An ever-increasing number of medical doctors now are teaching people how to reverse diabetes, (specifically reversing type 2 diabetes, and improving insulin sensitivity for type 1 diabetics), in an easy to follow, step-by-step, simple way.
Even better, the exact same simple method that can reverse type 2 diabetes (so that, under their own doctor’s supervision, type 2 diabetics often are able to reduce or discontinue diabetes medications and insulin, sometimes within just a few days or weeks, as they make these changes), also offers additional phenomenal health benefits.
In addition to reversing type 2 diabetes, the exact same simple, easy to follow method (described below) also can prevent and reverse heart disease, dramatically lower cholesterol, dramatically improve blood pressure, prevent and reverse auto-immune conditions, asthma, lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, and even helps to prevent cancer. For many people skin conditions clear up; migraine headaches go away. Fantastic lifelong health benefits result from making the exact same diet change that prevents and even reverses type 2 diabetes.
Medical Doctors Teaching How to Reverse Diabetes
The great news is that more and more board-certified medical doctors are learning how to reverse diabetes (type 2 diabetes, as well as also ameliorating overall health and improving insulin sensitivity for type 1 diabetics).
These doctors are teaching their patients the easy, simple method for reversing type 2 diabetes and losing weight without counting calories, without measuring, without feeling hungry, while increasing energy and dramatically improving overall health and healing illnesses, lowering cholesterol, lowering blood pressure, and preventing illnesses and disease.
Fortunately, many of these board-certified doctors now have also written worldwide best-selling books about how to reverse diabetes, including all of the step-by-step guidance you need to get started right away on your journey to reclaim your health and choose your own health destiny.
As discussed in these books, and as emphasized by all of these medical doctors, it is critically important that, as you make these changes in your life (and as you make any diet and lifestyle changes, especially if you are on medications) you do so under the close supervision of your own medical doctor so that your doctor can monitor your progress and reduce and discontinue diabetes medications and other medications and drugs when and to the extent necessary.
It would be very dangerous to continue taking diabetes drugs, insulin and other medications when and to the extent you no longer need them as you make these specific diet and lifestyle changes that are specifically detailed in the books listed below.
So, as always, consult with your doctor, let your doctor know that you will be making diet and lifestyle changes and will need your doctor’s close supervision as you make these changes.
To learn more about some of the many U.S. board-certified medical doctors who show their patients how to reverse diabetes using the same simple method, specifically how to reverse type 2 diabetes and improve insulin sensitivity for type 2 diabetics, read our article HERE for more details.
As discussed in our article linked above, these medical doctors all have impressive educations, impressive backgrounds, including Harvard-educated doctors, doctors who earned their medical degrees from some of the best, most prestigious medical schools in the United States, and they all are teaching their patients how to reverse type 2 diabetes using the same, easy to follow method, that also prevents and reverses heart disease and most of the chronic disease and auto-immune conditions from which so many people suffer unnecessarily.
Read on below to learn about the step by step, simple method to prevent and reverse type 2 diabetes from two of these U.S. board-certified medical doctors.
If you want to reverse type 2 diabetes, or help someone you care about learn how to reverse type 2 diabetes (by making these same changes with them, out of solidarity and support for the person you care about — which is a very powerful factor), then read (at a minimum) these two books, from cover to cover.
Read Dr. Neal Barnard’s Program for Reversing Diabetes: The Scientifically Proven System for Reversing Diabetes without Drugs,
and read Dr. Joel Fuhrman’s The End of Diabetes.
Read these two books AS SOON AS POSSIBLE and implement what you learn to begin on the journey to reclaim your health for life. If you or someone you care about is suffering from type 2 diabetes, time is of the essence to make the kinds of changes that Dr. Neal Barnard, Dr. Joel Fuhrman, and many other medical doctors teach about how to reverse diabetes, to give yourself the best possible foundation to reverse type 2 diabetes. The sooner you make these specific, powerful, easy to follow “diet and lifestyle” changes (under your medical doctor’s supervision) the better!
How to Reverse Type 2 Diabetes – Dr. Neal Barnard’s Simple, Powerful Program for Diabetes Reversal
Neal Barnard M.D., is a board-certified medical doctor (and Fellow of the American College of Cardiology – F.A.C.C.), whose medical practice is in Washington, DC. He is an adjunct associate professor of medicine at the George Washington University (GWU) School of Medicine and Health Sciences in Washington, D.C. and also earned his medical degree from the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences.
Through his work at George Washington University, his medical practice, his best-selling books, and the major health organization he founded, Dr. Barnard helps people dramatically improve their health, and he specifically specializes in helping people learn how to reverse diabetes (type 2).
Learn more about Dr. Neal Barnard’s medical practice, the ground-breaking scientific studies he has led regarding the role of nutrition in type 2 diabetes (funded by the National Institutes of Health – NIH), and his decades of experience below.
Dr. Barnard grew up on a cattle farm in Fargo, North Dakota, as did his father, and grandfathers before him, for generations. However his father got out of the cattle business and instead became a medical doctor whose expertise was in diabetes.
Dr. Barnard has said that growing up, he never heard his M.D. father talking about patients recovering from type 2 diabetes or getting better or stopping diabetes medications. From hearing his father’s descriptions, Dr. Barnard got the impression that the only thing a doctor specializing in diabetes was trained to do at the time was to prescribe more and more drugs, while diabetic patients got sicker and sicker.
Sound familiar? Have you ever heard a doctor prescribe diabetes drugs rather than addressing — and teaching people how to reverse — the cause of the disease?
Fast forward to present time: Neal Barnard followed in his father’s footsteps by himself becoming a board-certified medical doctor. However, unlike his father, Dr. Barnard has learned the simple process for how to reverse type 2 diabetes, and he helps his patients to reverse their type 2 diabetes, and reduce or get off all of the medications in many cases.
Dr. Barnard also has headed up ground-breaking medical studies (going back more than a decade) regarding how to reverse diabetes by addressing the cause of type 2 diabetes through nutrition (specifically reversing type 2 diabetics in many cases, as well as improving insulin sensitivity for type 1 diabetics).
All of these impressive and live-changing, life-saving diabetes reversal results come from one simple method, with easy to follow step-by-step guidance (as set forth in his book) that is the HOW TO for reversing type 2 diabetes with simple, specific diet and lifestyle changes.
In order to learn how to reverse diabetes, it is important to understand how type 2 diabetes happens in the first place.
Dr. Barnard describes the science behind the causes/triggers that create type 2 diabetes and insulin insensitivity, both in his books, and in his speaking engagements around the U.S. and around the world, as well as through the NIH-funded (National Institute of Health) scientific studies investigating the causal link between nutrition and diabetes that Dr. Barnard has led beginning more than 15 years ago.
To paraphrase in a nutshell (paraphrased here in layman’s terms), Dr. Barnard describes how type 2 diabetes occurs as a result of an excess of fats (eaten in foods) building up at a (microscopic) cellular level inside the muscle cells (intramyocellular lipids) and inside the liver cells (intrahepatic lipids).
When these tiny particles of fat (intramyocellular lipids and intrahepatic lipids) build up inside the muscle cells and inside the liver cells, the fat (lipids) block insulin’s ability to transport glucose into the cells. The cells need glucose (which is stored as glycogen) for energy and for basic essential functions including regulating body temperature.
Since the insulin is blocked by intramyocellular lipids from transporting glucose into the cells, blood sugar builds up in the blood, but is not reaching the body’s cells — including brain cells! — that need the glucose/glycogen to function optimally.
This leads to feelings of brain fog (since the brain is not getting the glucose/glycogen fuel it needs) and tiredness, weakness (muscle cells not getting the glucose/glycogen fuel they need for even basic baseline activity.)
And as any diabetic can attest, that tired/low-energy feeling only scratches the surface of the havoc wreaked upon the body by diabetes.
Since this is such an important topic in understanding how to reverse diabetes, read Dr. Barnard’s description below, in his own words, (quoted from a recent interview) about how type 2 diabetes happens as a result of the foods people choose to eat (or, for children with type 2 diabetes, the foods their parents/caregivers – unwittingly — choose for them).
Dr. Barnard recently described how type 2 diabetes happens and how to reverse diabetes in a recent interview videotaped for the Plant Fit Summit 2018:
[F]or some reason [some] people have really missed the science, that has been out there for 15 years or more, which is as follows: that when you eat fatty foods, the fat can enter the muscle cells and the liver cells, as tiny particles of fat called intramyocellular lipid in the muscle cell, or intrahepatocellular lipid in the liver cell. They stop insulin from being able to work. They gum up the cell if you want to put it that way, so the insulin can no longer bring sugar into the cell.
And the answer is to get the fat out of the diet. . . . A vegan diet has no animal fat at all, and if [you] keep the vegetable oils really low, we then believe that fat inside the cell [dissipates], and the insulin resistance will go away, and the diabetes has a chance of going away too, especially if you catch it early.
Now, [for] the people who say ‘Well, when I avoid sugar I do better,’ it’s true that if your cells are full of fat and they can’t take in sugar, then to the extent that you avoid sugar and you avoid carbohydrate, your blood sugar will not go up so much.
But you need to fix the cause of it, and the cause of it is this build-up of fat, especially animal fat, but vegetable oil can contribute too, and you want to get that out of your cells.” (Plant Fit Summit 2018 Dr. Neal Barnard interview, at 5:31, emphasis added.)
Dr Barnard continues:
[When you switch to a whole food plant-based low-fat diet], what we believe is happening is the fat that is inside the cell starts to dissipate, and then the insulin which your body is making anyway … will attach to the cell, and it will allow the blood sugar to come down. The sugar in the blood now can go into the cell more easily because [much of] that fat is gone. And that fat is the cause of the insulin resistance which is causing the disease. So when a person goes on a low fat vegan diet, what they discover is sometimes their blood sugar falls REALLY fast, even if they are eating a lot of carbohydrate.
Their blood sugar will fall, and that’s because their insulin resistance is going away, their insulin sensitivity is returning. And that can happen within the first week in some cases. They lose weight, their cholesterol falls, their blood pressure falls, their need for medication goes way, way down, their energy comes up.
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[E]verybody is different; if you catch this disease early, in some cases it just goes away. If a person has had diabetes for 30 years, it’s not necessarily going to go away, it may well not, because they’re not producing as much insulin as before, but nonetheless this is still the kind of diet they want to be on, because it protects their arteries that would be assaulted by the disease. You don’t want any cholesterol. You don’t want any animal fat in your diet, you want to protect yourself.” – Dr Barnard interview, 2018 Plant Fit Summit at 5:52 to 7:25.
Dr. Barnard also notes the dramatic weight loss benefits of switching to whole food plant-based nutrition (low- or no-added-oil): “[T]he proof of it is [clear when people] come into our clinic, and we put people on a low fat vegan diet, and they lose weight like crazy. They are not building more body fat [by eating whole food plant-based carbohydrate/fiber-rich, no-oil-added foods.]”
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Until fairly recently, people thought [type 2 diabetes] was irreversible. We now know that [type 2] diabetes isn’t so much a diagnosis that you get and you keep, so much as it is a state that you get in, and it can change. It can get worse, it can get better, and in certain cases, it can go away.
[With healthy whole food plant-based low-oil nutrition,][for] a LOT of people, particularly if you catch this early, they can tackle this disease and it can go away, and they can live a totally normal life.
I’m very excited about this.”
Dr. Barnard concludes:
I am happy to say that convention is changing, but when we got started in all of this, the conventional diet was cutting calories to help people lose weight, because most people with type 2 diabetes needed to lose weight … And the idea was well, just eat less. And that wasn’t so hot, because if you give a person a menu that just cuts out a lot of foods, by Wednesday they want to eat the sofa, because people don’t want to be hungry.
So instead [we teach people to reverse diabetes through a whole food plant-based diet] that fills you up with high fiber healthy foods that are satisfying so you don’t have the hunger.” Dr. Neal Barnard, 2018 Plant Fit Summit.
When asked what percentage of people succeed in reversing type 2 diabetes in percentage, Dr. Barnard clarified that,
it depends entirely on how long the person has had the disease, and how well they [commit to whole food plant-based low- or no-added-oils nutrition]. If you get a person who is just tipping into the disease, I think in virtually every case it can be reversed (when I say reversed, I mean go away with no medication).
But on the other hand, most people at the time they are diagnosed have had the condition for five years or more. And at that case their body has been hurt by it. The pancreas has beta cells that make insulin, and they have been beat up by this disease.
And the longer this goes on, the harder it is for them to recover. . . . So get to it early.”
It’s Never Too Late to Try! Learn How to Reverse Diabetes by Switching to Whole Food Plant-Based Nutrition – Try it for 30 Days (under your doctor’s supervision) and See What Happens!
Editor’s Note: Dr. Joel Fuhrman has said that in his decades of medical practice and experience in helping his patients to reverse their type 2 diabetes, around 90% are able to reverse their type 2 diabetes.
In Dr. Fuhrman’s experience helping his own patients learn how to reverse diabates, some patients reduce their medications but still must take some reduced level of diabetes medications and/or insulin, especially if these patients have already been taking diabetes medications and insulin for many decades.
However, Dr. Fuhrman also has said that, in his personal experience with his own type 2 diabetic patients’ results, even many of the patients who have been type 2 diabetic and on drugs/insulin for years, often are able to get off the drugs completely.
Try it for 30 days (under your doctor’s close supervision, as with any diet and lifestyle change) and see what happens.
Step-by-Step and One Step at a Time: Dr. Barnard’s Book Teaches How to Reverse Diabetes
Read Dr. Barnard’s book, Dr. Neal Barnard’s Program for Reversing Diabetes: The Scientifically Proven System for Reversing Diabetes without Drugs from cover to cover.
Consult with your doctor before making these nutritional changes since making these nutritional changes can quickly result in powerful excellent, changes for your health which usually will also require reduction or elimination of diabetes drugs/insulin to the extent and when no longer needed, as determined by your doctor under your doctor’s medical supervision.
In a nutshell, when asked in the Plant Fit Summit 2018 interview what steps people should take in the real world to lose weight and reverse diabetes while NOT counting calories, not measuring or weighing, and not feeling hungry, Dr. Barnard explained that:
If a person eliminates animal products, [first] take a week, figure out what you like to eat that’s free of animal product. [For example, oatmeal with blueberries or strawberries on top.] Figure out what these foods are, and as time goes on, even though you aren’t intentionally cutting calories, by choosing low fat, high fiber foods you are getting full sooner.
[By eating this way] you aren’t thinking about it, you aren’t trying to lose weight; it just happens and it can be very significant.
The average person loses between half a pound to a pound a week. With 52 weeks in a year, [the average weight loss by switching to whole food plant-based low- or no-added-oils nutrition] is between 26 and 52 pounds per year. A person can easily lose 20 Kg in course of a year, that’s not uncommon at all.” – Dr. Neal Barnard, 2018 Plant Fit Summit interview.
Dr. Barnard also points out that the benefits of exercise apply whether you walk or whether you run, so starting out on your weight loss and diabetes reversal journey, do what you can to get some level of exercise in. Exercising muscle pulls sugar out of the blood with very little insulin. Dr. Barnard notes that studies show that exercise affects the brain, improving memory. However Dr. Barnard reiterated that when people exercise, they need fuel. Exercise works with diet, but it doesn’t take place of a healthy whole food plant-based (low- or, ideally, no-added oils) diet.
Finally, Dr. Barnard pointed out that we are now seeing (both in the US and other parts of the world) a LOT of elite athletes switching to whole food plant-based nutrition, including marathon runners (for example, Rich Roll, Brendan Frasier), NBA basketball players, tennis players (Serena and Venus Williams), and star NFL quarterback football players (Aaron Rogers of the Green Bay Packers and Tom Brady of the New England Patriots), just to name a few examples out of many whole food plant-based elite and Olympic athletes.
Whole food plant-based nutrition is an anti-inflammatory diet, which results in better blood flow, and oxygenation of your muscles. Instead of being sore for 3 days, whole food plant-based elite athletes are back building and exercising again.
Watch for our article on the subject of elite professional athletes and Olympic athletes who have switched to whole food plant-based nutrition for strength, endurance, superior performance, faster recovery and overall health, coming soon to reversediabetes2.com.
Dr. Barnard’s advice for anyone who is skeptical and finds it difficult to believe how food can have such a huge impact on our health and performance, as well as the power of healthy whole food plant-based nutrition for reversing type 2 diabetes.
Dr. Barnard points out in his recent 2018 Plant Fit Summit interview that skepticism is good, but he encourages them to get some good information, including Dr. Barnard’s books, Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn Jr’s books, Dr. Dean Ornish’s books, Dr. Michael Greger’s book, and Dr. John McDougall’s books (just to name a few!)
All of these medical doctors address prevention and reversal of type 2 diabetes and prevention and reversal of heart disease, chronic disease, auto-immune conditions and many others USING THE SAME, simple method, so reading one or more of the books mentioned above will give you the tools you need to learn how to reverse diabetes type 2 and change the course of your own health destiny.
The more you learn the better.
If you are skeptical, learn more.
Learn about the science behind the cause of type 2 diabetes (by reading these books) so that you can understand how to reverse diabetes in the way that is recommended by all of these board-certified medical doctors with impeccable academic and medical practice credientials.
Read as many of the books mentioned above as you can; start with Dr. Neal Barnard’s Program for Reversing Diabetes: The Scientifically Proven System for Reversing Diabetes without Drugs.
Read some of the many first-hand testimonials (accompanied by video and documentary footage) available here at reversediabetes2.com.
For example, read (and watch first-hand in video and documentaries) the diabetes reversal success stories of Joey Aucoin (Forks Over Knives documentary), Dr. Steve Lawenda (medical doctor who reversed his own pre-diabetes and quickly transformed from being obese to being strong, healthy and fit), Amy Johnson of Frisco, Texas (originally from upstate New York — reversed her type 2 diabetes more than 6 years ago, quickly lost weight and no longer is obese), Jim Balla of Detroit, MI, Kirt Tyson, N.D.A., Joseph Alexander, Nick Delgado (expert in diabetes reversal, longevity, as well as 60+ year old bodybuilder, world record holder for weight/endurance), Patty of Mebane, NC (PlantPure Nation documentary), Jason Mraz’s bandmate (reversed type 2 diabetes in under 30 days while on tour with Jason Mraz’s band), and many more diabetes reversal success stories all in one place here at reversediabetes2.com.
These diabetes reversal testimonials in videos and documentaries that you can watch for yourself are a great source of inspiration as well as instructional to help you understand how to reverse diabetes type 2.
A recurring statement by so many of the people who have reversed their type 2 diabetes by switching to whole food plant-based nutrition is how EASY it is! How easy it was to reverse the type 2 diabetes; how easy it was to lose all of the weight. Never feeling hungry, not having to weigh food, not having to count calories. Having the excess weight fall off practically effortless after making this change, as well as, in many cases, quickly reducing and then eliminating diabetes drugs under their medical doctors’ close supervision as they made these powerful, but simple and easy, nutritional changes.
Final Note on How to Reverse Diabetes While Maintaining a Healthy Skepticism
Dr. Barnard encourages you not to throw out your skepticism; he has said that skepticism is healthy. But he encourages type 2 diabetics to try it. (1) Try a vegan (whole food plant-based, no-oil added) diet for a while. Take a week, try out vegan foods, see which ones you like. (2) Then, after you have figured out which whole food plant-based (aka vegan) foods you like the best, take 3 weeks and do all vegan all the time and see what happens.
Dr. Barnard says that, in his decades of experience with patients in his medical practice (as well as in NIH-funded medical studies that he led), for most people, the results include weight loss, dramatically improved blood sugar numbers, lowered blood pressure, improved cholesterol numbers, digestion better, migraines headaches go away, and more (often allowing people to reduce or eliminate medications under their doctor’s close supervision, when and to the extent medications are not longer needed thanks to the powerful health benefits of switching to whole food plant-based nutrition).
Dr. Barnard’s success formula for how to reverse diabetes type 2 begins with this: Switch to whole food plant-based (no added oils) in the short term as an experiment for 3 weeks, and then . . . don’t stop.
Editor’s note: We hear over and over again in diabetes reversal success stories that when people make this change, they find that they feel so much better they don’t want to stop!
Finally, Dr. Barnard emphasizes that once you switch to whole food plant-based nutrition (aka vegan), “that’s not the end of your diet exploration, that’s just the beginning . . . You’ve gotten the animal products out, now you can explore to find what is BEST for you. Explore culinary traditions such as Mediteranean foods [but no-added oil], Latin American foods, Asian foods… explore and veganize them all. It’s a door you will be so happy you walked through because it will change your life.” – Dr Neal Barnard, Plant Fit Summit 2018
More About Dr. Neal Barnard & His Program for How to Reverse Diabetes
Neal Barnard, M.D., F.A.C.C., is an adjunct associate professor of medicine at the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences in Washington, D.C. He also is the founder of Barnard Medical Center, and President of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine.
Dr. Barnard is a fellow of the American College of Cardiology, the recipient of numerous awards, including the 2016 American College of Lifestyle Medicine’s Trailblazer Award.
Dr. Barnard has led research studies on the effects of diet on diabetes, body weight, and chronic pain, including a ground-breaking study of dietary interventions in type 2 diabetes that was funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
Dr. Barnard is the author of 18 books and more than 70 scientific publications. His books include the New York Times best-sellers Power Foods for the Brain, 21-Day Weight Loss Kickstart, and the USA Today best-seller Dr. Barnard’s Program for Reversing Diabetes.
As president of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, Dr. Barnard leads programs advocating for preventive medicine, good nutrition, and higher ethical standards in research. He hosts four PBS television programs on nutrition and health and is frequently called on by news programs to discuss issues related to nutrition and research.
Originally from Fargo, N.D., Dr. Barnard received his medical degree at the George Washington University School of Medicine and also completed his residency at George Washington University Hospital. He practiced medicine at St. Vincent’s Hospital in New York before returning to Washington, DC to found the Physicians Committee and the Barnard Medical Center, where Dr. Barnard and his other board certified medical doctor colleagues help their patients learn how to reverse diabetes (for type 2 patients, and improve insulin sensitivity for type 1 diabetics).
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