Diabetes mellitus (DM), commonly known as diabetes, is a group of metabolic disorders characterized by a high blood sugar level over a prolonged period of time.
Diabetes is characterized by chronically high blood sugar levels. This is either the case when the pancreas does not produce enough insulin or when the body becomes resistant to the effects of insulin.
The disease caused by insulin deficiency is called type 1 diabetes, the disease caused by insulin resistance is called type 2 diabetes.
Serious long-term complications include cardiovascular disease, stroke, chronic kidney disease, foot ulcers, damage of the nerves, damage to the eyes and cognitive impairment.
As of 2019, an estimated 463 million people had diabetes worldwide (8.8% of the adult population), with type 2 diabetes making up about 90% of the cases. Rates are similar in women and men. Trends suggest that rates will continue to rise. Diabetes at least doubles a person’s risk of early death. In 2019, diabetes resulted in approximately 4.2 million deaths. It is the 7th leading cause of death globally. The global economic cost of diabetes related health expenditure in 2017 was estimated at US$727 billion. In the United States, diabetes cost nearly US$327 billion in 2017. Average medical expenditures among people with diabetes are about 2.3 times higher.
Pre-diabetes in children
Pre-diabetes is characterized by an elevated blood sugar level that is not yet high enough to cross the diabetes threshold. It usually occurs in overweight and obese children. We know that people with pre-diabetes can also be affected by organ damage. Children with an age of only 8 years can already develop type 2 diabetes.
How the FAT in a body causes diabetes
The body of an obese person constantly releases fat from the cells into the bloodstream. Regardless of whether you have eaten saturated fats or are already overweight and eat a plant-based diet, there will be fat in your blood. This fat in the blood reduces your ability to transport sugar from the blood to the cells and the body develops diabetes.
Why your doctor doesn’t know how to reverse diabetes
Simple: Prescribing plants does not make as much money as prescribing medication. The doctors are not teached about the power of plants out of this reason. No medication can reverse diabetes and the medication we have has many side effects which eating a plant based diet doesn’t.
How can you prevent and reverse diabetes
We’ve known since the 1930s that type 2 diabetes can be prevented, arrested, and even reversed with a plant-based diet. Within five years of following the diet, about a quarter of the diabetic patients in that early study were able to get off insulin altogether.
Plant-based diets are relatively low in calories, though. Is it possible their diabetes just got better because they lost so much weight? To tease that out, we need a study where people are switched to a healthy diet but forced to eat so much food they don’t lose any weight. Then we could see if plant-based diets have specific benefits beyond all the easy weight loss.
Subjects were weighed every day. If they started losing weight, they were made to eat more food—so much more food in fact that some of the participants had problems eating it all. They eventually adapted, though, so there was no significant weight change despite restricting meat, eggs, dairy, and junk.
Without any weight loss, did a plant-based diet still help? Overall insulin requirements were cut about 60 percent, and half the diabetics were able to get off their insulin altogether. How many years did that take? Not years. An average of 16 days. Only 16 days.
Let’s be clear: We’re talking about diabetics who had had diabetes as long as 20 years and injected 20 units of insulin a day. Then, as few as 13 days later, they were off their insulin altogether, thanks to less than two weeks on a plant-based diet—even with zero weight loss. It’s astonishing. Twenty years with diabetes, and then off all insulin in less than two weeks. Twenty years with diabetes because no one had told them about a plant-based diet. For decades they were just 13 days away at any time from being free.
As a bonus, their cholesterol dropped like a rock to under 150. Just as “moderate changes in diet usually result in only moderate reductions in LDL cholesterol levels,” how moderate do you want your diabetes?
Do you have a family history of diabetes? Does one of your loved ones suffers from diabetes? Do you have diabetes yourself?
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