Diabetes and the plant based diet approach

WFPB diets make the news again, positively

By Dr. Alan Kadish NMD

If you read my bio or have been my patient you might know that I’ve been an advocate for a whole food plant based diet (WFPB), forever. No I’m not suggesting that everyone should be a vegan, however it seems more than clear that the best diets are whole food plant heavy and avoid a whole lot of junk (defined as processed, animal based, oils and adulterated foods)  for ones best health options.

The research has now become a tsunami of studies related to various risks including heart disease and of course diabetes. In this new study published in the Journal of Nutrients, 75 patients  who were already overweight were divided into two groups for 16 weeks. One  group did the WFPB diet, with low fat and “with no limit on energy intake” the other group ate their previous “regular” diet. Read the portion size was not restricted for those on the WFPB diet.

The results are telling, “The dietary intervention elicited marked increases in meal-stimulated insulin secretion and beta-cell glucose sensitivity, along with decreased fasting insulin resistance and decreased fasting and postprandial plasma glucose concentrations, in individuals with no history of diabetes.” So in plain english; the pancreas was more effective , the cells took up the sugar (glucose) easier and after a meal the sugar levels were less, which is what you want. Sounds like a trifecta as the body was truly working better, from multiple vantage points. 

Now switch gears and let’s see what the journal of Geriatric Cardiology has to say following a review of both interventional and observational studies. “Multiple potential mechanisms underlie the benefits of a plant-based diet in ameliorating insulin resistance, including promotion of a healthy body weight, increases in fiber and phytonutrients, food-microbiome interactions, and decreases in saturated fat, advanced glycation end products, nitrosamines, and heme iron”.

And not to belabor the point lets also consider the video by Dr. Greger at NutritionFacts.org. Now many of you will be upset to hear that some in the medical community believe that our diet coupled, with environmental insults and genetics may be the  primary cause of diabetes. No the science is not 100%, however there certainly is substantial information to suggest that indeed it may be a large part of the underlying cause for a huge percentage of people.

This would of course suggest that the mega billion dollar industry, build around diabetes, is misdirecting the resources which currently focus on drugs vs. diet. And for those who like some figures to really get a sense of the enormity of this issue, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) National Diabetes Statics Report for 2017 states: 30.3 million people are diabetic (9.4%) of the population. And how about a dollar figure ? The Diabetes organization calculates the current cost of this disease at $322 Billion. 

So what can you do ?
Consider your lifestyle 
Get educated with other scientific information
Actively move your body, daily
Consider some genetic testing
Don’t wait to check your blood sugar and HgbA1c
(note you can do this on your own without a physician’s orders)
Start with some sobering time on the couch and consider these highly suggested video documentaries. Any of these three should generate some thought processes regarding your diet and diabetes, as well as other health issues.
(*on Netflix):

What the Health*       What the Health

For those of you wanting to dive deeper into the subject you might find the following list of Youtube videos of interest:

How Not To Die Talks at Google by  Michael Gregor
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Alan Kadish

Dr. Kadish is an unusual physician often referred to as a “doctor detective”. His expertise is the evaluation and treatment of complex disorders, typically after other physicians and clinics have been stumped, is renowned. He provides care for all family members and has additional training in autistic spectrum disorders (ASD) and chronic complex diseases (focused on autoimmune and neurological conditions). If your wanting or needing some answers for your health issues call us at the Center of Health, 541.773.3191 .