Expert suggests that type 2 diabetes can be reversed with a plant - based diet
The Centers for Disease control estimates that in the US, between 90 to 95 per cent of the 29 million people diagnosed with diabetes, have what is called type 2 diabetes, which is a chronic condition that affects the way the body processes blood sugar ( glucose). But, expert from nutritionfacts suggests that diabetes can be reversed with a plant -based diet. Below is how.
Dr. Greger explains that the reason why diabetes can be reversed with a plant based diet, is because the main culprit causing type 2 diabetes is fat, specifically the consumption of animal fat, which has been proven long ago to be positively associated with diabetes. The reason for that, is because fat in the bloodstream can build up inside the muscle cells, creating toxic fatty breakdown products and free radicals that block the insulin signaling process. No matter how much insulin we have in our blood, it’s not able to sufficiently open the glucose gates, and blood sugar levels build up in the blood.
Interestingly, studies to establish an association between meat consumption and disordered iron homeostasis found in the diabetic condition, discovered that processed red meat is associated with increased risk, with high intakes of red meat possibly also associated with a small increased risk.
if diabetes can be reversed with a plant -based diet, what animal products should be avoided?
Dr. Greger suggests that those with diabetes should avoid fish and eggs.
The reason for that is because recent studies suggest that high fish consumption may increase type 2 diabetes by increasing circulating concentration of glucose. Other studies found that daily egg consumption is associated with an increased risk of type 2 diabetes in men and women.
If diabetes can be reversed with a plant -based diet, what plant products should be consumed?
Dr. Greger suggests that those with diabetes should eat pulses and consider consuming flex seed.
The reason why diabetics should take their pulses, such as: beans, chickpea, split pea, and lentils is because such grains are rich in phytates (antioxidant compounds found in whole grains, legumes, nuts and seeds). Some of the beneficial activities of dietary phytate are: its effects on calcification and kidney stone formation and on lowering blood glucose and lipids.
Flaxseeds may improve insulin sensitivity in glucose intolerant people. After 12 weeks of flax, researchers found a small but significant drop in insulin resistance, perhaps related to the drop in oxidant stress due to the antioxidant qualities of flaxseeds.
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