A WFPB diet can prevent and even reverse type 2 diabetes.
Now you may be thinking, “WOAH! WOAH! WOAH! Woah. Hold the phone! You must have made a typo. A whole food, plant-based diet couldn’t possibly do that!”
But yes, yes it can. Many studies have documented the benefits of a WFPB diet on prevention and treatment of type 2 (and type 1) diabetes. In fact, a WFPB is so powerful, for those who already have diabetes, big changes can occur in even 10 days.
Many studies over the past 70 years have tied increasing plant food consumption (and decreasing animal food consumption) with reduced risk of type 2 diabetes. In one study, the consumption of fat (in this case indicative of animal foods) and the consumption of carbohydrates (in this case indicative of plant-based foods) in several countries were compared to the rates of diabetes. The results were remarkable. As carbohydrate consumption went up and fat consumption went down, the rate of type 2 diabetes fell. The difference in risk between the lowest carbohydrate consuming country and the highest carbohydrate consuming country was over 700%. A cohort study (where researchers follow a population over a certain time period) found that “the majority of cases of type 2 diabetes could be prevented by the adoption of a healthier lifestyle.”
It has been well-documented that populations with different rates of diabetes eat different diets. And the trend has been that the more plant foods a population consumes, the less diabetes it has.
You still might not be convinced. You might be saying, “Well, this is only correlation. Correlation doesn’t equal causation!” And you’re right. But correlation does give us insight into what might be causation. And the amount of evidence associating diet and diabetes is overwhelming.
It is moments like this, when science pulls out the big guns. Case-controlled, intervention studies–or, cause and effect studies. Many researchers didn’t just test whether diet could prevent diabetes; they tried reversing it.
Dr. James Anderson of the University of Kentucky, a leading figure in the plant-based diet and diabetes scene, found that (along with exercise) WFPB diets could reduce and even remove a diabetic’s need for insulin in less than a month. Of the 25 type 2 diabetic patients, 24 were able to stop insulin medication after just three weeks. In another study, conducted at the Pritikin Center, 34 of the 40 type 2 diabetic patients that were switched to a WFPB diet were able to discontinue medication after only 26 days. Furthermore, over 90% of Dr. John McDougall’s patients (who have all sorts of conditions) in his 10-day live-in program are able to discontinue their medications for hypertension, type 2 diabetes, arthritis, indigestion, and constipation, and they lose an average of 4 pounds in just 7 days.
The effect, then, of WFPB diets is astonishing. However, a word of warning is in order. Curing diabetes with a WFPB diet should only be done under the supervision of a doctor or qualified health care professional. Patients heal so quickly that the insulin medication can cause very harmful effects on blood sugar levels. A doctor must supervise blood sugar diligently for a safe recovery. That is why I recommend that any type 2 diabetics out there should attend Dr. McDougall’s program, or another similar program if possible. Under the supervision of a knowledgable doctor, recovery from type 2 diabetes is safe and can be exhilarating. Only those who have been cured from a debilitating chronic disease can understand the joy, relief, and exaltation that comes from being cured at last.
Special thanks to Dr. T. Colin Campbell, who continues to awe and inspire me with his integrity and brilliance.