Reversing Diabetes Across the Country
PCRM president Neal Barnard, M.D., may be bringing his new program for reversing diabetes to your town. This January, Dr. Barnard will begin a tour across the country to talk about his new book, Dr. Neal Barnard’s Program for Reversing Diabetes.
The book outlines a completely new dietary approach to preventing, controlling, and even reversing diabetes. The program is based on a series of studies conducted by Dr. Barnard and his colleagues. The most recent study, funded by the National Institutes of Health and published in the July issue of Diabetes Care, found Dr. Barnard’s program to be three times more effective than the American Diabetes Association (ADA) diet at controlling blood sugar.
The study involved 99 individuals with type 2 diabetes. Half the group was assigned to follow a low-fat vegan diet for 22 weeks, and the other half was asked to follow a diet based on the ADA’s guidelines. While both groups experienced significant reductions in weight, plasma lipid concentration, urinary albumin excretion, and hemoglobin A1c (a measure of blood sugar levels over a prolonged period), medication-stable participants in the vegan group experienced significantly greater reductions in A1c, weight, body mass index, waist circumference, total cholesterol, and LDL cholesterol.
The book explains how the diet actually alters what goes on in an individual’s cells. Rather than just compensate for malfunctioning insulin, a low-fat, plant-based diet helps repair how the body uses insulin. On his book tour, Dr. Barnard will discuss how a plant-based diet that eliminates all animal products and added vegetable oils can help many patients cut their blood sugars, improve their insulin sensitivity, and reduce, if not eliminate, their medications.
On the tour, Dr. Barnard will also describe the three-week dietary approach to changing one’s eating habits. In many cities, he will also be accompanied by a local chef demonstrating some of the more than 50 savory recipes included in the book.
Dr. Neal Barnard’s Program for Reversing Diabetes will be available in bookstores January 9. To find out if Dr. Barnard will be visiting your area, or for more book information, please visit www.ReverseDiabetesTour.org.
Dr. Barnard and PCRM dietitian Dulcie Ward have been hosting one-hour online diabetes lectures and cooking demos. The first group of sessions ended December 20, but videos of the classes can be downloaded from our Web site at www.pcrm.org/diabetes. There, you will also be able to sign up to join our online discussion group and access many diabetes-related resources.