Type 2 Diabetes: Easily Reversible with Superior Nutrition
Over 29.1 million people in the United States (about 12.3 percent of adults) have type 2 diabetes, and diabetes accounted for 6.8% of global deaths in adults (age 20-79) in 2010.1-3
Excess weight interferes with insulin’s functions, and is the primary risk factor for developing type 2 diabetes. Therefore the most effective treatment for type 2 diabetes is significant weight loss with a healthful diet and regular exercise. However, the primary mode of treatment by physicians today is glucose-lowering medication. These medications give a false sense of security, providing implicit permission to continue the same disease-causing diet and lifestyle that allowed diabetes to develop in the first place. Many of these medications promote weight gain—making the patient more diabetic; most importantly, these medications do not prevent diabetes from progressing and causing complications.
Consequences of Type 2 Diabetes:
- Diabetes is the 7th leading cause of death in the U.S.
- Diabetes increases the risk of heart attack by 80 percent and stroke by 50 percent.
- Diabetes is one of the leading causes of blindness in adults, and the leading cause of kidney failure.
- Sixty to 70 percent of diabetics have nervous system damage.1,4,5
- Type 2 diabetes increases the risk of cancer, especially colorectal cancers.6
Diabetes can be reversed and its tragic complications can be avoided.
The key to diabetes reversal is superior nutrition and exercise. It may take a little extra effort, but avoiding the tragic complications of diabetes and a premature death is well worth it. My diabetes-reversal diet is vegetable-based with a high nutrient to calorie ratio, containing lots of greens and beans, other non-starchy vegetables, (such as mushrooms, eggplant, tomatoes and onions), raw nuts and seeds, and limited fresh fruit with no sweeteners or white flour products. When diabetics eat in this style, they lose their excess weight—the cause of their diabetes—quickly and easily, reducing or eliminating their need for medications and they also flood the body with disease-protective and healing micronutrients and phytochemicals that aid the body’s recovery and self-repair mechanism. We have demonstrated the effectiveness of this nutritional approach in a 2012 study published in the Open Journal of Preventive Medicine. In this study, the mean HbA1c dropped into the non-diabetic range (from 8.2 to 5.8) in one year. Furthermore, the participants dramatically reduced their triglycerides and blood pressure, and 10 out of the 11 participants were able to eliminate all of their glucose-lowering medications.7
Hundreds of diabetic individuals who have followed my dietary recommendations are no longer diabetic!
A few examples:
- Charlotte lost half her body weight (133 lbs.) and reversed her diabetes
- Robert lost 200 lbs. and reversed his diabetes.
- Richard was on insulin for 25 years, and was able to stop taking it after just a few weeks of my high-nutrient diet.
Most of these individuals, who have completely reversed their diabetes, have never seen me as a patient. They merely read my book Eat To Live, and then received further encouragement and information as members of DrFuhrman.com.
The most lifespan enhancing diet-style is the most effective treatment of diabetes. Diabetics have the right to know this so they can make fully informed decisions that control their health destiny.
1. American Diabetes Association: Diabetes statistics [http://www.diabetes.org/diabetes-basics/statistics/]
2. International Diabetes Federation: Morbidity and Mortality [http://www.idf.org/diabetesatlas/diabetes-mortality ]
3. U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. National Diabetes Statistics Report. 2014.
4. National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), National Institutes of Health (NIH). Diabetic Neuropathies. [http://diabetes.niddk.nih.gov/dm/pubs/neuropathies/]
5. National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), National Institutes of Health (NIH). Kidney Disease of Diabetes. [http://kidney.niddk.nih.gov/kudiseases/pubs/kdd/]
6. He J, Stram DO, Kolonel LN, et al. The association of diabetes with colorectal cancer risk: the Multiethnic Cohort. Br J Cancer 2010, 103:120-126.
7. Dunaief DM, Fuhrman J, Dunaief JL, Ying G. Glycemic and cardiovascular parameters improved in type 2 diabetes with the high nutrient density (HND) diet. Open Journal of Preventive Medicine 2012, 2.