Diabetes. A world of possibilities coverThis is chapter 13 (part II) of my book “DIABETES. A world of possibilities”, which I’m publishing here for free. You can access all chapters of the book published until now here.

There are a variety of diets and treatments, from hundreds or thousands of years ago to the present day, to treat diabetes. Some have been more studied than others, and others have been passed from generation to generation by word of mouth and collective experience.

Now I will mention the different ways of understanding and treating diabetes which I have been studying and applying during these 15 years of research. I will summarize very briefly what each one is about, since explaining each of them in depth would make this book twice as long.

Let me start with the diets for diabetes mentioned in the comparative table from last week:

Dr. Stefan Ripich and Jim Healthy holistic diet

(book “The 30 Day Diabetes Cure“)

30 day diabetes cure bookThis treatment has a holistic approach, which combines eating the right foods and eliminating the bad ones with exercise, healthy emotions, vitamins, relaxation, proper sleep,…

Of all the books I’ve read, this is the clearest and most easy to read (with virtually no technicalities that only doctors understand), with a detailed plan that tells you what you have to do every day for a month.
Dr. Ripich is very open in this regard and states that it will take commitment, determination, and persistence.

The same publisher also offers another book exclusively devoted to recipes.

Book claims:I have never had a type 2 diabetes patient who hasn’t gotten completely off their medications and returned to a normal, healthy, drug-free life.

Lifestyle Center of America’s Vegetarian Diet

(book “The 30-Day Diabetes Miracle“)

The 30 day diabetes miracle bookThe Lifestyle Center of America is a center dedicated to treating overweight people and the resulting problems, such as type 2 diabetes. This book summarizes all they have learned over the years of treating patients with their vegetarian diet.
In the book, there’s also some emphasis on the importance of avoiding stress, sleeping well, and having an attitude of joy in life.
It has an extensive and useful chapter on sport, with pictures of different types of exercises that can be done.
The same company also offers another book exclusively devoted to recipes.

Book claims: “Following the detailed plan in The 30-Day Diabetes Miracle will give you many options to drastically reduce or stop needing many of your medicines.”

Dr. Robert Young’s Alkaline Diet

(book “The pH Miracle for Diabetes“)

The pH miracle for diabetes bookIf you are attracted to the theory of body pH and alkalinity/acidity as a measure of the health of a person, I recommend you read the book by Dr. Robert Young.
According to Dr. Young, the cause of most symptoms and illnesses of our society is excess acidity in the body. As a microbiologist and nutritionist, Dr. Young devised a specific dietary plan for people with type 1 and type 2 diabetes.
It is a vegetarian diet (with a few exceptions) accompanied by reinforcements or highly concentrated supplements of vitamins and minerals, salts, powders, etc…

The book shows what foods to take and what not to take to follow this diet, and includes many recipes.
It also emphasizes proper exercise and stress management.

You can read the amazing results of a family applying some of this theory here.

Book claims: “The plan illustrated in The pH Miracle for Diabetes can reduce and sometimes eliminate the need for insulin or oral medications.”

Dr. Gabriel Cousens’ Vegan Diet

(book “There is a Cure for Diabetes“)

There's a cure for diabetes bookThere are a number of theories and advocates of the vegan diet (all vegetarian and raw) to treat and cure diabetes, especially type 2. Dr. Gabriel Cousens is one of the best known authors and proponents of this theory. He applies this treatment to his patients in their retreat center in Arizona.

This book teaches the health protocol for those who cannot go to the center for three weeks. It has a holistic approach, as well. The book proposes a 3-week plan to avoid negative genetic expression of diabetes through vegetable juices at first followed by a 100% organic, nutritional, vegan diet, with low glycemic index and high mineral levels during the first 21 days. 100 vegan recipes are included in the book.

Book claims: “The program makes insulin and related medicines unnecessary within four days as the blood sugar drops to normal levels, and diabetics switch to a non-diabetic physiology within two weeks.”

Paleo diet

(book “The Paleolithic Solution” by Robb Wolf)

The paleo solution bookThe Paleolithic diet is based on the history of the original human diet, emphasizing anthropological knowledge about our past as hunter-gatherers.

The Paleo Diet is about eating healthy foods, contemporary to the food groups from our hunter-gatherer ancestors who thrived during the Paleolithic time (from about 2.6 million years ago to the beginning of the agricultural revolution, 10,000 years ago).

These foods include fresh meat—preferably grass-fed beef or pork, lamb, poultry and game— grown with space where they can move and feed naturally, if possible. Also included are fish, seafood, fresh fruits, vegetables, seeds, nuts, and healthy oils (olive, coconut, avocado, macadamia, walnut, and flaxseed). Dairy products, grains, legumes, refined sugars, and processed foods were not part of our ancestral menu.

Decades of research by Dr. Loren Cordain and his scientific colleagues shows that hunter-gatherers were usually free of symptoms and chronic diseases that are epidemic in Western populations today.

While researching this diet, I was amazed to find comments from young people with type 1 diabetes saying that, by following this diet—along with the other holistic aspects recommended, such as getting enough sleep, exercising, avoiding stress, etc.—they improved their health greatly, lowered their glycosylated hemoglobin (A1c) values to non-diabetic levels, reduced much of their insulin needs (a few, who had little time with T1 diabetes, no longer needed insulin), and had more energy than they had ever had.

Advocates of this diet defend that, although counterintuitive, eating more (healthy) fats and protein and very few carbs can help overweight people or people with type 2 diabetes to lose that extra weight. According to proponents of the paleo diet, it’s carbohydrates (grains, cereals, etc.) that put weight on and produce inflammation in internal organs.

Book claims: “Transform your life in 30 days. Lose weight, get fit and eliminate diseases.”

Dr. R. Bernstein’s very low carbs diet

(book “Dr. Bernstein’s Diabetes Solution“)

Dr. Bernstein's diabetes solution bookThis diet, and Dr. Richard Bernstein’s book, is not intended to cure, reverse or eliminate diabetes, but to keep it under control, with the lowest possible oral medications or insulin levels, in order to maintain blood glucose levels similar to those of someone without diabetes and to avoid complications.

To achieve this, the diet is very low in carbohydrates and higher in protein and healthy fats.
Dr. Bernstein himself has type 1 diabetes since childhood, and now, at 78, he is still fit and with normal, healthy levels, even without eating a fruit in 40 years, and substituting carbohydrates for proteins and fats. As a doctor and engineer, he has tried and tested with himself and his patients to find a way to have diabetes controlled the best way possible.

The book contains a lot of information about the different types of insulin and oral medications, which ones are better, which worse, how to determine the required amount of medication/insulin to use, what to consider when exercising, how to prevent and recover quickly from lows/highs, how to keep the few beta cells that can still stay alive in our body active, etc.

Book claim: “A complete guide to achieving normal blood sugars.”

Finally, since Ayurvedic treatment, Traditional Chinese Medicine and similar options (although very valid and helpful) are very complex systems that take into account the different types of temperaments, people, earth elements, and the interactions between them, it would be extremely long and complicated to explain them in this book.

So, if you’re interested in learning more about these approaches, I suggest you do a search or buy a book.

As you see, there’s more than one way to skin a cat. And some of those ways are even opposed to each other, as the vegan diet and the Paleolithic diet. However, all of them are having success treating patients with diabetes. Could it be that everyone is different and what works for someone may not work for someone else?

The diets and treatments discussed in this chapter are possibilities to consider and everyone can see which one can fit better for them and give it a try.

As always, do not throw yourself to follow one of these diets based only on what you’ve learned here about them, and do not make drastic changes without consulting a specialist.
If any of these theories resonate with you, do more research and follow the steps carefully.

In my opinion, there are two ways of coping with an illness: Try a diet or treatment with a test/error approach or seek a holistic specialist who looks at your current biological/emotional/psychological situation, checks what is missing in your body or what needs to be removed and gives you personalized recommendations and guidelines for your case (one very good option for this is The MAP).
It depends on you, where you live, and your resources to choose one or the other.

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