Reversing Diabetes: No
Drugs, No Insulin, Just Common Sense
Reversing Diabetes with a low-fat diet is a surprisingly
straightforward process that anyone can follow.
Although the medical community has been slow to embrace it, study after
study has shown that people can cure themselves of type two diabetes by
changing what they put in their mouth.
while they will benefit from a low-fat raw vegan diet,
cannot reverse their disease.
If you listen to your doctor, you'll be put on medication and/or
insulin when your blood sugar levels climb too high and you meet other
critetia. You'll probably
stay on these for the rest of your life if you don't change your diet
and lifestyle because drugs are not a cure for diabetes.
Only your body can heal itself, but it will only do so when you stop
bombarding it with unhealthly foods.
In this article I'll explain why you should consider reversing diabetes
through dietary changes, and how to go about doing it.
Reversing Diabetes: What's Wrong With The Status Quo
ditch insulin and drugs is because they don't
Millions of people in the western world have been injecting
themselves full of insulin and taking medications for about a century
without reversing diabetes.
The treatments suggested by the medical industry, including the
American Diabetes Association, have a long and well-studied history of
failure to do anything but maintain the status quo, perhaps because it
is such an immensely profitable status quo, with billions of dollars on
The fact is that a lack of insulin and drugs did not cause type two
diabetes to appear in any patients, and so forcing them to take these
will not get rid of the disease. Only by removing the cause will the
symptoms disappear, which we'll get into later.
But besides that fact that drugs utterly fail to cure diabetes, they
also worsen the health of patients.
The situation has gotten so bad that medical authorities are speaking
out. In 2010, the
lambasted medical professionals for their
obsession with controlling blood sugar with medication while ignoring
the fact that patients can prevent or reverse the majority of diabetes
cases with diet and lifestyle changes.
The journal's editors called it a, "public health humiliation," that
diabetes, a preventable disease, has been allowed to become an
epidemic. Of the diabetes research presented at the 2010 American
Diabetes Association national meeting, the editors said, "…there is a
glaring absence: no research on lifestyle interventions to prevent or
reverse diabetes. In this respect, medicine might be winning the battle
of glucose control, but is losing the war against diabetes (1).”
Reversing Diabetes: How Diabetes Treatments Will Kill
Beginning in 1972, the Physicians Desk Reference, a standard reference
book for doctors, has carried the following warning for every diabetes
pill in heavy black print: “Special
Warning on Increased Risk of Cardiovascular Mortality.”
That these diabetes medications wreak havoc on your body is well known.
In fact, major studies have pointed out that patients undergoing
aggressive drug and insulin treatment regimes have higher cholesterol,
triglyceride, and blood pressure levels as well as more weight gain,
chance of stroke, chance of heart disease, and are more likely to die
of all other causes compared to patients receiving less aggressive
diabetes treatment (2-8).
What's better than, "less aggressive treatment"? Taking no drugs or
insulin because the disease has disappeared from your body.
To do that, you have to understand what causes type two diabetes in the
first place so you can reverse the disease.
Reversing Diabetes: The Real Cause Of Diabetes
It's well known that our
fatty diets of meat,
bring about type 2 diabetes (9-11).
This is not new information. As far back as 1927, Dr. E.P. Joslin,
founder of the famous Joslin Diabetes Center, suggested that the
high-fat diets of his patients were not only causing their diabetes,
but also the heart disease they frequently died of (12).
When we eat high-fat diets, fat coats our blood-vessel walls, insulin
receptor sites, and our insulin and sugar molecules, slowing the rapid
exit of sugar from the blood stream to a crawl. The end result is high
blood sugar. Over time, this often results in diabetes, although other
complications can arise.
For a better understanding of exactly how fat leads to higher blood
sugar levels, check out this article.
Reversing Diabetes: As Simple As Going Low Fat
Numerous studies have shown
the most effective way to go about reversing diabetes and lowering
blood sugar levels is to eat a low-fat vegan diet, with no more than 10
percent of calories coming from fat.
It's virtually impossible to eat a low-fat diet while consuming animal
products in any significant quantity, so it make sense to cut them out.
Oils and other fatty processed foods are also excluded.
One recent study looking at this diet showed that type 2 diabetes
patients were able to drop their fasting serum glucose concentration
28% compared with 12% for a control group following the dietary
guidelines of the American Diabetes Association. The vegan group also
lost more weight and lowered their cholesterol by a greater degree
These blood sugar drops are so impressive that patients are usually
able to discontinue medications and insulin injections within weeks.
A similar trial studying the ability of a low-fat near-vegetarian
diet's (very small quantities of meat were allowed) ability to reverse
diabetes in combination with exercise showed similarly impressive
gains. After only 26 days patients largely ditched their medications.
In all, 21 of 23 patients on oral medications and 13 of 17 patients on
insulin were able to get off of their medications (14).
For all intents and purposes they had reversed diabetes, in some cases
ending decades-long dependency on medication and insulin.
You can do the same.
Reversing Diabetes: How To Do It
Although there have been no studies looking at a low-fat
raw food diet's ability to reverse diabetes, my own personal experience
is that it's even more effective than low-fat cooked vegan diets.
Although I am barred by law from ever treating anyone for a disease
because I am not a doctor, through my raw food
coaching service I've helped three diabetics in fairly good health
get on a sustainable raw food diet.
Each told me within a week and a half that they were off their insulin
because they didn't need it to maintain healthy blood sugar levels.
Considering that most type 2 diabetics stay diabetic for life, I'd say
that's a pretty rapid turn around.
Of course, all cases are unique, and those in poorer health may
require more time for their bodies to normalize.
There are hundreds of pages of resources on this site explaining how to
adopt a low-fat raw diet, if you'd like to make the change yourself.
In short, though, you need to get most of your calories from fruit,
while also eating plenty of vegetables. Avoid overt fats (foods
that are obviously fatty), like nuts, seeds, and avocados, while you're
reversing your diabetes. This will mean that your fat levels comes in
at under 10 percent of calories consumed.
When you stabilize your condition you can bring healthy, unprocessed
overt fats back into your diet in small quantities.
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