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Can a Vegan Diet Cure Diabetes?

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Can a Vegan Diet Cure Diabetes?

Rosa Gonzalez knew firsthand about the disasters of type-2 diabetes–a condition that results when your body stops responding normally to insulin, a hormone that pulls sugar from the bloodstream into cells, where it’s used for energy. Her uncle lost a leg to the disease; he’s one of the 61,000 people a year with diabetes who have a limb amputated because of nerve damage to legs and feet. Her aunt was on dialysis–a four-hour mechanical cleansing of the blood that took place three times a week–because type-2 diabetes had destroyed her kidneys. And every day her mother had to inject herself with the glucose-lowering hormone insulin to control advanced diabetes.

Then, at age 45, it seemed like it was Gonzalez’s turn for metabolic misery when she got the results from a routine blood test. Her A1C–a measure of long-term blood-sugar levels–was 14 percent (5 percent or lower is normal); her “bad,” artery-clogging LDL cholesterol was 153 (less than 100 is optimal); and at 5-foot-5 and 225 pounds, Rosa was officially obese. A follow-up test showed her fasting blood-sugar level was nearing 400 mg/dl (less than 100 is normal). The obvious diagnosis: type-2 diabetes. The prescribed solution: a three-drug cocktail of Glumetza (metformin), an oral drug to lower blood sugar; a statin to lower LDL cholesterol; and a diuretic to lower blood pressure.

However, Gonzalez refused these drugs–and her most recent blood test revealed a healthy A1C of 5 percent and an LDL of 78. She also dropped 80 pounds and went from a size 18 to a size 6. How did these seemingly miraculous changes happen without her taking these three medications faithfully? Gonzalez went on a low-fat, vegan diet–one that cured her diabetes and regenerated her health.

“About a year after starting the vegan diet, I had a routine appointment with my doctor, and he was floored,” says the Fredericksburg, Virginia, mom, now 47. “He told me that I no longer had diabetes. Of course, he wanted to know how I had reversed my diabetes–and I told him I owed my health to Dr. Barnard and his vegan diet, which gave me my life back.”

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3:39AM PDT on Jul 23, 2014

The art of balance

3:24PM PDT on Jun 24, 2014

of course Crystal C. 's solution seems like it would be easier......

3:22PM PDT on Jun 24, 2014

It certainly seems like it would help

2:22AM PDT on Apr 12, 2014

Thank you :)

3:07AM PDT on Mar 10, 2014

This is awesome, thanks for sharing (:

7:27AM PDT on Jul 2, 2013

I suggest reading 'The End of Diabetes' by Joel Fuhrman M.D to fully understand why veganism is best for type 2 diabetes. It has hundreds of sources for backing this theory and how many doctors are now teaching this approach to treating type 2 diabetes rather than the standard diet for diabetics. It explains the difference between plant and animal proteins and how this affects diabetes. It is not a free for all to eat tons of fruit and grains. The key is fully educating yourself on how to implement this lifestyle. Most people that follow a standard diet provided by a dietitian do not see much improvement in their insulin levels resulting in doctors increasing insulin medication which is quite damaging long term.

It's not a secret how animal protein is artery clogging and cholesterol raising so why not be open to changing some of your proteins to plant proteins?

There is no claim that it cures type 1 diabetes but it explains the benefits of eating this way for both types.

Read the book.....I was stuck on the same thinking as many of the posters here but my views have changed dramatically on the subject. It does work and is completely healthier than other diabetes diets including low carb.

8:51AM PDT on Mar 20, 2013

Intersting article!!! I wonder if this info can also be applied to Diebetic cats...Thank you.

2:54AM PDT on Mar 20, 2013

Thanks for the info

1:04AM PDT on Mar 20, 2013

Excellent info. thanks =)

6:33AM PDT on Mar 14, 2013

Thank you for sharing.

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