dr. Les Moore
- Dr. Neal Secrist
Dr. Mehmet Oz says diabetes is reversible.
Acceptance is growing among the mainstream medical community that type 2 diabetes is reversible. Dr. Mehmet Oz is among the many physicians who now say diabetes is completely treatable, and reversible, by making better lifestyle choices.
As reported on Oprah.com, Dr. Oz stated:
“Most diabetes is preventable,” he says. “It is treatable, even reversible … Ninety percent of type 2 diabetics can actually reverse their problem.”
Dr. Mehmet Oz, M.D of The Dr. Oz Show says of Dr Fuhrman’s plan: “A medical breakthrough. If you give this diet your complete commitment, there is no question in my mind that it will work for you.”
Note: Dr. Oz got into a little trouble with some of his TV show sponsors, so he has had to back off making too many statements about reversing type 2 diabetes, especially on national television (which is controlled to a large extent by the pharmaceutical industry).
Dr. Neal Barnard tells Dr. Oz on Oprah Radio that the answer to reversing Type 2 diabetes could be as simple as changing your diet. Dr. Barnard says his research led to a better dietary approach by studying populations with the lowest rates of diabetes—mainly rural Asians whose dietary staple was rice, with very little meat or dairy.
Health and Medicine: Dr. Neal Barnard's Program for Reversing Diabetes (a vegan diet w/ low GI foods) outlines a nutritional approach to diabetes that claims greater efficacy and fewer complications than that of the American Diabetes Association diet, citing the examples of study participants who successfully improved their ability to respond to insulin, lost weight, and ended medication dependency.
Gabriel Cousens, M.D., M.D.(H), D.D. (Doctor of Divinity), Diplomate of American Board of Integrative Holistic Medicine, Ayurveda is considered a leading live-food medical doctor and spiritual nutrition expert. He is also a psychiatrist, family therapist, Ayurvedic practitioner, homeopath, acupuncturist, medical researcher, ecological leader and bestselling author of books such as: Spiritual Nutrition, Conscious Eating and There Is a Cure for Diabetes.
Dr. Cousens has developed the first live-food, vegan Masters' program in the world - in conjunction with University of Integrated Science California. He is the director and founder of the Tree of Life Foundation and the Tree of Life Rejuvenation Center, called by Harper's Magazine, "One of the world's best 10 yoga and detoxification retreats.
On the next NaturalNews Talk Hour - a LIVE internet radio program - Dr. Gabriel Cousens will talk about how to REVERSE diabetes in 21 days with his cutting edge program of natural foods and lifestyle interventions.
Learn more: http://www.naturalnews.com/037083_reverse_diabetes_natural_remedies_blood_sugar.html
Dr. Gabriel Cousens says that you can reverse your diabetes in 21 days with his cutting edge raw food program of natural foods and lifestyle interventions.
Dr. Joel Fuhrman says that heart disease and diabetes are easy to prevent and reverse without drugs and surgery. He stated this on a PBS Special “Three Steps To Incredible Health”.
In the Huffington Post, Dr. Joel Fuhrman explains 'how one can prevent and reverse diabetes and its related symptoms, while losing weight at the same time.' Dr. Fuhrman identifies key foods to eat (beans, greens, vegetables, berries, nuts and seeds) and key foods to avoid (flour, white rice, baked/fried foods, some dairy, red meat, processed meat, sodas, artificial sweeteners).
Here's how Dr. Fuhrman explains the dilemma that doctors face:
"Many physicians are unaware or skeptical that type 2 diabetes can be reversed with superior nutrition. Other physicians agree that weight loss and high-nutrient eating can lead to diabetes reversal, but either don’t know how to motivate their patients or simply doubt that their patients would be willing to make or capable of making the necessary changes. Instead, well-meaning physicians prescribe drugs to bring dangerously high glucose levels down; they want to protect their patients against complications, but the medications cause more problems. Insulin and several oral diabetes medications promote weight gain, which makes the patient even more diabetic, increasing risk for heart disease and necessitating even larger doses of medications -- the patient is caught in a never ending cycle of more and more drugs. Patients are told that medications will take care of their blood glucose."
Dr. Fuhrman, the author of "The End of Diabetes", further states that we need to take more responsibility and not rely on our doctors: "This reliance on medication gives patients a false sense of security and allows them to avoid personal responsibility –- exercising frequently and eating right is not a life-or-death matter when you can “just take a pill.” Many patients don’t realize that their health will continue to deteriorate over time, even with their somewhat more “controlled” glucose levels. Medications can’t do what removing the cause of the diabetes (the standard American diet and a sedentary lifestyle) can do. I say that people with diabetes deserve to know that drugs are a poor option, because my nutritarian diet is infinitely more effective and protective which can grant them the potential to reverse their disease and live healthfully into old age."
Another point: Why do some healthcare professionals get upset when someone announces that they have reversed their diabetes or that they have helped others to reverse their diabetes? (and, have the evidence to prove it!). If reversing one's diabetes is so ridiculous, why do they get so upset and angry? Could it be that they feel insecure or threatened by the truth?
Diabetes And Insulin Resistance Are Reversible
Huffington Post August 8, 2009
Dr. Mark Hyman says type 2 diabetes is reversible with early intervention and a proper diet.
Dr. Mercola: Not only is type 2 diabetes completely preventable, but it is virtually curable for anyone who is willing to put in the hard time and work and recovering their insulin and leptin sensitivity.
Dr. Andrew Weil: Suggestions on preventing and reversing type 2 diabetes:
-- Lose weight.
-- Eat smaller meals more frequently to help regulate blood sugar.
-- Keep refined starches and sugars to a minimum.
-- Eat fish 3 times a week.
-- Eat more non-starchy veggies, including dark leafy greens and cabbages.
-- Eat magnesium-rich foods every day as magnesium can help promote healthy insulin production.
-- Take supplements such as chromium, Alpha lipoic acid and Coenzyme Q10.
Ref: Healing Lifestyles, Melissa Williams November 27, 2012
Diabetes Can Be Treated Without Drugs: Julian Whitaker, MD; Jul 03, 2009
"Hundreds of clinical trials demonstrate that diabetes can not only be prevented but actually reversed -- not with drugs but with simple, inexpensive lifestyle measures."
WebMD: Can You Reverse Type 2 Diabetes? Learn the lifestyle changes that may help you reverse type 2 diabetes.
"If you take obesity out of the picture, your diabetes will improve dramatically," says Osama Hamdy, MD, PhD, the medical director of the Obesity Clinical Program at the Joslin Diabetes Center in Boston.
Reversing diabetes is possible
By Val Willingham, CNN
Bethesda, Maryland (CNN) -- Diabetes type-2 can be reversed. "We have seen numerous people reverse their condition," says Dr. Michelle Magee, director of the MedStar Diabetes Institute in Washington. "But it takes a real dedication for the rest of their lives," she notes.
Cardiologist from New York City says that Type 2 diabetes is reversible: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y6dyZUTSeco
Medical doctor from Pittsburgh, PA says that if we look to engineers, we can beat this disease: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_ECUOu2rFto
“McCulley's diabetes program is phenomenal! -- he's done something that the experts said was impossible. There's something about those engineers . . .”
Dr. W. Bayer, Rochester, NY: “Some of my patients are very excited about your program – because it works! Some of them are reducing their medication and others are coming off their medication.”
Dr. J.B. Grossman, Journal of the National Medical Association (JNMA): “This book is empowering. I plan to keep this book handy in my office.”
Dr. F. Vagnini, NYC: “This is a great book, very thorough and well-written. Buy the book!”
Dr. A. White, NIH: “I'm currently reading the book for the second time. I think that it is outstanding. What you wrote is not taught in medical school, that's why some physicians may not support it. Don't worry my friend, the Public will support you, because you have done a superb job of researching, treating yourself and putting it in writing. Let the book speak for itself and you.”
Dr. J. DiPrima, NY: “What you've done with your recovery and the book is amazing!"
Dr. K. Kalidas, Florida: “Your book is great. Whenever I see a diabetic, I recommend your book to them. ”
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Science News: Reverse your diabetes: You can stay diabetes-free long-term
Date: March 22, 2016
Source: Newcastle University
A new study from Newcastle University has shown that people who reverse their diabetes and then keep their weight down remain free of diabetes. In addition, the team found that even patients who have had Type 2 diabetes for up to 10 years can reverse their condition.
The study, published in Diabetes Care, is the latest research from Professor Roy Taylor, Professor of Medicine and Metabolism at Newcastle University, who also works within Newcastle Hospitals.
Diabetes is reversible
Potentially reversible diabetes conditions include prediabetes — when your blood sugar levels are higher than normal, but not high enough to be classified as diabetes — and gestational diabetes, which occurs during pregnancy.
Reversal of type 2 diabetes via normalization of beta cell function. Diabetologia. 2011 Oct;54(10):2477-9.
A ground breaking new study in Diabetologia proved that Type 2 diabetes can be reversed through diet changes, and, the study showed, this can happen quickly: in one to eight weeks. Lim EL, Hollingsworth KG, Aribisala BS, Chen MJ, Mathers JC, Taylor R.
Very-Low-Calorie Diet and 6 Months of Weight Stability in Type 2 Diabetes: Pathophysiologic Changes in Responders and Nonresponders
Sarah Steven, Kieren G. Hollingsworth, Ahmad Al-Mrabeh, Leah Avery,Benjamin Aribisala, Muriel Caslake, Roy Taylor
Diabetes Care 2016 Mar; dc151942. http://dx.doi.org/10.2337/dc15-1942
Conclusions: A robust and sustainable weight loss program achieved continuing remission of diabetes for at least 6 months in the 40% who responded to a VLCD by achieving fasting plasma glucose of <7 mmol/L. T2DM is a potentially reversible condition.
UK Study shows diabetes is reversible
June 28, 2011
Researchers from Newcastle University have clearly shown that a strict low calorie diet can actually reverse the condition by normalizing blood glucose levels, reducing cholesterol levels and even stimulate the pancreas’s insulin producing cells (beta cells) to return to normal!
However, this was a small-scale study and involved just 11 people; 9 men and 2 women.
The full study was published in the June issue of the journal Diabetologia.
TYPE-2 DIABETES CAN BE REVERSED?
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A new study suggests an extreme eight-week diet can reverse Type 2 diabetes in people newly diagnosed with the disease. Researchers at Britain's Newcastle University found the 600 calories-a-day diet reduced fat levels in the pancreas and liver, which helped insulin production return to normal. Seven out of 11 people who went on the diet, eating only liquid diet drinks and non-starchy vegetables, were free of diabetes three months later. But experts say more research is needed to see whether the reversal is permanent. Lead study author Roy Taylor says, "This diet was only used to test the hypothesis that if people lose substantial weight they will lose their diabetes. Although this study involved people diagnosed with diabetes within the last four years, there is potential for people with longer-standing diabetes to turn things around too."
Type 2 Diabetes "Reversible"
Friday, June 24, 2011
Reversal Of Type 2 Diabetes: Normalisation Of Beta Cell Function In Association With Decreased Pancreas And Liver Triacylglycerol, Diabetologia, June 9, 2011
Studies have been showing that people with type 2 diabetes who undergo gastric bypass surgeries can - within a matter of days - stop being diabetic.
Study finds Type 2 diabetes partly reversible
Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 | By Julia Brownell
Researchers at the School of Medicine have discovered that type 2 diabetes is at least in part an autoimmune disease. Their report, published in this month’s Nature Medicine, shows that B-cells appear in the inflammation of the visceral fat that precedes diabetes, and controlling them with drugs can actually prevent insulin resistance in mice on high-fat diets.
Mainstream media admits diabetes can be reversed through major diet, lifestyle changes
Monday, February 07, 2011 by: Ethan A. Huff, staff writer
(NaturalNews) The mainstream media is just now catching on to what NaturalNews and other natural health advocates have been saying for years: type 2 diabetes can be reversed through dietary and lifestyle changes, and without the need for lifelong drug interventions. A recent report by CNN says that improving one's diet, keeping off excess weight, and regularly exercising, can help millions of people with diabetes get rid of it for good.
Type 2 diabetes can be prevented by the adoption of a healthier lifestyle
In a report in The New England Journal of Medicine, Walter Willett, MD, PhD, and his colleagues from the Harvard School of Public Health demonstrated that 91 percent of all Type 2 diabetes cases could be prevented through improvements lifestyle and diet.
Frank B. Hu, M.D., JoAnn E. Manson, M.D., Meir J. Stampfer, M.D., Graham Colditz, M.D., Simin Liu, M.D., Caren G. Solomon, M.D., and Walter C. Willett, M.D.
N Engl J Med 2001; 345:790-797 September 13, 2001
11 People (55%) Reversed Type 2 Diabetes
American Journal of Clinical Nutrition
August 17, 2010 by Robby
A peer reviewed study demonstrates 11 people (55%) of the patients reversed type 2 diabetes in an average of 16 days.
Anderson, J. W., & Ward, K. (1979). High-carbohydrate, high-fiber diets for insulin-treated men with diabetes mellitus. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 32, 2312-2321.
The abstract is available to the public.
Engineer proves diabetes is reversible with plant-based diet.
February 21, 2006 Rochester Democrat & Chronicle
Xerox engineer reversed his diabetes and got off insulin by following a strict plant-based diet of vegetables, legumes, fish, and plant oils.
PDF file of newspaper article
Diabetes is not necessarily a one-way street.
PCRM Clinical Research
February 15, 2005
Diabetes: Can a Vegan Diet Reverse Diabetes?
By Andrew Nicholson, M.D.
Early studies suggest that persons with type 2 diabetes can improve and, in some cases, even reverse the disease by switching to an unrefined, vegan diet. This is based on a carefully controlled test performed by PCRM.
Working with Georgetown University, PCRM compared two different diets: a high-fiber, low-fat, vegan diet and the more commonly used American Diabetes Association (ADA) diet.
Fasting blood sugars decreased 59 percent more in the vegan group than in the ADA group. And, while the vegans needed less medication to control their blood sugars, the ADA group needed just as much medicine as before. The vegans were taking less medicine, but were in better control.
While the ADA group lost an impressive 8 pounds, on average, the vegans lost nearly 16 pounds. Cholesterol levels also dropped more substantially in the vegan group compared to the ADA group.
Medical research confirms lifestyle change can reverse diabetes
December 21, 1979
Medical research confirms that up to 50% of people with Type 2 diabetes can eliminate diabetes risks and discontinue medication within three weeks by adopting a low-fat, plant food diet and regular daily exercise.
Anderson, JW and Ward, K: High Carbohydrate, High fiber diets for insulin-treated men with diabetes mellitus. Am J Clin Nutr, 1979; 32:2312-21.
Software executive cures himself of diabetes at the age of 30.
Mike Adams, now known as the Health Ranger, cured himself of diabetes in a matter of months and transformed himself into the picture of perfect health in mind, body and spirit. Mike dove into research; he devoured thousands of books on nutrition, pharmaceutical drugs, wellness programs, the politics of food - anything he could find.
Mike has now made it his life mission to share the most remarkable discovery he made on his quest: the vast majority of all diseases can be easily prevented and even cured without drugs or surgery.
The Diabetes Conundrum: What Physicians Are Teaching You May be Killing You - Read the surprising conclusion Dr. Rosedale, one of the leading diabetic doctors in the country, reaches about the current state of knowledge in diabetes.
The Rosedale diet: The real "cure" for diabetes is to eat a diet that promotes insulin and leptin sensitivity.
Natural Treatments For Diabetes: The Whitaker Wellness approach is very effective in reducing and often eliminating the need for oral diabetes drugs and insulin in patients with type 2 diabetes.
The Whitaker Wellness Institute’s approach to diabetes is twofold: to lower blood sugar and to reduce the risk of diabetic complications with diet, exercise, and targeted nutritional supplements.
The Diabetes Prevention Program study, a very large randomized clinical trial , by Deborah Greenwood, MEd, CNS, BC-ADM, CDE: (the most accurate study design) showed that you could reduce the development of diabetes by 58% by doing some simple things. 1. Lose 5-10% of your body weight by eating healthy, with calorie and fat reduction (only 25% of calories from fat). 2. Engage in physical activity for at least 30 minutes five times per week.
These changes can significantly reduce the risk of developing diabetes. Other studies have looked at other types of weight loss such as using meal replacements. The global consensus is that if you lose weight and keep it off, you may be able to prevent diabetes as well as improve blood pressure and lab values.
Simply Raw: Reversing Diabetes in 30 Days is an independent documentary film that chronicles six Americans with diabetes who switch to a diet consisting entirely of vegan, organic, live, raw foods in order to reverse diabetes naturally.
A medical team was established to monitor various health variables of the subjects. The diet: "No meat, no dairy, no alcohol, no caffeine, no refined foods, no junk food or fast food of any kind, no candies, no sugar".
Conclusion: Type 2 diabetes can be cured, or at least drastically reduce blood sugar, hemoglobin a1c, blood pressure, cholesterol, weight, etc.
A randomized trial of a church-based diabetes self-management program for African Americans with type 2 diabetes. Samuel-Hodge CD, Keyserling TC, Park S, Johnston LF, Gizlice Z, Bangdiwala SI. Diabetes Educ. 2009 May-Jun;35(3):439-54. Epub 2009 Apr 21. CONCLUSIONS: The church-based intervention was well received by participants and improved short-term metabolic control.
Effect of a low-glycemic index or a high-cereal fiber diet on type 2 diabetes: a randomized trial. Jenkins DJ, Kendall CW, McKeown-Eyssen G, Josse RG, Silverberg J, Booth GL, Vidgen E, Josse AR, Nguyen TH, Corrigan S, Banach MS, Ares S, Mitchell S, Emam A, Augustin LS, Parker TL, Leiter LA. JAMA. 2008 Dec 17;300(23):2742-53. In patients with type 2 diabetes, 6-month treatment with a low-glycemic index diet resulted in moderately lower HbA(1c) levels compared with a high-cereal fiber diet.
Glucose and insulin responses to whole grain breakfasts varying in soluble fiber, beta-glucan: a dose response study in obese women with increased risk for insulin resistance. Kim H, Stote KS, Behall KM, Spears K, Vinyard B, Conway JM. Eur J Nutr. 2009 Apr;48(3):170-5. Epub 2009 Feb 5. CONCLUSION: These data suggest that acute consumption of 10 g of beta-glucan is able to induce physiologically beneficial effects on postprandial insulin responses in obese women at risk for insulin resistance.
Effects of antioxidant supplementation on insulin sensitivity, endothelial adhesion molecules, and oxidative stress in normal-weight and overweight young adults. Vincent HK, Bourguignon CM, Weltman AL, Vincent KR, Barrett E, Innes KE, Taylor AG. Metabolism. 2009 Feb;58(2):254-62. Antioxidant supplementation moderately lowers HOMA and endothelial adhesion molecule levels in overweight young adults. A potential mechanism to explain this finding is the reduction in oxidative stress by AOX.
Anti-inflammatory effect of lifestyle changes in the Finnish Diabetes Prevention Study. Herder C, Peltonen M, Koenig W, Sütfels K, Lindström J, Martin S, Ilanne-Parikka P, Eriksson JG, Aunola S, Keinänen-Kiukaanniemi S, Valle TT, Uusitupa M, Kolb H, Tuomilehto J; Finnish Diabetes Prevention Study Group. Diabetologia. 2009 Mar;52(3):433-42. Epub 2009 Jan 8. CONCLUSIONS/INTERPRETATION: The present study assessed the individual effects of dietary and physical activity measures on low-grade inflammation in individuals at high cardiometabolic risk. Our results underline the importance of moderate to vigorous LTPA and a diet rich in natural fibre, and this should be emphasised in lifestyle recommendations.
One-year comparison of a high-monounsaturated fat diet with a high-carbohydrate diet in type 2 diabetes. Brehm BJ, Lattin BL, Summer SS, Boback JA, Gilchrist GM, Jandacek RJ, D'Alessio DA. Diabetes Care. 2009 Feb;32(2):215-20. Epub 2008 Oct 28. CONCLUSIONS: In individuals with type 2 diabetes, high-MUFA diets are an alternative to conventional lower-fat, high-CHO diets with comparable beneficial effects on body weight, body composition, cardiovascular risk factors, and glycemic control.
Dietary Calcium and Magnesium Intakes and the Risk of Type 2 Diabetes: the Shanghai Women's Health Study.
Villegas R, Gao YT, Dai Q, Yang G, Cai H, Li H, Zheng W, Shu XO. Vanderbilt Epidemiology Center, Department of Medicine, Vanderbilt University Medical Center and Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center, Nashville, TN, and the Department of Epidemiology, Shanghai Cancer Institute, Shanghai, China.
Note: Three of the largest studies ever done on the incidence of disease are the Harvard Nurses Health study of 85,000 women, the Health Professionals Follow-up study of 43,000 men, and the Iowa Women's Health study of 40,000 women. All three studies showed that those people with the highest levels of magnesium intake had the lowest risk for developing diabetes.
PCRM study published in Obesity in 2007 shows that a vegan diet helps people lose more weight and keep it off more effectively than a more conventional low-fat diet that includes meat and dairy products. Gabrielle M. Turner-McGrievy, M.S., R.D.
PCRM study published in Diabetes Care in 2006, found that participants on a vegan diet experienced significantly greater reductions in A1c (a measure of blood sugar levels over a prolonged period), weight, body mass index, waist circumference, and LDL (“bad”) cholesterol. Neal Barnard, M.D.
The China Study supports a plant-based diet that can prevent heart disease, diabetes, and some cancers. The China Study: The Most Comprehensive Study of Nutrition Ever Conducted and the Startling Implications for Diet, Weight Loss and Long-term Health (2005). Dr. T. Colin Campbell, Ph.D., Nutritional Biochemistry Cornell University.
Note: The China Study was the culmination of a 20-year partnership of Cornell University, Oxford University and the Chinese Academy of Preventive Medicine.
The China Study and Dr. T. Colin Campbell have received national and international television, radio, print and online media coverage, including features, mentions and reviews in The Huffington Post, The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, CNN, AOL, EXTRA!, HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher, Elle.com, PR Newswire, The Dr. Oz Show, The Boston Globe, WNPR, The Economist, and The Japan Times, among many others.
Notable is an interview with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer in which former President Bill Clinton mentioned his adoption of a “plant-based” diet as popularized in The China Study.
Dr. Campbell was one of the doctors featured in the popular 2011 documentary Forks Over Knives. He also appeared in the award-winning documentary film PLANEAT and in the movie A Delicate Balance.
Reduction in risk factors for type 2 diabetes mellitus in response to a low-sugar, high-fiber dietary intervention in overweight Latino adolescents. Ventura E, Davis J, Byrd-Williams C, Alexander K, McClain A, Lane CJ, Spruijt-Metz D, Weigensberg M, Goran M. Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2009 Apr;163(4):320-7.
A low-fat vegan diet elicits greater macronutrient changes, but is comparable in adherence and acceptability, compared with a more conventional diabetes diet among individuals with type 2 diabetes. Barnard ND, Gloede L, Cohen J, Jenkins DJ, Turner-McGrievy G, Green AA, Ferdowsian H. J Am Diet Assoc. 2009 Feb;109(2):263-72.
Article Published February 5, 2013 by David Spero, RN
The following article provides a summary of the findings of various diets that have proven to reverse Type 2 diabetes.
“Reversal of Type 2 Diabetes: Normalization of beta cell function in association with decreased pancreas and liver triacylglycerol.” Paper published June 24, 2011, by Dr. Taylor’s research group. The paper details how 11 study subjects who were put on a 600-calorie diet for eight weeks regained normal insulin function, had normal lab results, and stopped taking all diabetes medicines, some after only one week. Quoted in the United Kingdom’s Daily Telegraph, Taylor said, “While it has long been believed that someone with Type 2 diabetes will always have the disease, and that it will steadily get worse, we have shown that we can reverse the condition.”
In his book Dr. Bernstein’s Diabetes Solution: The complete guide to achieving normal blood sugars, (first published in 1997 and updated periodically since then), Richard Bernstein, MD, recounts how he stabilized his Type 1 diabetes and reversed most of its complications with a low-carbohydrate diet.
A group of people in the United Kingdom with both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes created the website Low Carb Diabetic to report how they normalized their blood glucose levels. They write, “While some medications can help to reduce blood glucose, a reduction of the foods in the diet which raise levels in the first place can be sufficient to normalize them. Medication can therefore often be reduced and in some cases (Type 2 diabetics only) eliminated altogether.”
One Duke University study followed 82 obese people with Type 2 diabetes who were assigned to either a very-low-carb or a low-calorie diet. After six months, the low-carb group had a lower average HbA1c level and had lost more weight than the low-calorie group, and 95% were able to reduce or totally eliminate their diabetes medicines. Eric Westman, MD, director of Duke’s Lifestyle Medicine Program and lead author of the study, said, “If you cut out the carbohydrates, your blood sugar goes down, and you lose weight, which lowers your blood sugar even further. It’s a one-two punch.”
Vegetarian diets and vegan diets (no meat, eggs, or dairy) are known to help prevent diabetes. One two-year study of 25,000 people in the United States and Canada found that vegans had only one-fourth the risk of developing diabetes as nonvegetarians.
Dr. Neal Barnard, a professor at the George Washington University School of Medicine and president of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, is a leading proponent of a vegan diet for diabetes. On PCRM’s Web site, you can see many “success stories” of people who have regained normal glucose numbers on a vegan diet. One former police officer reports, “My [HbA1c level] dropped from over 9% to 5.3%, my cholesterol dropped from 221 to 148 points, and I have lost 74 pounds” over a six-year period.
In a Czech study published in 2011, 74 people with Type 2 diabetes were randomly assigned to either a vegetarian or a conventional diabetes diet. Both diets had the same low number of calories. Over 24 weeks, 43% of people in the vegetarian group were able to reduce their diabetes medicines, compared with only 5% in the conventional group. The vegetarian group lost more weight and had much better insulin sensitivity.
The Waianae Diet Program is a community-based approach that uses a traditional Hawaiian diet to reduce chronic disease in Native Hawaiians. A study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition reported that people on a native diet (low in fat, high in complex carbohydrate) lost significant weight and reduced their cholesterol and blood pressure, even though they were encouraged to eat as much as they wanted. The study did not examine glucose levels, but in other studies, blood glucose often corresponds to improvements in these other measurements.
Some Native Americans are replacing government food with traditional foods. In an article called “Native American Traditions Return to Heal Diabetes,” New American Media reports on Wisconsin tribes that are replacing packaged food with food “harvested from the land, such as maple syrup, venison, perch, and wild rice.
In the woods, there’s wild turkey, partridge, bear, and rabbit. Local waters have plenty of walleye, pan fish, trout, and other fish. And the reservation thrives with wintergreen, leeks, apples, juneberries, and other plants to harvest.”
More and more people are “trying to fight the epidemic of Type 2 diabetes in Indian Country through a return to traditional foods, exercise, and public health education.” These programs are taking off in tribes throughout the United States, Canada, and the Pacific Islands.
Bariatric (“weight-loss”) surgery such as gastric bypass and gastric banding frequently puts Type 2 diabetes into remission. This means that the signs of diabetes disappear – often within days, before any significant weight is lost. This phenomenon was completely unexpected when it was first discovered a few years ago and has led to a surge in the number of surgeries performed.
Some experts believe remission occurs because the surgery affects gut hormones, which somehow impact pancreas function. This could be happening, but Dr. Taylor thinks the remission might actually occur because the surgery severely limits what people can eat.
But, bariatric surgery has significant side effects and risks, however, which may include digestive problems, nutrient deficiencies, and even death.
There are hundreds, if not thousands of clinical studies and references that indicate or support that Type 2 diabetes can be reversed.
And, just think back -- it wasn't too long ago when you couldn't find a doctor who would admit this. Of course, given that more than 95% of conventional medicine doctors still won't admit that Type 2 diabetes is reversible or can be controlled with diet and exercise, we have a long way to go ...
Note: Refer to the Clinical References web page for more information from medical sources about reversing Type 2 diabetes.
Now that you know that there are doctors around the world that believe that Type 2 diabetes can be reversed, it's time for you to get started on your journey to wellness and reversing your own diabetes.
As long as you're willing to change and make the proper changes, reversing your diabetes is possible and achievable.
The Death to Diabetes (DTD) Wellness Program has had a high success rate greater than 92% with reversing Type 2 diabetes for 3 reasons:
1. Diabetics identify with the author's struggle and recovery from his diabetic coma.
2. The DTD program is easy to implement -- no need to count carbs or calories.
3. The DTD program provides coaching and counseling after diabetics have read the book and implemented the program.
From a business perspective, we need to accept the fact that the medical industry isn't going to find or even tell us if they have a cure for diabetes!
Instead, all of us need to educate our family, our friends, our community and others that even though there is no official cure you can at least get the disease under control without any medications.
Type 2 diabetes can be cured according to all the promotions on the Internet. There have been hundreds of diabetes cure promotions for 90 days, 60 days, 6 weeks, 4 weeks, a month, and now 30 days.
There are other diabetes cure promotions and reverse diabetes promotions based on a raw food diet, and other diets.
In addition, there are other diabetes cure promotions and reverse diabetes promotions based on raw juicing, detox, and other alternative therapies.
Unfortunately, many of these diabetes cure programs are being marketed to take advantage of a growing and desperate diabetic population that is looking for a solution to their diabetes and other diabetic complications.
Whether you've been burned or not by any of these program, realize that you must be careful. Review our Diabetes Scams web page to ensure that you know how to recognize a diabetes scam -- before you give up your hard-earned money.
Concerning the feasibility of these diabetes cure programs, please realize that one of the key pathologies of Type 2 diabetes is the damage (glycation) to the red blood cells, caused by the diabetes.
Since it takes 90-120 days to turn over your (damaged) red blood cells, it is highly improbable to cure your diabetes in less than 90 days!
Unfortunately, most diabetics lack the science background, and consequently, become susceptible to these types of scams and promotions.
However, the Death to Diabetes Program does explain the science (in layman terms) so that you don't become susceptible to these scams:
- Pathophysiology of Type 2 Diabetes
- Epidemiology and Etiology of Diabetes
- Science Behind the DTD Program
After reading this information, then, take a look a look at our Reverse Diabetes Programs and Reverse Diabetes Diets web pages so that you know what you should be looking for before you purchase a diabetes book or start a diabetes program.
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