Can You Cure Diabetes With A Vegan Diet?

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Plant-based Diets For Diabetes

The three diabetes videos I mentioned are: For those seeking a deeper understanding of what diabetes really is and what causes it, check out How Not to Die from Diabetes, and this series of videos: Thankfully, not only can diabetes be reversed, but so can some of its complications. See Can Diabetic Retinopathy Be Reversed? and, for diabetic neuropathy, my live annual review From Table to Able: Combating Disabling Diseases with Food. Of course, preventing it is better: There are some foods that may increase the risk: And others that may help: If you haven’t yet, you can subscribe to my videos for free by clicking here. Continue reading >>

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  1. PB

    "Type 2 diabetes can be reversed following an intensive weight management programme, according a randomised trial in adults who have had the condition for up to 6 years, published in The Lancet."
    "Type 2 diabetes is a heterogeneous disease with a rapidly increasing prevalence worldwide. The main risk factors are weight gain and obesity, sedentary lifestyle, and unhealthy dietary pattern—all of which are modifiable.1 Well controlled lifestyle interventions in individuals with impaired glucose tolerance can prevent or postpone the development of type 2 diabetes through weight loss, physical activity, and healthy dietary choices.2,3 Moreover, diabetes risk is decreased for many years after the active intervention period, suggesting a legacy effect."
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    I've been reading about the Newcastle Diet for sometime, it goes back about 5 years or more. Basically it attempts to answer the question "Can a highly restrictive diet, like that imposed by bariatric surgery, also reverse diabetes as effectively as the surgery?" After three studies, the last one (DiRECT) was performed in clinics in typical provider primary care and shows reversal in a majority of the cases. DiRECT was their trial to take it out of the lab and determine if ND could be successful working through primary care providers, local doctors and clinics.
    Their use of the word reversal means that the subjects are able to pass insulin / BG responses similar to non-diabetics. The response tests are somewhat similar to an OGTT (Oral Glucose Tolerance Test).
    I've also been following individuals that are following the ND protocol to see what their results are. Their results are detailed on a forum "diabetes.co.uk". In general their results have been positive. Each poster has their own style so it's a bit of a challenge to tease out hard data. Some posters that start (usually enthusiastically) will try it for a while then stop posting. It's a shame because the baseline info - A1c, FBG, weight, BMI, how long D, medications, all indicators of the severity of the D, disappear when they quit. Shows there's higher success with a supportive environment, education, preparation and planning. The trials provided this additional support. What I've learned on the forum reading individual posts are more detailed personal accounts you can't get from reading the trial's statistical compilation.
    It does look promising that clinics could use this ND and achieve such remarkable results.
    My take on the low-carb, ketogenic, and intermittent fasting is these are effective tools to improve BG for the short and long term but not the same as a reversal. More like using diet as a way to limit available bloodstream glucose. And this approach can be healthy, sustainable and have all the benefits of reversal. I suspect, though, that taking an OGTT of 75 grams of sugar with 8 oz of water and keeping BG in a non-diabetic range would not be possible for many.
    Passing an OGTT may not mean you've regrown your pancreas but I think it's a reasonable standard that can be used to infer whether or not a particular regimen is effective.
    *Note: reversal and remission are used interchangeably here but are different in regards to sustained time -- years versus months. I'd like it if this thread avoided discussion of reversal - cure - remission and control in order to focus on the main subject and that is the DiRECT trial and it's viability as a way to combat the diabetic epidemic.

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    Low carb diet worked for me. Went from a1c of 9% and 4 different diabetes meds a day to zero diabetes meds and a1c of 4.6%. Been off the meds for over 1 year.
    Congrats on a great job getting on top of D. If you don't mind me asking, how much weight did you lose (or change in BMI and waist to hip ratio) and have you done an OGTT (after carbing up) and results? Your A1c looks good. However I'm generally interested in other commonly/easily available benchmarks that might look a little deeper. Like into fatty liver or pancreas, visceral fat for example that might indicate how far you've progressed beyond what FBG or A1c can tell you.

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