In the past couple of weeks I’ve had the pleasure to talk to two people who are managing their diabetes, type 2, with diet and exercise. One individual has lost 60 pounds this year and they both no longer need medication. How is this possible?
Many of the choices we make every day affect our health. It’s a matter of whether you want to manage your wellness naturally, when it is possible, or take medication. Both people I spoke with are being very intentional about their health. They have altered their diet and have made significant changes in patterns of behavior.
Dr. Michael Greger on his website nutritionfacts.org shares, “We’ve known since the 1930s that type 2 diabetes can be prevented, arrested, and even reversed with a plant-based diet. Within five years of following the diet, about a quarter of the diabetic patients in that early study were able to get off insulin altogether.”
Dr. Greger further explains that meat may play a role in increasing the risk of diabetes, and that healthy plant foods potentially have a protective role. But plant-based diets not only appear to guard against getting diabetes in the first place, they may successfully treat the disease better than the diabetic diets patients are typically placed on, controlling weight and cholesterol.
Diets based on whole plant foods can result in significant weight loss without any limits on portion size or calorie counting. A 100 calories of broccoli, tomatoes, strawberries, is substantially more food compared to a 100 calories of chicken, cheese, or fish. People can’t seem to eat enough to compensate for the calorie deficit.
And, most importantly, it works better. A plant-based diet beat out the conventional American Diabetes Association diet in a head-to-head randomized controlled clinical trial, without restricting portions, no calorie or carb counting. A review of all such studies found that individuals following plant-based diets experience improved reductions in blood sugars, body weight, and cardiovascular risk, compared with those following diets that included animal products.
To read one person’s story, about beating diabetes, follow this link, https://nutritionstudies.org/i-lost-53-lbs-reversed-my-type-2-diabetes-with-a-plant-based-lifestyle/. It’s amazing how eating differently has changed her life. There are many other stories like hers.
We as individuals need to be advocates for our own health. I didn’t realize how much until I encountered my own health challenge and witnessed that of a very dear friend.
There is no right or wrong way to tackle your health. It is a personal choice. You decide what is best for you. My goal is simply to bring awareness to ways you may be able to take control of yours naturally and to encourage and inspire you to do so!