A recent study¹ published in the Cardiovascular Diagnosis and Therapy Journal concluded that one simple prescription could help reverse diabetes, improve blood sugar, lower body weight and control cholesterol. According to Dr. Neal Barnard, one of the researchers, this study showed “that a plant-based diet significantly improves diabetes management. It could allow the 115 million Americans with diabetes or prediabetes to dramatically reduce their medications or get off them entirely. And all this is possible, the analysis found, not with a new magic pill, but with tried-and-true, simple changes to diet”².
According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC)³:
- 30.3 million people have diabetes (9.4% of the U.S. population)
- 23.1 million people were diagnosed with diabetes
- 7.2 million were undiagnosed (Nearly 1 in 4 adults living with diabetes, didn't know they had the condition)
- 84.1 million people have prediabetes (Only 11.6 percent of adults with prediabetes knew they had it)
The food question is an important one to be considered when treating this disease and keeping glucose levels under control. It is said that the body thrives best when the system is alkaline. Herbs, vegetables and fruits can supply the needed alkaline elements for the body. All foods that can be enjoyed in their natural state are best adapted for normal nutrition. "Here are some foods that are very good in diabetes: Greens of all kinds, Chinese cabbage, red cabbage, cauliflower, watercress, cucumbers, okra, brussel sprouts, asparagus, lettuce, string beans, carrots, carrot juice, celery, spinach, eggplant, radishes, endive, parsnips, sprouted lima beans, baked irish potatoes, coconut milk, almonds, walnuts, pecans, Brazilian nuts, avocados, strawberries, oranges, apricots, blueberries, peaches, pears, pineapples, apples, lemons, red raspberries, grapefruit, cherries and limes.
Fruits should never be sweetened with sugar. Cane sugar, raw or natural brown sugar, and all sugar syrups are harmful. The natural sugar contained in grapes and other fruits is beneficial. Never eat fruits and vegetables at the same meal. Eat as many raw fruits and vegetables as possible. Those requiring cooking should not be cooked more than just enough to make them palatable. It is best to steam or bake vegetables, but when boiled, boil them in as little water as possible so there will not be any to throw away.
While eating a special diet remains the mainstay of the proper treatment of diabetes, individuals with more severe diabetes may require additional help... to control the amount of glucose in the blood and urine."⁴
For those looking for a natural way to reverse diabetes and improve health, a plant-based diet is a proven alternative without all the adverse side effects.
⁴Kloss, Jethro. "Back to Eden, Section III: Treating Diseases with Herbs", page 321-323.