What is the most important factor when it comes to diabetes – genetics, sugar, calories, insulin?
A few years ago, we may say sugar and insulin, but new research has dramatically changed what we know about diabetes.
“Fat, get out of the way and let me pump my sugar!” – Insulin.
It turns out that the fat in animal products and oils prevent insulin from doing its critical job – moving glucose into cells, lowering blood sugar level, and keeping us healthy.
In other words, what caused your diabetes or made it worse is not just your refined white bread or sugary drinks, but also the mayo dressing or cheese slices that you eat all the time!
Experiments on mice have shown that when fat is reduced from the diet, insulin can function properly, alleviating and eventually curing Type II diabetes!
Therefore, a low-fat, plant-based diet is the best for diabetes and conditions associated with it, such as heart disease, obesity, high cholesterol, and high blood pressure.
Has this been shown in humans?
Yes. One study found that 21 of 23 patients on oral medications and 13 of 17 patients on insulin did not need their medications after 26 days on a near-vegetarian diet and exercise program.
How to combat diabetes with a dietary approach?
Go plant-based and throw out animal products.
Avoid vegetable oil too.
Read food labels!
Avoid high GI foods.
Lots and lots of fibre.
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About the author
Raymond Setiadi is an Australian Accredited Practising Dietitian and is the founder of Vegan Palette, a Brisbane-based dietitian practice.
As an expert in whole food plant-based nutrition and fat loss strategies, Raymond has a comprehensive understanding of the interplay between food, human physiology, goal-directed psychology, and how they all play a pivotal role in one’s pursuit of optimal health.