"How Not to Die from Diabetes" Type 2 diabetes can be prevented,arrested, and even reversed with a plant-based diet, somethingwe've known since back in the 1930s.
Within 5 years, about a quarter of the diabeticswere able to get off insulin altogether.
But plant-based diets arerelatively low calorie diets.
Maybe their diabetes just got betterbecause they lost so much weight.
To tease that out, whatyou need to do is a study where you switch peopleto a healthy diet, but force them to eat so much foodthat they don't lose any weight.
Then we could see if plant-baseddiets have specific benefits beyond just all the easy weight loss.
Well, we'd have to wait44 years, but here it is.
Subjects were weighed every day,and if they started losing weight, they were made to eat more food — in fact, so much more food thatsome of the participants had problems eating it all.
They were like, "Oh, not another salad.
Ugh!" But they eventually adapted,so no significant weight change despite restricting meat, eggs, dairy and junk.
So with zero weight loss dida plant-based diet still help? Overall insulin requirementswere cut about 60%, and half the diabetics were ableto get off their insulin altogether despite no change in weight.
How many years did that take? No, 16 days — 16 days later.
So we're talking diabetics who'vehad diabetes as long as 20 years — injecting 20 units of insulin a day.
And then as few as 13 days later,they're off all their insulin altogether, thanks to less than two weeks on a plant-based diet even with zero weight loss.
Diabetes for 20 years, then off allinsulin in less than two weeks.
Diabetes for 20 years, because no onehad told her about a plant-based diet.
Here's patient #15: 32 units ofinsulin on the control diet, and then 18 days later on none —lowerblood sugars on 32 units less insulin.
That's the power of plants.
And that was without any weight loss.
His body just started workingthat much better! And as a bonus, their cholesterol droppedlike a rock, to under 150 — in 16 days.
Just like moderate changes in diet usuallyonly result in moderate reductions in cholesterol, how moderatedo you want your diabetes? "Everything in moderation" may bea truer statement than some people realize.
Moderate changes in diet can leavediabetics with moderate blindness, moderate kidney failure,moderate amputations — maybe just a couple toes or something.
Moderation in all things isnot necessarily a good thing.
Remember that study that purportedto show that diets high in meat, eggs and dairy could be as harmfulto health as smoking, suggesting that people whoeat lots of animal protein are four times as likely to diefrom cancer or diabetes.
But if you look at the actual study,you'll see that's simply not true.
Those eating a lot of animalprotein didn't have just four times the riskof dying from diabetes, they had 73 times the riskof dying from diabetes.
Now those who chose moderation (only eating a moderateamount of animal protein) they just had 23 timesthe risk of death from diabetes.