Most ignored diabetes treatment
The great failure of modern media is that instead of overcoming widespread ignorance – they contribute to its growth. For example, it is not easy to find on the internet the fact that there is twice as effective method of treating type II diabetes than the standard one (pharmacotherapy plus the classic diabetic diet).
This method is a treatment based on a PLANT-BASED diet supplemented with PHYSICAL ACTIVITY.
Every patient has the right to know about it, because the choice of treatment method belongs to him! Each physician is therefore obliged to inform the patient about the existence of PLANT-BASED therapy (i.e. a diet based on unprocessed vegetable products).
An old medical proverb says that it is easier to prevent something than to cure it. Unfortunately, many doctors not only underestimate the role of nutrition in the prevention of diabetes, but – above all – the fact that a diet that has the power to prevent a given disease – most often it reverses or at least blocks its development. This is the case with type II diabetes.
In one of the experiments for type II diabetes, after a few weeks of using the PLANT-BASED diet – as many as 95% of patients discontinued insulin.
What is diabetes?
Type II diabetes occurs when inappropriate eating habits – lasting over the years – lead to the “insulin resistance” of our cells (i.e. the lack of their sensitivity to insulin).
The task of insulin – a hormone produced by the pancreas – is to “open” cells for glucose (allowing glucose to enter cells). Not able to penetrate into cells, glucose stays in the blood. Its level increases, stimulating the pancreas to secrete larger amounts of insulin, so that it finally breaks the resistance of cells.
The essence of this vicious circle is that cells bombarded with increasing concentrations of insulin become more and more resistant to it. In the end, the pancreas becomes helpless. Then we begin to help the pancreas by giving insulin from the outside.
The incidence of diabetes increases in parallel with the increase in body weight in the population. The modern pandemic of overweight and obesity does not promise anything good. It is estimated that every third person with diabetes – does not know that she/he is suffering from diabetes. What’s more, currently almost half (45%) of new cases of diabetes in children are type II. (!) *
*) Another name for Type II diabetes was “adult type diabetes”, because in the past this disease occurred mainly after the age of 40.
Dangers associated with diabetes
- over 70% of diabetics have too high blood pressure
- diabetes is the cause of 60% of the amputations of the lower limbs
- it has a 2- to 4-fold higher risk of death due to heart disease and stroke
- is the main cause of vision loss
- 60-70% of diabetics suffer from diseases of the nervous system (damage to the central nervous system of various degrees)
- is the main cause of chronic renal failure (dialysis, kidney transplants)
- is the cause of gum and periodontium diseases, leading to tooth loss
- is the cause of complications of pregnancy
- and other
Type II diabetes
is a diet-related disease
To understand the strength of the links between type 2 diabetes and diet, it should be recognized that in some parts of the world this disease occurs frequently, and rare in some. This dependence is not related to migration – it does not result from the genetic features of the population.
For example, the Japanese suffer from diabetes 4 times less often than Americans of Japanese origin; emigration is connected with taking over eating habits, in this case – with an increase in the amount of animal products in the diet].
Comparisons of diets in different regions testify to something that is not widely known, namely:
- A large number of deaths due to diabetes are characterized by areas where the diet is rich in fat and low in carbohydrates. And vice versa:
- Diets low in fat and rich in carbohydrates – are associated with low deaths due to diabetes.
The amount of fats in the diet is simply a reflection of the participation in the diet of animal products *, and the amount of carbohydrates – products of vegetable origin.
At first it’s hard to believe it, but – YES, it’s THAT EASY (!).
*) Correlation of occurrence of animal fat and animal protein is 90%; this couple is sometimes called “a perfect marriage” by some.
Western (animal) diet, which is rich in calories (contains a lot of animal protein, animal fats and fats in general) – promotes the development of diabetes.
In the eastern (plant) diet, where proportionally the largest amount of energy comes from rice – diabetes is rare.
It was also observed that vegetarians:
- twice less often suffer from obesity
- twice less often suffer from diabetes
In the years 1940-1950 in various European countries there was a decrease in the incidence of diabetes (and other excess diseases, in particular cardiovascular diseases). This was due to changes in the proportion of the composition of the diet, in particular – an increase in the percentage of plant food and fiber. (These diet changes were forced and resulted from war activities – cattle annexation).
There are very many indications that the same environmental factors that cause obesity also cause diabetes. After testing (in 11 countries) the association of diabetes with various symptoms, it was found that the strongest link that existed was the one between diabetes and excessive body weight (!) and high blood cholesterol.
The biggest threat to the health (and life) of diabetics are secondary diseases (eg heart disease, stroke) – a result of high cholesterol. Caring for cholesterol is always an important element in the fight against diabetes. Therefore, this is another reason for the PLANT-BASED diet to be considered as an answer to the question “how to overcome diabetes”.
The PLANT-BASED diet alone reduces the level of cholesterol by 30% in 2 weeks, while the decrease is stable and lasts for years.
The PLANT-BASED diet also improves blood results for patients with type 1 diabetes.
PLANT-BASED is much more effective in combination with PHYSICAL ACTIVITY, leading to weight reduction. In fact, we are talking about a total change in lifestyle.
A diet based on unprocessed vegetable products (ie avoiding animal products and purified carbohydrates) is a very important alternative to standard therapy as it leads to better results. The decision to use it – lies only on the side of the patient, and the only justification for a doctor who does not inform his patients about this alternative – could be only a lack of knowledge about the existence of this diet.
The conclusions are:
Diet rich in fats and animal protein – contributes to the development of diabetes.
PLANT-BASED diet (rich in fiber, based on unprocessed vegetable products) – not only protects against diabetes, but also – used after the diagnosis of the disease – stops its development and improves the patient’s health.
This and several other entries in our blog regarding the relationship between health and diet – are based on data disclosed in “The China Study” [T. Colin Campbell, Thomas M. Campbell, 2004].
The book discusses the results of epidemiological studies on the widest scale in the world on the relationship between diet and the morbidity of various disease entities.
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