Dr. Neal Barnard, associate professor of medicine at George Washington School of Medicine, recommends a vegan diet to people with diabetes. According to him, a vegan diet can even reverse diabetes. (Dr. Neal Barnard’s Program for Reversing Diabetes published his book in 2007)
The diet recommendations of Dr. Neal Barnard are more in consonance with the current day thinking, which claims that the link between the gut, diet, and lifestyle diseases like diabetes is intimate. Effective restoration of gut microbiota Reversal and repair of gut microbiota to good health is possible through dietary changes.
There is a huge amount of scientific literature on the appropriate diet for patients with type 2 diabetes. Most of these recommendations help in keeping under control the blood sugar levels of type 2 diabetes patients.
According to the American Diabetes Association, nutrient-dense foods are the best for individuals who have diabetes. These foods are rich in fiber, vitamins, minerals but low in added sugars, sodium, and unhealthy fats.
These nutrients are available in non-starchy vegetables like broccoli, tomatoes, beans, lettuce, cucumbers, and the like. These should be consumed as far as a possible whole and minimally processed.
Apple, cantaloupe, strawberries, and blueberries, brown rice, whole wheat bread, whole grain pasta, and oatmeal are other food recommendations.
A diabetic diet can include starchy vegetables like corn, green peas, sweet potatoes, pumpkin, plantain, black beans, kidney beans, chickpeas, and green lentils.
Similar recommendations are made by the Diabetes body in the UK too. While both these bodies do not prohibit the consumption of fish, meat, chicken, and dairy, they do not also expressly support their use.
In my research on natural solutions for diabetes, I have found that a combination of diet, exercise, and herbs can provide relief to type 2 diabetes patients. While there is scientific human trial-based evidence supporting diet and exercise, unfortunately, the scientific support on the use of herbs is limited.
The answers to reversing diabetes type 2 patients are complex, and the solutions are not as black and white as people may want these to be. There is no doubt, in my mind, though, that reversal of lifestyle diseases like diabetes is possible through a combination therapy which also includes the use of modern medicine-based therapies. It is best to try these under the expert supervision of a diabetologist. Home remedies can cause more harm than good.
Natural Solutions for Diabetes