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Type 2 Diabetes is reversible with superior nutrition

Posted: Tuesday, Nov 27th, 2012

Dr. Joel Fuhrman
Over 25 million people in the United States (about 11 percent of the adults) have type 2 diabetes, and diabetes accounted for 6.8 percent of global deaths in adults (age 20-79) in 2010.

Excess weight interferes with insulin’s functions, and is the primary risk factor for developing type 2 diabetes. Therefore the most effective treatment for type 2 diabetes is significant weight loss. However, the primary mode of treatment by physicians today is glucose-lowering medication. These medications give a false sense of security, providing implicit permission to continue the same disease-causing diet and lifestyle that allowed diabetes to develop in the first place. Many of these medications promote weight gain – making the patient more diabetic; most importantly, these medications do not prevent diabetes from progressing and causing complications.

Type 2 diabetes is associated with serious health consequences. Diabetes is the 7th leading cause of death in the United States, and 84 percent of those deaths are due to heart attack and stroke. Diabetes doubles the risk of these cardiovascular events. In addition, diabetes is the leading cause of kidney failure and blindness in adults, and a frequent cause of nerve damage. Diabetes even increases the risk of cancer, especially colorectal cancers.

The good news is that diabetes can be reversed and its tragic complications can be avoided. The key to diabetes reversal is superior nutrition and exercise. It may take a little extra effort, but avoiding the devastating complications of diabetes and a premature death is well worth it. My diabetes-reversal diet is vegetable-based with a high nutrient to calorie ratio, containing lots of greens and beans, other non-starchy vegetables, (such as mushrooms, eggplant, tomatoes and onions), raw nuts and seeds, and limited fresh fruit with no sweeteners or white flour products.

When diabetics eat in this style, they lose their excess weight – the cause of their diabetes – quickly and easily, reducing or eliminating their need for medications. They simultaneously flood the body with disease-protective and healing micronutrients and phytochemicals that aid the body’s recovery and self-repair mechanisms.

Hundreds of diabetic individuals who have followed my dietary recommendations are no longer diabetic! Here are just a few examples: Charlotte, who lost half her body weight (133 pounds) and Calogero, who lost 100 pounds in just seven months both reversed their diabetes.

Richard had been on insulin for 25 years, and was able to stop taking it after just a few weeks of following a high-nutrient diet.

Most of these individuals, who have completely reversed their diabetes, have never seen me as a patient. They merely read my book,"Eat to Live" and then received further encouragement and information as members of DrFuhrman.com.

The most lifespan enhancing diet-style is the most effective treatment of diabetes. Diabetics have the right to know this so they can make fully informed decisions that control their health destiny. Learn more about reversing diabetes in my new book "The End of Diabetes, "available December 20th.

Dr. Fuhrman is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of "Eat to Live," and a board certified family physician specializing in lifestyle and nutritional medicine. His newest book "Super Immunity" discusses how to naturally strengthen the immune system against everything from the common cold to cancer. Visit his informative website at DrFuhrman.com. Submit your questions and comments about this column directly to newsquestions@drfuhrman.com.

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