This is chapter 13 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.
This chapter has been the one where I struggled most with deciding how to approach it and what to write. Surely, because I know that it’s the topic where you might be most interested.
This can be a long one, so if you want to reach the comparative table with the different diets for diabetes, go ahead to the bottom of this post.
Since I am not a nutritionist, biologist, nor chemist, and I have not yet had the experience of having cured my type 1 diabetes with some particular type of diet, I cannot (and, I think, I should not) recommend a specific diet as the better one.
I thought of working together with an expert in nutrition for diabetes to write this chapter, but after thinking long about it, I decided that it would not be the most appropriate thing.
Before you feel disappointed, let me explain. If there’s anything I have learned in almost 15 years with diabetes and having read and tried different diets, it is that each body is different and each may have a different diabetes cause. If this is true, it makes sense that what works for one may not provide the same results to a different person and vice versa.
Think and believe that whatever you’re doing to treat your illness is helping you to overcome it.
During these 15 years, I have tried diets ranging from the “official” diabetes food pyramid recommended by allopathic physicians and diabetes organizations and associations, to the vegan diet (whole and raw), which I followed for 8 months, Chinese medicine, Ayurvedic diet, alkaline diet, Paleo diet, etc. Besides diets, I also tried autohemotherapy, products such as PXP, MFIII, different supplements, etc.
Although, in my case, having type 1 diabetes, none of these diets or treatments gave the satisfactory long-term results that I wanted, in the short-term they did make me need much less insulin. But, over time, for example after 8 months following the vegan diet, I ended up with no energy and lost 10 pounds that I shouldn’t have lost.
In spite of that, I would never say that those diets or treatments are not good for diabetes. Maybe they work for someone with type 2 diabetes, and in fact, there are many cases to prove it. In my case, perhaps I should have taken some dietary supplements to keep up my energy level. Or perhaps I did not follow it for a long enough period of time to see positive long term results.
This attitude is something I would like to see more often on internet forums, where people criticize and even insult the creators and/or followers of these diets and theories just because they did not get the results they were looking for. Giving our opinion and relating our experience is important, but we must make it very clear that it is OUR experience instead of generalizing that such a diet, treatment, or product is useless or is a rip-off.
Since this book is aimed at people with type 1 and type 2 diabetes, it becomes even more difficult to try to make a valid diet for both groups, as needs may be different. At the end of the day, there is no “perfect diet” for “all” the people with diabetes, even for all people with the same type of diabetes.
That said, I do not want to leave you empty-handed concerning best food for diabetes control, and I thought that offering a broader view might be even more appropriate in a book like this.
So, I created a comparison chart detailing the recommendations of some of the leading experts concerning different diets for diabetes that I have studied in more detail in books that claim to have healed diabetes in many cases of type 2 and helped patients with type 1 to need up to 80 per cent less insulin. By “healed” I mean that they no longer required the previously required medicines, that they lost weight, and their bodies regained their normal health. I have to add that these results were achieved and maintained by following such treatment, which means that if you go back to your previous habits, the diabetes symptoms could reappear.
The question is, why in the world would you like to go back to your previous habits when you are feeling great?!
The fact that most of these treatments have been successful in treating diabetes, especially type 2, shows that there are different ways to reach the same goal.
Having a few diets together in a table makes it easier to find trends. For example, if you see that four of the diets allow eating legumes and one recommends not eating them, it can give you more assurance that it is appropriate (or at least not harmful), since four authorities on the subject recommend it, according to their experience with their patients. Similarly, if you see that most diets advise against taking products with sugar or “light” products, it will be more clear to you that it is something to avoid.
Something that fascinates me, and also irritates me, is to see only one of the diets recommending something as beneficial for diabetics while the other ones don’t, such as caffeine, which only one or two of the diets allow it. If we follow the “majority rule,” we should not drink coffee. On the other hand, knowing that one or two doctors and nutrition experts are successfully treating diabetes with their patients and do not advise against coffee (or even recommend it, since there are studies that show it can be good if not taken with much milk or sugar), it gives me more peace of mind if I decide to drink coffee, because if it was really harmful for everyone, those experts would have noticed something wrong with their patients.
As always, moderation in these cases is usually the queen of virtues.
I hope this diet comparison chart gives you a broader perspective and helps you recognize trends about what you should/shouldn’t eat. If any one of these diets seems more attractive to you and you think it might work better in your case, try to learn more about it. As in every table full of details, there’s a lack of context. Knowing the “what” without the “why” is what often makes us throw in the towel and quit diets or treatments.
That’s why I do not recommend anyone to follow one of these diets one hundred per cent with only the information contained in this table.
These are not all the books or treatments that are available addressing the issue of diets for diabetes. There are more, but as you will see, most follow the same pattern.
My goal in displaying this comparison is not to prove that one is better or worse than another, but to see with more clarity and ease the common aspects, as well as things where they contradict.
My conclusion on the subject of diabetes diet and nutrition is that there are many ways to reach a goal. Experts are succeeding in treating their patients with diabetes from theories and diets that are sometimes conflicting. What for one theory is an essential nutrient, for another is something to avoid like the plague. And both are based on research and experiments to prove it.
Maybe it’s time to stop thinking black or white. Maybe there are no good or bad foods that apply for everybody. Maybe a certain food, taken in certain amounts, becomes detrimental to health. Or maybe, due to the biology of that person, that food does not feel well or causes symptoms. That is, it is time to move from a general medicine/nutrition (equal for large groups and not taking into account that each body is different and the causes of illnesses are different) to a personalized medicine/nutrition.
Finally, I must say that you will not see in the table the typical diet recommended by allopathic medicine (the food pyramid), firstly, because everyone knows it. It is what we get recommended when we are diagnosed and they are usually hung on the walls of kindergartens and schools for our children.
Secondly, it is clear that such a diet does not work, because since that diet was implemented, the number of diabetics and obese people has grown exponentially instead of decreasing, and most of those who have diabetes and follow this diet not only do not improve, but their symptoms worsen.
Even Dr. Richard Bernstein, who coursed the same medicine studies as the rest of the medical doctors, says that this diet is what is causing the epidemic of diabetes in the world.
Next time I will write about each of the diets and treatments showcased in the comparative table. Until then, spend some time finding the insightful patterns from the table and maybe thinking which one of the diets would suit you better. Following one of the diets could save yourself months and years of studying and doing trial and error tests.
Comparative table of diets and treatments for diabetes
|30 Day Diabetes Cure||30-Day Diabetes Miracle||The pH Miracle for Diabetes||There’s a Cure for Diabetes||Paleo Diet||Dr.Bernstein’s Diabetes Solution|
|Learn more about each diet:||30 Day Diabetes Cure||30-Day Diabetes Miracle||The pH Miracle for Diabetes|
|There Is a Cure for Diabetes||The Paleo Solution||Dr. Bernstein’s Diabetes Solution|
|Mainly focus||Type 2 diabetes||Type 2 diabetes||Type 2 & 1||Type 2 & 1||Type 2 & 1||Type 1 & 2|
(moderate in carbs)
(moderate in carbs)
(low in carbs)
(low in carbs)
(low in carbs)
(Very low in carbs)
|Sweeteners||Stevia, SlimSweet||100% flower honey, Pure Fructose, Malt syrup, Agave||Stevia||Stevia, Xylitol, Yacon||Better avoid||Stevia, Saccharine, Aspartame, Acesulfame-K, Sucralose, Splenda, Neotame|
|Products for diabetics||No||No||No||No||No||No|
|Follow the Food Pyramid||No||No||No||No||No||No|
|Sodas & light drinks||No||No||No||No||No||Yes|
|Meat||Better organic, 2/3 times/week||No||No||No||Better organic||Any type|
|Eggs||Better organic||No||No||No||Better organic||Yes|
|Dairy||Better organic||Almond or soya milk||Almond or soya milk||Almond or sesame milk||No||Soya milk, natural yogur and cream|
|Legumes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Little or none||Soya products|
|Grains and cereals||100% whole||100% whole||Avoid||Grain sprouts, Wheat, Quinoa||No||Just some cracker very low in carbs|
|Vegetables||Plenty||Plenty||Plenty||Plenty||Plenty||Not many due to carbs|
|Recommended fat||Saturated, monounsat.||monounsaturated||monounsaturated||monounsaturated||Saturated, monounsat.||Saturated, monounsat.|
|Fruit||Cherries, Strawberries, Blueberries, Raspberries, Pomegranate||Better avoid||Lime, Grapefruit, Coconut||Better avoid first months||Moderately||Better avoid|
|Spices, herbs & medicinal fruits||Blueberry, Bittermelon, Cassia cinnamon, Fenugreek, Ginseng, Prickly pear||Raspberry, Berries, Cinnamon||Bittermelon, Cinnamon, Fenugreek, Dandelion, Parsley, Kelp||Blueberry, Bittermelon, Cassia Cinnamon, Fenugreek, Goji, Prickly pear, Spirulina, Chlorella||Cinnamon, |
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