Low Carb Diabetes Diet Plan Reverses Type 2 Diabetes

Balanced Low Carb Diabetes Diet Plan Controls & Reverses Type 2 Diabetes


Balanced Low Carb Diet Helps to Lower Your Blood Sugar and Reverse Your Type 2 Diabetes

We all know that eating healthy foods is critical to lowering and controlling your blood sugars. But, what most people don't know is that some of the foods that are considered "healthy" are actually not healthy for people with Type 2 diabetes!

For example, when I first started researching about food and diabetes, I learned that eating oatmeal in the morning was not the best thing for my diabetes!

Instead I replaced the oatmeal with broccoli, Brussels sprouts and spinach (low-carb vegetables) and my blood sugar started to drop almost immediately! 

As a result, I was able to wean off my insulin and other medications within 3.5 months.

Just try a low-carb vegetable (like broccoli) for breakfast (along with some wild salmon for the protein and extra virgin olive oil for the fat); and, watch your blood sugars start to come down. Hard to believe, right? Just try it -- you'll be pleasantly surprised.

In fact, a ground breaking new study in the journal Diabetologia proved that Type 2 diabetes can be reversed via the normalization of beta cell function and diet changes, and, the study showed, this can happen quickly: in one to eight weeks.

[Reference: Diabetologia. 2011 Oct;54(10):2506-14. Reversal of type 2 diabetes].

The Death to Diabetes Nutritional Program (aka DTD Diet) utilizes principles of a low carb vegetable-based diet that is macronutrient-balanced. Why is that important?

Because vegetables provide key vitamins, minerals and other nutrients that diabetics need to fight their diabetes. 

And, a balanced low carb diet (vs. the typical low carb diet) provides a better distribution  of the key macronutrients and micronutrients that your body's cells need to fight your diabetes. 

Since there are some low carb diets that do not emphasize vegetables and other key micronutrients, don't assume that all low carb diets are equal and have the same effect on your blood sugar and diabetes.

The Death to Diabetes Nutritional Program (aka DTD Diet) also utilizes principles of the Mediterranean Diet, the Vegetarian Diet, and the Low Carb High Fat (LCHF) Diet to help control your blood sugar [Refer to clinical references at the bottom of this page and on the Clinical Studies web page].

However, the DTD Diet goes beyond these other diets by identifying the key nutrients that a diabetic needs to prevent and treat diabetic complications such as kidney problems (nephropathy), eye problems (retinopathy), heart disease, nerve problems (neuropathy) and amputation. 

The key is to begin eating healthy foods as soon as possible! 

If you want lots of healthy and balanced diabetic recipes associated with the Death to Diabetes Program; and, learn how to enjoy some of your favorite comfort foods, then, get the engineer's 3-in-1 Death to Diabetes Cookbook.

If you want to learn how to start a keto or LCHF diet; or, learn how to do intermittent fasting properly, then, get the Low Carb Diets book.

Diabetes Cookbook

Low Carb Diets Book

Health Benefits of the DTD Diet Plan

The Death to Diabetes Nutritional Program (aka DTD Diet) provides a balanced diet with many health  benefits, especially for people who are struggling with managing and controlling Type 2 diabetes.

Some of those benefits include the following:

  • Turn your body into a fat-burning machine!
  • Lower your blood glucose level to the normal range
  • Control your diabetes 
  • Lose weight effortlessly and permanently
  • Lose the belly fat and feel energized!
  • Lower blood pressure!
  • Lower cholesterol
  • Less pain and discomfort
  • No nutrient deficiencies
  • Save your hard-earned money!
  • No need for toxic drugs! (and their side effects)
  • Enjoy eating without the anxiety!
  • Look good and feel good!
  • Avoid the "insulin addiction" trap!
  • Enjoy weddings, picnics, birthday parties, and other social events!
  • Enjoy a better sex life!
  • Surprise your friends who will think you had a face-lift or liposuction!
  • Prevent a heart attack, stroke, blindness, amputation, or kidney failure!

In addition, this nutritional program is easy to implement and does not require any calorie or carb counting as long as you adhere to the Super Meal Plate Model (see below).

Although this DTD Diet has some of the attributes of a low carb high fat (LCHF) diet, it is a lot more than that because it addresses the root causes and biological processes that fuel Type 2 diabetes.

Note: This type of nutrient-dense and balanced low carb and plant-based diet can help to possibly reverse your Type 2 diabetes and put it into remission. For clinical studies and medical references to substantiate this, refer to the list at the bottom of this web page or visit the Clinical Studies for Reversing Type 2 Diabetes web page.

Which Foods Are Best for Type 2 Diabetics?

There are a lot of diets that proclaim that they know which foods are best for you.

But, seriously, do you really know which foods are best for you and your Type 2 diabetes?

Is there a book out there that clearly explains what foods to eat vs not eat to control your diabetes?

The 5 "Live"  Foods to Eat on the Type 2 Diabetes Low Carb Diet

If you want to be able to plan and prepare meals that will help you to better control your blood sugar and better manage your diabetes, then, you need to know what foods you should be eating.

Here is the first diagram that I created for my public talks and lectures to show the audience what are the key "live" foods that they should be eating.

The 5 Live Super Foods

These 5 "live" foods that you should eat include:

  • Low carbs, e.g. vegetables, some whole fruits
  • Lean proteins, e.g. fatty fish, nuts/seeds, beans, grass-fed meat
  • Healthy fats, e.g. extra virgin olive oil, extra virgin coconut oil, extra virgin avocado oil
  • Healthy beverages, e.g. filtered/distilled water, raw juice, nut milk, herbal tea

These 5 foods contain the key vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients that diabetics need in order to control their blood sugar and manage their diabetes more effectively.

The 5 "Dead" Foods to Avoid on the Type 2 Diabetes Low Carb Diet 

Here is the second diagram that I created to show the audience what are the key foods to avoid, especially if they wanted to lower their blood sugar and preent the insulin spikes.

These 5 "dead" foods that you should avoid include:

  • Flour, starches, e.g. cereal, bread, pasta, rice, potatoes
  • Sugar, sweets, e.g. cakes, pies, candy, soda, fruit juice
  • Trans fats, e.g. margarine, vegetable oil, fried foods
  • Saturated fats, e.g. lunch meat, animal meat, hard cheese
  • Drugs, e.g. OTC, prescription, recreational

These 5 foods contain harmful chemicals and toxins that help to trigger diseases like Type 2 diabetes, Type 3 diabetes (Alzheimer's), heart disease and cancer.

In addition, these 5 foods lack the key nutrients that diabetics need in order to control their blood sugar and properly manage their diabetes.  

Now that you know what foods to eat and avoid, it makes it easier to shop for groceries as well as design diabetic-friendly meals.

Refer to the Diabetic Meal Plan/Plate Model web page to see what your plate should look like in order to be diabetic-friendly.

If you want a lot of healthy diabetic meals to help you control your blood sugar,manage your diabetes and possibly reverse your diabetes, then, get the Diabetes Cookbook.

If you want to learn how to use one of the very low carb diets such as the Ketogenic Diet or the Low Carb High (LCHF) Diet; or, if you want to learn how to do intermittent fasting properly, then, get the Low Carb Diets book.

Diabetes Cookbook

Low Carb Diets Book

Low Carb Vegetables

Low carb vegetables include broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, celery, cucumber,lettuce, spinach, and watercress.

Vegetables: Carbs, Fiber & Net Carbs

Here is a list of some of the more common vegetables with their total carbs, fiber content, and net carbs, based on a serving of 100 grams.

Next Steps: Balanced Low Carb Diabetes Diet Plan

If you want a lot of balanced low carb diabetic recipes for meals, snacks, appetizers and desserts, then, get the popular Death to Diabetes Cookbook.

If you're more interested in one of the very low carb diets, then, get the DTD Low Carb Diet book (aka Ketogenic, LCHF, Paleo, IF & DTD Diets Book).


Diabetes Cookbook

Low Carb Diets Book

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GREAT News! Clinical Studies Prove That Type 2 Diabetes Can Now Be Reversed!

Various clinical studies, references and reports prove that Type 2 diabetes can nowbe reversed into remission. Visit our Clinical Studies web page for more details!

Clinical Studies & Diets Support Type 2 Diabetes Can Be Reversed

ADA-UK Definition of Type 2 Diabetes Remission

Diabetes remission in people with Type 2 diabetes means that your blood sugar levels are healthy without needing to take any diabetes medication.

Our research tells us that diabetes remission is most likely nearer to your diagnosis and strongly linked to weight loss.

Our researchers used an HbA1c level of 48mmol/mol (6.5%) or less to define remission.

Some people call this reversing Type 2 diabetes or even a cure, but we prefer the term remission because your diabetes can come back. And there’s no guarantee you will reach remission – the research so far suggests that it isn’t possible for everyone.

Scientists have been busy investigating a new weight management treatment, which includes a low-calorie diet, to help people put their Type 2 diabetes into remission.

We also know that some people in remission got there by losing weight through the Mediterranean diet or a low-carb diet. Everyone’s different and what works for some may not for others.

This ground-breaking study is called DiRECT, short for Diabetes Remission Clinical Trial. The results have already inspired the NHS England to pilot a Type 2 diabetes remission programme later in 2019 and Scotlandare busy rolling out programmes right now.


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 is a reversible condition

Source: Newcastle University

Date: September 13, 2017

Summary: People with type 2 diabetes can reverse the condition through a low calorie diet.

A body of research putting people with Type 2 diabetes on a low calorie diet has confirmed the underlying causes of the condition and established that it is reversible.

Professor Roy Taylor at Newcastle University, UK says that this reversal of diabetes remains possible for at least 10 years after the onset of the condition.

The body of research by Professor Roy Taylor now confirms his Twin Cycle Hypothesis -- that Type 2 diabetes is caused by excess fat actually within both liver and pancreas.

"The good news for people with Type 2 diabetes is that our work shows that even if you have had the condition for 10 years, you are likely to be able to reverse it by moving that all important tiny amount of fat out of the pancreas. At present, this can only be done through substantial weight loss," Professor Taylor adds.

After the details were posted on the Newcastle University, UK website, this has been applied clinically and people who were highly motivated have reported that they have reversed their type 2 diabetes and continued to have normal glucose levels (normoglycaemic) over years.


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

N Engl J Med 2001; 345:790-797 September 13, 2001
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.
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.


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.

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.

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.


A Fasting Diet Could Reverse Diabetes And Repair The Pancreas, Says New Research

by David Nield

Researchers have been able to reverse symptoms of diabetes and restore pancreas functions in mice by putting them on a version of the fasting-mimicking diet.

In the latest study, mice were put into the artificial fasting mode for four days a week over a period of several months.

Scientists found this was enough to regenerate beta cells in the pancreas, responsible for storing and releasing insulin. Damaged cells were replaced by working ones.

The next step is to set up a clinical trial in humans, and preparations for that are already underway.


Vegetarian diets and glycemic control in diabetes: a systematic review and meta-analysis

Yoko Yokoyama, Neal D. Barnard, Susan M. Levin, Mitsuhiro Watanabe

Results: Consumption of vegetarian diets was associated with a significant reduction in HbA1c (-0.39 percentage point; 95% confidence interval), and a non-significant reduction in fasting blood glucose concentration (-0.36 mmol/L; 95% confidence interval).

Conclusions: Consumption of vegetarian diets is associated with improved glycemic control in type 2 diabetes.


The data is in: Eat right, reduce your risk of diabetes.

Robert H. Shmerling, MD

Faculty Editor, Harvard Health Publishing

Harvard Health Blog: Researchers publishing in PLoS Medicine describe a study of more than 200,000 people in the U.S. who participated in health surveys over a 20-year period. They found that:

People who chose diets that were predominately of plant-based foods developed type 2 diabetes 20% less often than the rest of the study subjects.

For those with the very healthiest plant-based diets (including fruits, vegetables, nuts, beans, and whole grains), the reduction in type 2 diabetes was 34%.


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 emphasized 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.


The Waianae Diet Program (WDP): a culturally sensitive, community-based obesity and clinical intervention program for the Native Hawaiian population.
Shintani T1, Beckham S, O'Connor HK, Hughes C, Sato A.
The Waianae Diet Program (WDP) was designed at the Waianae Coast Comprehensive Health Center in response to the high rates of obesity and chronic disease among Native Hawaiians. It has demonstrated significant weight loss with no calorie restriction, improvement in blood pressure, serum glucose, and serum lipids. It appears to have wide acceptance in the Hawaiian community. More studies are warranted to determine the long-term effect of this program.


Note 1: For additional clinical studies and references that support reversing Type 2 diabetes, visit our Clinical Studies for Reversing Type 2 Diabetes web page.

Note 2: For clinical studies and references about nutrition, foods, minerals and other supplements , refer to our General Clinical Studies web page.




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