Type 2 diabetes triples in China in a decade

Type 2 diabetes, a disease linked to inactivity and excess calories, has more than tripled in China over the past decade, so much so that “China, unfortunately, has become the world’s capital for diabetes,” said Michael Rosenblatt, Merck’s chief medical officer.

All efforts are toward bringing new medication and China’s diabetes drugs market will expand 20 percent annually to reach US$3.2 billion by 2016.

Absent from the treatment is a return to their ancestral diet, based on a plant-based, whole food nutrition, where diabetes was essentially non-existent. The adoption of such a diet combined with some exercises has shown to stop the disease for most.

Source: BusinessWeek.com


Eating Vegetarian Foods While Living With Kidney Disease

For people with diabetes who also experience some kidney diseases, consuming a plant-based, whole food diet is beneficial for both conditions, as it provides the necessary energy and nutrients. When it comes to kidney diseases, protein consumption must be limited, and a vegan diet is perfectly suitable to reach that goal:

  • A balanced vegan diet provides all amino acids. The notion that such a diet has “incomplete proteins” does not stand given the abundance and variety of vegan food available. Additionally, any amino acid deficiency is severely felt within 2-3 days, so it would be very easy to know if that’s the case.
  • Being ultra low in fat, such a diet minimizes risks of cardiovascular diseases. There’s clear evidence that the oils and fats as found in plants are enough to sustain our needs. In particular, there is no long-term studies that show that adding oils – any oils – can stop or reverse cardiovascular diseases. The only approach to do so is to eliminate any source of extra oils, which a vegan diet helps achieve quite easily.
  • By choosing food rich in complex carbohydrates and eliminating those filled with simple sugars (such as white bread, white pasta, white rice, pastries, candies, sweets, sweetened products, etc), blood glucose spikes can be avoided. Consuming whole food – as opposed to processed food – makes it easy to avoid simple sugars.

Find more about a plant-based diet when living with kidney disease.


How much sugar are you eating?

How much sugar are you eating? Sugarstacks.com displays common food we eat with the equivalent amount of sugar cubes they contain. It’s another way of seeing what we throw at our body without a second thought, but that is really damaging over time.


Arsenic Sold to Meat Producers

At least 706,530 kilograms (more than 1.5 million pounds) of arsenic-containing drugs were sold for use in animal products in 2010, according to analysis of FDA documents by the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future. Arsenic-based drugs are fed to animals to control intestinal parasites, promote animal growth, and to make the meat products look more appealing to consumers. Consumption of arsenic from animals is toxic to human health, and arsenic from animals’ waste is toxic to the environment.

Source: pcrm.org


Eating Legumes and Whole Wheat Lowers HbA1c

A study from the University of Toronto confirms that eating legumes (beans, chickpeas, lentils, etc) and whole-wheat products lowers hemoglobin A1c values (HbA1c), a marker of average blood sugar used for the treatment of diabetes.

Read more: Time.com


USDA’s FREE Online Tool to Track Your Diet, Weight, and Exercise

The USDA’s SuperTracker, which launched only eleven months ago, is an interactive, online tool that currently helps 1.5 million consumers eat more healthfully, manage their weight, and reach their physical activity goals.



Healthy recipes from the American Diabetes Association… NOT!

The ADA’s online magazine, Diabetes Forecast, publishes a recipe called Southern-Style Beet Greens, whose first ingredient is… a slice of bacon. Let’s consider this:

  • one slice of bacon (0.3 oz, 10g) provides nearly 50 calories, 70% of it from fat;
  • bacon’s high saturated fat content and absence of nutrients significantly contribute to atherosclerosis, leading to heart diseases even when consumed in small amounts;
  • its very high fat content is a trigger for type 2 diabetes. It’s not sugar that causes the disease, it’s malnutrition based on fatty and nutrient-deficient food and lack of exercises;
  • animal protein is strongly associated to cancer growth.

That recipe perpetuates the Western-style diets that encourage the consumption of fats, which are known to be very detrimental to human health (the food industry would like us to think otherwise, but that’s just to sell more of their products).

The best diet for people with diabetes is the same as for anyone: lots of vegetables, fruits and beans, some grains (whole wheat rice, 100% whole bread, 100% whole wheat pasta), and small amount of nuts (none for people with heart diseases). In particular, no processed food and no extra oil at all. Such a diet is very nutrient-rich, and provides plenty of proteins and essential fats even for athletes.

Southern-Style Beet Greens


The 21-Day Vegan Kickstart Challenge

A sure way to lower your cholesterol, lose weight, reduce your blood pressure, even get off some medication, is to try a vegan diet for 21 days with the 21-Day Vegan Kickstart. An absolute must for everyone to experience a no non-sense diet that is cheaper than your current diet, much tastier, and will help stop, possibly start reversing, the damage of some medical conditions you might have. Sign up today, it’s free, and it starts on April 2nd.


Why is Glucagon Part of the Emergency Kit?

Besides insulin injections, people living with diabetes have an emergency kit, usually in the form of an emergency-red plastic box, a syringe, some liquid in a vial and some powder in another. The procedure, as instructed by caregivers, is to inject 1 unit (or is it 1/2 unit, they are not sure themselves) of the liquid into the vial with powder, shake it, and when it looks good, draw from it and inject it. That’s to inject it in your daughter or son who is undergoing severe hypoglycemia and who is in a near-death condition under uncontrolled tremors.

Whereas insulin can be artificially created as a liquid, glucagon can not yet. It is unstable, which means that it has to be prepared and administered right away. It’s a road block toward artificial pancreas technology which would administer insulin and/or glucagon as needed.

Help is on the way: http://www.biodel.com/content/pipeline/biod-glucagon.htm. Stable glucagon might be available shortly, provided the FDA approves it (an entirely different story, equally complicated).


Eliminating Dietary Fats Can Stop and Reverse Type 2 Diabetes

In his book, “Dr. Neal Barnard’s Program for Reversing Diabetes: The Scientifically Proven System for Reversing Diabetes without Drugs”, Dr Barnard explains that consuming fatty food is the root cause of type 2 diabetes (T2D). Let’s recall that type 2 diabetes is a condition by which body cells do not properly absorb glucose, which then accumulates in the blood stream and leads to other illnesses.

He explains that fat naturally enters cells and are burned for energy. But in some people, the fat within cells is not properly burned, and its accumulation (within cells) interferes with the process by which insulin signals the cells to let glucose in. T2D treatments consist of controlling insulin and glucose, but they do not solve the problem. However, a diet low in fats does. And this is not related to body fat; very slim people can have the problem where fat is not properly burned within cells, which leads to T2D later in life.Studies have shown that eating high amount of fats not only results in excessive amounts of fat within cells, but it further reduces the inability for cells to burn it. It’s a problem that only worsens as time goes by, thereby requiring more medication to treat the problem and further medication to treat side effects of other problems (such as high blood pressure).

Although the condition is indeed genetic in part, a analogy can be made with cold viruses. When exposed to them, some get sick, some sicker, and some don’t. It’s a matter of their ability to fight off the disease, which is tied up to their genes. But people who follow strict hygiene (by washing their hands often for example) and stay away from sick people (who should actually be the ones staying away), the risk of getting a cold is greatly reduced, if not eliminated, regardless of their genes. The same goes for type 2 diabetes: by staying away from fatty food (animal products and oils), few develop type 2 diabetes despite a predisposition for it.

There are many ways to cut fats off a diet. Whether it’s by limiting calories (i.e. reduce the amount of food consumed), or choosing lean meat, none produced better results (i.e. reversing the disease) that entirely eliminating animal products and extra oils. Plus such a diet also reverses many heart diseases.

Read more about following a whole-food, plant-based diet to stop and reverse type 2 diabetes, among many other benefits (weight loss, cancer prevention, heart disease reversal, etc), in the books below.