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Type II Diabetes
Clarence S. Ing, MD, MPH
Good News for People with Type 2 Diabetes!
"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.
Science Agrees... Tests confirm low-fat diet alone reversed type 2 diabetes in laboratory animals.
In a scientific study released on September 9, 1998, " . . . While doctors have long known that weight loss can control diabetes, this is the first scientific study to show that type 2 diabetes can be completely reversed in animals by cutting dietary fat. Moreover, the findings suggest that reducing fat, not just weight, is a primary mechanism behind the reversal."
Richard Surwit, PhD et al, September '98 Metabolism. Duke University
A concurrent program at Weimar's NEWSTART® Lifestyle Center, in which type 2 diabetes patients eat a low-fat diet and exercise daily, is experiencing a similar success in reversing diabetes. Many are completely off all insulin and medication with a normal blood sugar. Neuropathy has been reversed and renal function improved in many. Atherosclerosis, the big killer of people with diabetes, also responds favorably to the NEWSTART® program.
* 50% of people with type 2 diabetes have normal blood sugar without medication in as little as three weeks.
* 80% with diabetic neuropathy have no more pain in their feet and hands.
* Other benefits of working this plan include:
* 80% of men have normal blood pressure without medication.
* a 25% drop in cholesterol is common.
* a 35% increase in exercise capacity occurs.
Crane, MG and Sample, C: Regression of diabetic neuropathy with total vegetarian (vegan) diet. J Nutr Med 1994; 4:431-439.
Scientific research supports use of a low-fat, plant-based diet, plus exercise, in the prevention, treatment and reversal of type 2 diabetes.
The Atkins Diet, The Zone, Protein Power, Sugar Busters and the Stillman Diet all came under the attack of the Nutrition Committee of the American Heart Association (AHA) in a report in the October 9, 2001 issue of the journal Circulation (104:1869-74, 2001).1 For the full story, go to: http://circ.ahajournals.org/cgi/content/full/104/15/1869
Anderson J. Hypolipidemic effects of high-carbohydrate, high-fiber diets. Metabolism 1980; 29:551
Barnard RJ, Lattimore L, Holly RA, Cherny S, Pritikin N. Response of non-insulin-dependent diabetic patients to an intensive program of diet and exercise. Diabetes Care 1982;5:370-74.
Barnard J, Massey M, Cherny S, O'Brien L & Pritikin N. Long-term use of a High-complex-carbohydrate, high-fiber, low-fat diet and exercise in the treatment of NIDDM patients. Diabetes Care 1983;6, No. 3, May-June
Crane MG, Sample C. Regression of diabetic neuropathy with total vegetarian (vegan) diet. J Nutr Med 1994;4:431-39.
Dodson PM, Pacey PH. Bal P, Kubicki AJ, Fletcher RF, Taylor KG. A controlled trial of a high-fiber, low fat, and low sodium diet for mild hypertension in type 2 (non-insulin-dependent) diabetic patients. Diabetologia 1984;27:522.
Kiehm TG, Anderson JW, Ward K. Beneficial effects of a high carbohydrate, high fiber diet on hyperglycemic diabetic men. Am J Clin Nutr 1976; 29:895-899.
Morley GK, Mooradian AD, Levine AS, Morley JE. Mechanism of pain in diabetic peripheral neuropathy. Am J Med 1984;77:79-82.
Nicholson AS, Sklar M, Gore S, Sullivan R, Browning S. The very-low-fat, high-fiber diet in treatment of NIDDM: a randomized, controlled, intervention study. 1997, in press.
Parekh P, Petro A, Tiller J, Feinglos M, Surwit R. Reversal of diet-induced obesity and diabetes in C57BL/6J Mice. Metabolism 1998;47, 9:1-8.
Prevention of Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus by changes in Lifestyle among subjects with impaired glucose tolerance. N Engl J Med 2001;344:1343-1350,1390-1391 J. Tuomelehto and others (study done in Finland).
Prevention of Type 2 Diambetes Mellitus by changes in Lifestyle NEJM 30Aug2001 Vol345#9
Diet, Lifestyle, and Risk of Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus in Women NEJM 13Sept2001 Vol345#11 lead author F.B.Hu and others (this is the Harvard study otherwise called Diabetes Prevention Trial where they found lifestyle changes prevented DM2 by 58% within 3 years compared to "physiological medication" Metformin that prevented DM2 only 31%. Dr. Nathan, professsor of medicine at Harvard is quoted as saying "Lifestyle was significantly better than metformin, no question about it."
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