My absolute favorite quote -and the impetus for creating Plant Food ROCKS – is from Hippocrates, the founder of western medicine. He said, “Let thy food be thy medicine and thy medicine be thy food.” Well, that statement is affirmed all the more with the release of a new study that proves diabetes can be reversed through diet. In particular, a diet that limits or eliminates red meat.
Like most of you, I have been affected by this disease. I have members in my family and close friends who are diagnosed with diabetes. I also know quite a few people who are pre-diabetic. I must admit, this is a disease that really challenged me to research ways I can help. Aside from the prevention of cancer, this is the single most important issue to me in my business as a Health Coach. The devastation that diabetes has inflicted upon my family inspired me to pursue this profession. I believe wholeheartedly that it can be changed through diet, and it’s exciting to have solid evidence to validate my beliefs.
The following reasons indicate why every person should be committed to curing diabetes and incorporating more plants into their diets.
1. 25.8 million children and adults in the U.S. have diabetes, of which 7 million people are un-diagnosed; 79 million people are pre-diabetic.
2. In 2012 diabetes cost the U.S. a total of $245 billion. Of that amount, $176 billion was in direct medical costs, $69 billion in reduced productivity.
3. Dietary changes can enable diabetics to get off their medications. A recent article published by the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) in June 2013 revealed findings of a 20 year study. It found that elevated red-meat consumption contributed to an increase in diabetes. There were 123,000 people involved in the study. Participants who ate at least a half serving more red meat over a four year period were 48% more likely to develop Type 2 diabetes in the following four years. Conversely, those who lowered their meat consumption by more than a half serving per day, decreased their diabetes risk. This study conducted by Harvard Professor Walter Willett (considered to be the world’s most influential nutritionist) and his colleagues at Harvard School of Public Health, is the first to show that eating more meat raises a person’s risk and vice versa.
4. Diabetes can be REVERSED through diet changes. A dramatic diet change (protein shake, low glycemic load, plant-based low-calorie diet, but no exercise) in diabetics reversed most features of diabetes within one week and all features by eight weeks.
There is one final point of clarification I’d like to emphasize. No single food causes disease. Disease is a consequence of a combination of unhealthy behaviors and lifestyle habits and sometimes by genetics.
So, I hope this information reminds you that a diagnosis of pre-diabetes or diabetes doesn’t have to be a life sentence of endless medications and injections of insulin. Instead, there is hope and there are practical solutions – solutions that begin at the end of your fork.
If you’re interested in learning real strategies for how you can reverse diabetes through your diet, I am offering a teleseminar on Sept. 7th. You can get more information about the training and also register here.
Question: Have you or someone you know been diagnosed with diabetes? How have you responded to the diagnosis? Will you do anything differently in response to the the information you’ve just read? Please leave your comment here.