Reversing Diabetes with Food

Reversing Diabetes with Food

August 15, 2019 79 By Jose Scott


“Reversing Diabetes with Food” We’ve known type 2 diabetes
could be reversed by an extreme reduction
in food intake, for nearly a century and a half since the 1870 siege of Paris
during the Franco-Prussian War. This has since been
demonstrated experimentally, by starving people enough,
you can reverse diabetes. Diabetes specialists
have long known that the tiny proportion
of iron-willed diabetics who can substantially
decrease their weight and maintain this, can exhibit
a return to normal metabolism. A label is required
to allow doctors to recognize and appropriately
manage this subgroup who were willing
to do anything to get rid of
their diabetes. These are the Health Motivated. At the time of diagnosis,
the Health-Motivated individuals will benefit from
being advised that they are likely to be able
to reverse their diabetes completely by losing up to a
fifth of their body weight. And then and only then
if they’ve showed to not be sufficiently
strongly motivated should the routine guidelines for managing Type 2
diabetes be rolled out, which includes lots of drugs. Unfortunately, the control
of blood sugar with medication has proven to be unsustainable and may actually
exacerbate obesity, make us put on more weight,
creating a vicious cycle. There’s got to be a better way. Instead of starving oneself
by eating less food, what if instead we just
ate better food? A diet that emphasizes
all-you-can-eat greens, lots of vegetables, beans, some
whole grains, nuts, and seeds, at least 90% plant-based, so at least one big
salad every day— like a pound of raw greens,
veggie-bean soup, a handful of nuts and seeds,
fruit at every meal, a pound of cooked greens,
some whole grains, but no refined grains,
junk food, or oil, and a restriction
on animal products. Thirteen diabetic men and women
sticking to this diet for an average
of seven months. How did they do? Hemoglobin A1c is considered the
best measure of blood sugar control. Below six is normal,
non-diabetic, but the official American
Diabetes Association target is to just get diabetics
at least down to 7. And anything above seven
is uncontrolled diabetes. Here’s where they
all started out after having diabetes for an
average of more than seven years. Then they start plowing
in the plants month 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, and 7. After about seven months,
their average A1c dropped from a diabetic 8.2 down
to a non-diabetic 5.8. The majority dropped
down to normal, and this is after dropping
most of their medications. Now this was a pilot study, just a handful of people,
no control group, and included only people who
could actually stick to the diet, a retrospective case series, considered one of the weakest
forms of published evidence. However, the magnitude of
effect they found indicates that a high nutrient
density diet can be very effective
for some people.