Preventing Prediabetes by Eating More

Preventing Prediabetes by Eating More
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A head-to-head test of adding beans vs. portion control for metabolic syndrome.

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Studies like this show that those who eat the most legumes appear to have only a fraction of the risk for a type of prediabetes known as metabolic syndrome. Those that ate three or more servings of beans a week only had about a quarter of the odds of the disease, compared to those who had one serving or less.

Yes, “[b]ean consumption [is] associated with lower body weight,” a slimmer waist, less “obesity and …blood pressure in [population] studies,” but “[w]hether the association of bean consumption…with healthier body weight and risk factors [for metabolic syndrome] is due to physiological effects of [the beans themselves] or simply an indicator of a healthy lifestyle [was] uncertain.” Anyone smart enough to eat beans may be smart enough to eat all sorts of other healthy food, so maybe bean consumption is just a marker for a healthy diet. So, researchers put it to the test.

Reducing belly fat may be the best way to treat metabolic syndrome and reduce the risk of prediabetes turning into full-blown diabetes. “Energy restriction [has been] the cornerstone of most weight-loss strategies…; however, evidence suggests that the majority of individuals who lose weight [by calorie-cutting] regain it during [the] subsequent months or years…” Starving ourselves almost never works long-term. “Thus, it is important to identify foods that can be easily incorporated into the diet and spontaneously lead to the attainment and maintenance of a healthy body weight and improved metabolic control.”

So, for the first time ever, they did a head-to-head test. Beans vs. caloric restriction. The bean group was asked to eat five cups a week of lentils, chickpeas, split peas, or navy beans. So, the bean group was asked to eat more food, and the cutting-calories group was asked to eat less food. And, the more food group won!

Not only was regular bean consumption as effective as portion control in reducing prediabetes risk factors, like slimming waistlines and better blood sugar control, but the bean diet led to additional benefits beyond just calorie reduction—”perhaps due to some functional properties of pulses,” which are beans and peas. “In conclusion, [five cups a week of beans, chickpeas, split peas and lentils] in an ad libitum diet [meaning they weren’t told to change their diet in any other way] reduced risk factors of [metabolic syndrome] and these effects were equivalent, and in some instances stronger, than [telling people to cut 500 calories from their daily diet].”

“These results are encouraging news for individuals with or at risk for [type 2 diabetes] since they indicate that simple diet changes, such as the inclusion of beans, can have a positive impact on [blood sugar] control.”

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Below is an approximation of this video’s audio content. To see any graphs, charts, graphics, images, and quotes to which Dr. Greger may be referring, watch the above video.

Studies like this show that those who eat the most legumes appear to have only a fraction of the risk for a type of prediabetes known as metabolic syndrome. Those that ate three or more servings of beans a week only had about a quarter of the odds of the disease, compared to those who had one serving or less.

Yes, “[b]ean consumption [is] associated with lower body weight,” a slimmer waist, less “obesity and …blood pressure in [population] studies,” but “[w]hether the association of bean consumption…with healthier body weight and risk factors [for metabolic syndrome] is due to physiological effects of [the beans themselves] or simply an indicator of a healthy lifestyle [was] uncertain.” Anyone smart enough to eat beans may be smart enough to eat all sorts of other healthy food, so maybe bean consumption is just a marker for a healthy diet. So, researchers put it to the test.

Reducing belly fat may be the best way to treat metabolic syndrome and reduce the risk of prediabetes turning into full-blown diabetes. “Energy restriction [has been] the cornerstone of most weight-loss strategies…; however, evidence suggests that the majority of individuals who lose weight [by calorie-cutting] regain it during [the] subsequent months or years…” Starving ourselves almost never works long-term. “Thus, it is important to identify foods that can be easily incorporated into the diet and spontaneously lead to the attainment and maintenance of a healthy body weight and improved metabolic control.”

So, for the first time ever, they did a head-to-head test. Beans vs. caloric restriction. The bean group was asked to eat five cups a week of lentils, chickpeas, split peas, or navy beans. So, the bean group was asked to eat more food, and the cutting-calories group was asked to eat less food. And, the more food group won!

Not only was regular bean consumption as effective as portion control in reducing prediabetes risk factors, like slimming waistlines and better blood sugar control, but the bean diet led to additional benefits beyond just calorie reduction—”perhaps due to some functional properties of pulses,” which are beans and peas. “In conclusion, [five cups a week of beans, chickpeas, split peas and lentils] in an ad libitum diet [meaning they weren’t told to change their diet in any other way] reduced risk factors of [metabolic syndrome] and these effects were equivalent, and in some instances stronger, than [telling people to cut 500 calories from their daily diet].”

“These results are encouraging news for individuals with or at risk for [type 2 diabetes] since they indicate that simple diet changes, such as the inclusion of beans, can have a positive impact on [blood sugar] control.”

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Doctor's Note

What is metabolic syndrome? See Metabolic Syndrome and Plant-Based Diets.

More on plants vs. calorie restriction:

More on magic beans:

What about treating full-blown diabetes with beans? All in my next video, Diabetics Should Take their Pulses.

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  1. Studies have shown that you eat less calories on whole foods (satisfaction on 1500 calories a day) compared to processed foods. Sugar can stimulate appetite. Eating highly processed foods have been shown to increase calorieintake (25%). If you wanna be lean, eat your bean……..s :-)




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  2. Dr. Greger: Thank you for the video. What about the claim by the proponents of paleolithic diet that beans contain toxins and therefore be avoided?




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    1. George: I suggest you check out the many other videos on this site that also mention the benefit of beans.
      http://nutritionfacts.org/index.php?s=beans
      I think after looking at those videos, one has to conclude that whatever it is in the beans that the paleo proponents are afraid of is not something to really be afraid of.

      You might also check out the videos on this site about phytates. I believe that phytates are one of the specific plant substances that paleo people often worry about. (Though I don’t know if they worry about phytates in regards to beans or not.) As you can see, their worry is probably misplaced.
      http://nutritionfacts.org/index.php?s=phytates

      Good luck.




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    2. Whatever the true diet of the paleo-times consisted of (maby a lot of meat) rember that this is a diet of evolution – the purpurse was guick growth, getting big and strong and to reach sexual maturity as fast as possible to promote survival of the species and your genes. It has nothing to do with longtime survival of the individual, because the individual would probably succumb to infection, accidents, starvation or violence long before onset of degenerative diseases, which plague moderne man. Dont eat a paleo-diet! This is not a diet fit for a long-living species like modern man.




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      1. Ironically with your comment, it has been proven that our ancestors had a longer life span than we do today on that very paleo diet. This is probably because if someone follows it, they don’t have to worry about all those degenerative diseases that come with eating processed foods, foods that contain no meat, and ones riddled with toxins like beans.




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    3. Lectins have positive effects in small quantities, but become problematic in large quantities. That is why raw beans are not such a good idea. But cooking at a decent temperature destroys the lectin content. All the longest lived cultures in the world consume beans – but they alse know how to prepare them properly.

      As for the other ‘antinutrients’ phytic acid has some positive benefits, as mentioned before – and is also found in high levels in nuts, which are not banned on the Paleo diet.

      This site gives a nice summary:

      http://www.drclydewilson.com/content/paleo-diet-incorrect-legumes-are-not-antinutrients

      Interestingly, he suggests that digestive problems resulting from bean consumption may suggest underlying digestive problems.




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    4. Their rationale seems to be we didn’t eat grains and legumes until the advent of agriculture, so not native to our diet, which has proven to be untrue as DNA evidence from early fossils shows we have long consumed them. Also they warn about the phytates as anti-nutrients to avoid, but there are videos here showing they are anti cancer compounds also. The benefits far outweigh any drawbacks.




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  3. My husband has been taking multiple shots and pills daily for severe diabetes. We only recently switched to a WFPBD including lots of beans and big salads he has lost twenty pounds and is using only minimal amount of insulin. This is a man who for most of his life has practically lived on sausage, bacon, and southern chicken fried steaks. Has done low carb in past and ended up with his chest burning all the time. We are so grateful we found Dr. Gregor. We are amazed watching his diabetes reverse before our eyes and his energy level has greatly increased as well. This really works!!!




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    1. Congrats on your success. You might benefit from reading Dr. John McDougall’s December 2009 newsletter entitled, Simple Care for Diabetes. You need to work with your physician(s) as patients who are on medications for their diabetes and/or high blood pressure usually need to adjust them in the downward direction and hopefully getting off them in time. Of course type 1 diabetes will require insulin as does some cases of long standing type 2 diabetes. Remember the science at this point shows that it is the fat in the diet that interferes with insulin and the cells ability to burn glucose. There are other important ways that a plant based diet can help. Our bacteria in our colons can break down fiber in plants to 2, 3 and 4 carbon short chain fatty acids. The 3 carbon fatty acids are absorbed into the body. Two of their effects are to lower cholesterol and glucose. Another reference that my patients have found useful is Dr. Neal Barnard’s book on reversing diabetes. Your husband will also find that his cholesterol levels have gone down as well. If you have both switched your diet you are most likely experiencing improved health as well.




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      1. Just a quick point on type I insulin requirements. I have had type I diabetes for 44 years. I have been fairly well controlled most of that time. My insulin intake with my pump can be monitored fairly well so I know what my usage has historically been. With a relatively low fat whole foods diet, I was using an average of 44 units per day. since going strictly wfpbd, I now use approximately 35 units. I know that this in typical for type I diabetics. My control is as good or better than ever. I do not “count carbs” (which I would consider to be malpractice in one’s self care.) Yes I will always need exogenous insulin but I suspect that even long standing type II diabetics can eliminate it and eliminate all diabetes drugs with a wfpbd and the resulting weight loss. Exercise also makes a big difference.




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        1. Stewart: I love your post for a couple of reasons. One is we often get people asking about type 1 diabetes. When I can, I refer them to Dr. Barnard’s book, which has a chapter about Type 1. But you give a personal account that makes that information in Dr. Barnard’s book so much more powerful.

          The other reason I love your post is because you give yet another example of how the concept of moderation fails us. It wasn’t until you went in all the way that you saw the best health results.

          Best of luck to you and thank you for sharing your story.




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    1. From the article, their reasoning was that they wanted a variety as recommended by Canadian nutrition guidelines. They repeatedly use the phrase “beans, chickpeas, lentils, peas” to describe pulses in general, so it I think they were just picking one (e.g. navy or split) from each category.




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  4. After a lifetime as a sugar addict, but with normal fasting glucose, I
    knew that I was tempting fate. Last year, out of curiosity, I started
    testing my blood sugar level when it peaks at 45 minutes after eating.
    Wow, what an eye opener! Any processed carbs or sugar sent me into the
    prediabetes range, which motivated me to give them up. I replaced them
    with healthy fats (nuts, seeds, avocado), low carb proteins (tofu and
    seitan), and lots of veggies, moderate fruits. The results have been
    noticeable: no blood sugar peaks, no weight gain, and a very good
    improvement in fasting lipids. The
    only drawback was that my energy level seemed to be declining, so I
    added more legumes and whole grains to my diet, which has kept my blood
    glucose in a healthy range and my energy in abundance. If I occasionally
    have more carbs in a meal, I can keep my blood sugar levels from
    overreacting by exercising within an hour after eating, like taking a
    walk, going up and down the stairs, jumping jacks, anything to get
    moving. I have been vegetarian and now vegan for 14 years, so that and
    being slim probably saved me from diabetes. Dr Gregor’s recommendations
    are right on target!




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  5. Burnt food: I’ve read that it may contain carcinogens. Even burnt plants like over-baked veggies, or burnt toast. Thoughts? I would love to see a video about this!




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    1. Been awhile, but if still looking for an answer plants won’t create heterocyclic amines when cooked because they don’t have creatine like animal flesh does. They can form polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons and acrylamide at super high temps (deep fry).




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  6. I just want to give a personal testimony as beans to the test. I am on a vegan diet and my protein is from pressure cooked beans and whole grains. currently I am in the house for 6 days a week. I am trying to help my boyfriend lose weight. on this diet with collards, broccoli sprouts, b12, lichen vitamin D3, mushrooms, sweet potatoes and kale I went from 135 pounds to a scant 122 lbs. Unfortunately my boyfriend is resistant to weight lose. He remains at almost twice mine. I cannot lose much more pounds. He eats outside who knows what to keep his weight!




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    1. If the diet you tried is very high in vegetables but low in starch, he may not feel satisfied on it which could cause him to binge when not at home. Have you read any of McDougall’s work e.g. Maximum Weight Loss or Starch Solution? These programs work very well, especially for those with a significant amount of weight to lose, and most importantly, long-term compliance and satisfaction tend to be very high.




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      1. I don’t buy regular canned beans…those with prostate cancer have been found to have 4xs the level of BPA than those without? (no link).
        I use a slow cooker ($10 or so on sale).
        3 cups SORTED beans…done 1 cup at a time on a large plate….volcanic rocks don’t help your teeth?
        8 cups water
        1/2 tsp black pepper
        1 level tsp sea salt
        Soak beans in cooker for 3 hrs…5 hrs cooking on high…then low…UNPLUG and cover overnight with a couple of sweaters.
        Makes + 2 quarts.
        I’m using pinto and black beans…great northern cause gas?




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      2. We have increased complex carbs with our beans (long grain brown rice, hulled barley, oat groats, hulled rye etc) after watching McDougal a few weeks ago. I keep saying stick to the diet! No Cuban pastry or even whole wheat bagels from Dunkin donuts. I am trying to get him to drink tea. Cab divers like gas station food. Nature Valley bars, and bananas. A Vegetable burger from subway in my opinion is the best however on the run it is quite messy! Yes I am also trying to get us on Green/White Tea and if we must continue black coffee! Coffee and this type of high bean diet must include plenty of fruit for dehydration is an issue.




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      3. It has nothing to do with binging, his body is stressed and the cortisol is causing the problem. His best option is to just go flat out paleo and primarly eat meat and veggies with healthy fats and treat fruit like a desert.

        If were looking at a dinner plate, 50% of it should be of veggies, 30% of meats, and 20% of fats like healthy nuts and seeds. Then on occasion cooked fruit as a desert.




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        1. Hi Martin, I’m really not sure why you’ve responded to me or how you have come to the conclusion that eating “dunkin donuts, cuban pastries and gas station food” have nothing to do with cyndishisara’s boyfriend’s weight. Surely stress induced by a very low calorie diet will influence binging behavior (which was exactly the point I was making) but to deny that the food consumed during that binge has nothing to do with weight loss or maintenance and that stress hormones themselves are solely to blame is nonsense.

          In any case, from your comments you are clearly concerned with minimizing insulin response. Since 1) meat is more insulinogenic than either grains or fruit, and as insulinogenic as pure refined sugar, and 2) saturated fat inhibits insulin-induced signal transduction within the cell (i.e. causes insulin resistance), you may want to rethink your stance on a protein/fat based diet.

          The following video series will explain the effects of fat and protein on insulin and glucose response. Links to literature sources mentioned in each video are available under “Sources Cited”.

          http://nutritionfacts.org/video/paleo-diets-may-negate-benefits-of-exercise/

          http://nutritionfacts.org/video/what-causes-insulin-resistance/

          http://nutritionfacts.org/video/the-spillover-effect-links-obesity-to-diabetes/

          http://nutritionfacts.org/video/lipotoxicity-how-saturated-fat-raises-blood-sugar/

          http://nutritionfacts.org/video/if-white-rice-is-linked-to-diabetes-what-about-china/

          http://nutritionfacts.org/video/diabetes-as-a-disease-of-fat-toxicity/




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    2. cyndishisara: Here are a couple of excellent resources that I think would be helpful for your boyfriend, but unless he wants to “go there”, this isn’t going to do much good.

      The first resource is a free talk on YouTube called How To Lose Weight Without Losing Your Mind. The speaker is one of the experts on Forks Over Knives and one of the authors of The Pleasure Trap:
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xAdqLB6bTuQ

      The other great talk is one you have to buy, but it is *well* worth it. It is from Jeff Novick:
      http://www.amazon.com/Calorie-Density-More-Weigh-Less/dp/B003ASP6JE/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1406145481&sr=8-1&keywords=calorie+density+jeff+novick

      Good luck.




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      1. Thank you for this video. I have only one success story helping a friend loose weight! That was because I personally cooked for her and she loved the vegetarian Okinawan cooking orientation of my cooking. Otherwise my attempts were only maintenance accomplishing. Hope this video will help! I will give you further feedback.




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        1. cyndishaisara: re: “That was because I personally cooked for her…” That reminds me of Dr. Greger’s latest blog post where he talks about the men in one study who were able to stick to the diet because the food was delivered to them. I sure wish someone would do that for me. You are a very good friend!

          Best of luck to you both. I will be keeping my fingers crossed and looking forward to hearing back in the future.




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          1. I am interested in the subject of leptin and leptin resistance especially from a vegan point of view.
            Do you have any videos or information on this topic by a vegan doctor.
            This might help others. As I will post on face book.
            Thank you again.
            Cyndi




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    3. 500 calories even 1 day a week is dangerous, and here is why, cortisol. That wonderful thing your body releases in response to stress. Worrying about a diet or starving yourself when your hungry will flood your body with cortisol.

      Here is what cortisol does which I took from another page:

      “Under stressful conditions, cortisol provides the body with glucose by tapping into protein stores via gluconeogenesis in the liver. This energy can help an individual fight or flee a stressor. However, elevated cortisol over the long term consistently produces glucose, leading to increased blood sugar levels.

      Theoretically, this mechanism can increase the risk for type 2 diabetes, although a causative factor is unknown.1 Since a principal function of cortisol is to thwart the effect of insulin—essentially rendering the cells insulin resistant—the body remains in a general insulin-resistant state when cortisol levels are chronically elevated. Over time, the pancreas struggles to keep up with the high demand for insulin, glucose levels in the blood remain high, the cells cannot get the sugar they need, and the cycle continues.”

      This my friends is what leads to weight gain.. insulin resistance. If you want to burn fat you need to keep your insulin levels in your body low and not flood it because your causing too much stressors. Same goes with eating too much fruit or starchy vegetables. Keep the insulin levels low so your glucagon takes effect. Cortisol in your body will manifest itself as insulin resistance and that is the exact opposite of what you want.




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  7. When I got serious about the whole plant based diet, I had been a vegetarian for many years, on and off. Mostly on. I was getting blood sugar spikes and other symptoms of trouble in that area. All’s well now. My question is that is it necessarily the beans? I have some peas every day but not always beans and then will make some bean soup and enjoy that a couple meals, so not a lot. I have very bad Osteoporosis and therefore avoid a high protein diet. Still I had luck avoiding diabetes by going full bore into the whole food, starch based plan. Is it possible that the whole food plan ie Dr. McDougall, does the trick w/o necessarily focusing on the lentils, beans?




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    1. McDougall’s diet works because it limits the amount of insulin-inhibiting fat in the diet. It is also low in refined sugars and high in fiber. Beans are also low in fat, free of refined sugars, and high in fiber.

      More importantly, in the context of the SAD (or SCD) -eating population, beans are typically used to *replace* high-fat low-fiber meat, eggs, or cheese.

      Within a wfpb diet, there are many avenues one can take based on personal preferences. If one doesn’t want to eat beans, they don’t have to, and they can still get plenty of protein and prevent or cure diabetes. If you’ve successfully prevented diabetes on your low-fat McDougall diet, then you have your answer. Also keep in mind these studies often have people eating 1 cup of this or 1 cup of that every day, but following a study protocol isn’t necessary or even possible if you compiled all the dietary requirements from all studies such as this one, especially in the context of lifelong habits. It sounds like you get a nice variety of pulses on a regular basis, so you’re still getting the unique nutrients or metabolic byproducts of beans.




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    2. Congratulations. I have the pleasure of working with Dr. McDougall and learning from him. You can get all the protein you need from the whole food plan you are following. Our bodies can’t store protein and it has been shown that animal protein is associated with alot of problems. You might enjoy reading Dr. McDougall’s January 2004 newsletter article, Protein Overload. You could also review any of the 67 videos listed under “animal protein” on browse all topics… you might start with the one relating to heart disease our number one killer…. http://nutritionfacts.org/video/protein-and-heart-disease/
      Good luck.




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      1. Hi,

        If I remember correctly, Dr. McDougall suggested a low fat (10% ?) WFPB diet. I understand we don’t need extra protein than necessary. But I have noticed that to get to 56 gram of protein, my fat % goes up to nearly 40% of my daily intake. This is because most of the high protein plant based food also happens to be fatty. I am wondering how one can achieve a 10% fat while still meeting their protein requirements?




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        1. Hi Jason! I have played around with SuperTracker a bit and my memory states that it can be done relying on black beans, spinach, etc. Try this: rotate through all parts of the plant (seeds/legumes, roots, stems, leaves, flowers, fruits and then mushrooms). Lots of lentils and beans… Aduki beans are also good: 7 grams of protein, 19 grams of carbs with 0 grams of fat per 1/2 cup). Good Luck!




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  8. Hi, Just wondering if someone with celiac and possibly crohn’s, who is affected negatively (in quite a worrying way) by pulses, rice and any flour products grains, sugars etc.., but can manage fruits I also believe they are cleansing anyway, and some fresh salad. The only other thing is baked potatoes (which do affect a bit)later on in the day with leafy greens,and some salad vegetables after fruit all day and a smoothy. The only sweetener is unfortunately honey, as per the scd diet, sorry my question is would you heal yourself and then start to include beans and legumes when you would be able to tolerate them to get the benefits, or any other advice would be appreciated.Thanks.




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    1. try to start from some probiotics, and avoid products that have antibiotics and conservant. switch to new food slowly,day by day, so you gut flora have time to change. as soon as you get the good bacterial flora – your problem will be solved.




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  9. I’d like to know what was the sample size in this trial? A small group of 8 or a large group of 50 (and how many were controls, if any)? Very promising study.




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    1. I have visited India twice and was started at the amount of sugar they consume. A lot is in black tea which they drink several times a day as well as in desserts. Many workers drink this very sweetened tea as a way to get the calories for the energy they need doing hard manual labor. However, the tea drinking is still part of the sedentary work culture and still equally sweetened. The other thing I noticed was the high use of white rice and fruit. When I stayed there most breakfast was almost all fruit and white rice is eaten at almost every meal. Most labor workers are still quite thin but people in more sedentary work are often noticeably heavier. As an interesting side note, the invention of cane sugar granules is attributed to India.




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    2. The increasingly high amounts of fats and oils they use, and the addition of processed and fast foods! So much is deep fried or sauteed in ghee, fat is the main culprit in T2 diabetes, especially animal fats.




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  10. I know this article was posted a while ago, but I have proven to myself, through self-experimentation, that the information in this video is absolutely correct.

    The experiment that I did was not particularly scientific, but it showed me how powerful my new bean-eating habit is in controlling my blood sugars. In a single day, I ate pizza twice. I had thin crust, cheeseless pizza with mushrooms and spinach. I thought since the crust was thin and I had no cheese I wouldn’t get the usual sugar spike.

    I was dead wrong. After eating some pizza earlier in the day, my sugar went to around 220 and would not budge no matter how much exercise I did. I was on my bike for over an hour and still struggled to get it below 200. The only hope I had was time and it took 3-4 hours to return to my pre- level of around 100. This is the same reaction I have anytime I attempt to eat fried anything.

    On another occasion, I noticed that beans seemed to have a positive impact on my blood sugars, so I thought I would try again and see if it worked. I had a baked potato with refried beans and salsa. Of course, my sugars remained stable.

    Two hours later I had the same amount of pizza as I had earlier in the day. My blood sugar went to 140 at its peak and settled back down 2 hours after eating the pizza.

    I was so excited! Not because I had found a sneaky way to eat pizza. Obviously there is something off about that pizza if it is making my sugars go crazy like that. But because I could gain nearly immediate benefits from eating beans.

    This is incredible to me. So much so that I now eat beans every single day and will continue to do so for the rest of my life. I used to think beans were so gross. I could probably count on both hands the number of times I have eaten them in my life until recently. Now they really are delicious, especially now that I know how good they are for me.




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    1. Penny: What a *fun* story! Thanks for taking the time to report to us. As you said, it is just an anecdote, but those types of stories can be powerful motivators for people who read them. Thanks!




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  11. Our ancestors had very hard, short lives, so why do people want to imitate them anyway? Yes, we can still learn some things from them.




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  12. It is a mockery of a sham of a travesty . But there is a lot of money to
    be made in causing and then “treating” degenerative diseases, i.e. the
    food and drug industry. It would cost the industry tens of billions
    annually if people switched to a WFPBD which is at odds with big
    business capitalist ethos.Furthermore, the food and drug industry is the
    biggest investor in clinical research, so you see ladies and gentlemen
    capitalism has us all by the short and curlies cos you gotta eat!




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  13. Dr. Your contribution, among others like John Mcdougal, Neal Barnard, etc…, is so important that I am really worried you will be assasinated. These food companies are so powerful and have so much to lose that I am really worried about your personal well-being.




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  14. Beans have an impressive nutritional profile; however, there are much better choices out there. Beans are loaded with toxins and are not easily digested by our digestive system. In fact, most people are incapable of breaking beans down to extract the nutrients inside.

    If you want an equivalent nutritional profile to a can of beans; have a nice big spinach salad with some olive oil, almonds, and chicken breast.




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  16. I grew up disliking beans of all kinds (except green beans), unless sitting in a can with lots of sauce. I lived in a meat, potatoes and gravy family. And take my right arm, rather than my brick of cheese. But now I have peripheral neuropathy and have been suggested to go to a plant based diet. How can I make this palatable for me and bring my husband on board? He doesn’t mind going without meat more, but the man would die if he had to go vegan.




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    1. I’m Joan, one of the moderators helping on the NutritionFacts site. I’m sorry you are having to deal with Peripheral neuropathy, Susan. As far as making a whole food plant based palatable- consider it a journey. Some steps will be easy, such as substituting diary milk for plant-based milks. You may already have found a soy or almond milk you at first can tolerate and then in a few weeks may prefer. Take a look at your recipes and see which ones you already like that do not contain meat or diary. Try out some nut based cheeses. There are good books out there with basic implementation plans to assist you. For example, the The Forks Over Knives Plan will give you specific tips. There are many other books or online resources for you. It helps if you can find a group that will support you and a dietitian who is well versed in vegetarian/vegan nutrition and can give you strategies. You’ll find a wealth of support online and many tips in How Not To Die. Some folks start gradually, going meatless first, then diary free, etc. Do get some resources so you can plan, shop and be successful since going plant based is especially important to you. As you find meals you enjoy your husband may become happy to come onboard.




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  17. I was diagnosed with prediabetes a year ago and I watch my diet very carefully. I have been a vegetarian going on three years this coming March and am also gluten free and dairy free. I am 5′ 5″ tall and 104 pounds and exercise twice weekly, walk 1-2 miles a day and do yoga and yet my blood sugar counts are very erratic (and my doctor has me testing three times a day). My endocrinologist noticed I was drinking apple juice 4 oz. mixed with 4 oz. of water with dinner so I stopped that and only drink water with dinner. What is a person to do – sheesh!




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  18. “Beans , beans, good for the heart………………..”
    “Beans, beans, the musical fruit…………
    So lets have beans for every meal.”




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  19. Victoria

    There are literally thousands of competent chiropractors in California serving to folks cope with back or neck pain.
    The Cambridge crew, who have revealed their research in the British
    Medical Journal , say they can’t prove that too many sweetened drinks causes type 2 diabetes
    from the evidence they have been in a position to gather.
    This test will confirm diabetes if the particular person’s blood sugar levels stay high for a very long time after the checks.
    It is the B cells of the immune system which are responsible for
    making the antibodies to fight off the virus. About 1 particular person in 20 with diabetes gets a foot ulcer, which may cause critical
    infection. The rise in incidence of type 2
    diabetes is likely associated primarily to the increases in chubby and obesity in youth, although this is not the only purpose,” said Mayer-Davis.
    The 2 kinds of diabetes are kind 1 and kind 2.
    Each trigger blood sugar levels to grow to be higher than normal but achieve this in different methods.
    Schwarzenberg SJ, Brunzell C. Sort 1 Diabetes and Celiac Disease:
    Overview and Medical Nutrition Remedy. A fingerstick glucose test is acceptable for just about all
    patients with diabetes. The distinction between Type 1 and Sort 2 diabetes is that with Type 2 diabetes the pancreas doesn’t produce sufficient insulin or the body does not properly use the it.
    This line of analysis focuses on turning stem cells into insulin-producing cells, which then may very well be implanted in diabetes patients, thus eliminating the need for injections.
    When an applicant discloses after receiving a conditional job offer that she has diabetes, an employer
    might ask the applicant extra questions comparable to how lengthy she has had diabetes; whether she uses insulin or oral remedy; whether or not and the way
    usually she experiences hypoglycemic episodes; and/or whether or
    not she’s going to need assistance if her blood
    sugar stage drops while at work. We all know that insulin resistance in the end leads to prediabetes and kind 2 diabetes.

    Smartphones may quickly be capable to add yet another entry
    to their rolodex of abilities: the power to behave as a instrument
    to measure blood glucose ranges for those affected by Type 1 diabetes.
    Hence, it might make sense operationally to consider extended remission of diabetes
    primarily equal to cure. In case your diabetes is controlled by remedy, you’re entitled to free prescriptions and eye examinations.
    Kind 2 diabetes, together with heart illness and most cancers, appears
    to be a curse of civilization, rising rapidly in many industrialized nations, with identified circumstances rising by one hundred pc or more
    in 18 states between 1995 and 2010, in response to a current examine by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
    So, bear with me because prior knowledge of those basics will allow you to grasp the train and
    kind 2 diabetes relationship a lot more. Before your kind 1 diabetes is diagnosed and controlled correctly, chances are you’ll develop hyperglycaemia.
    People with diabetes are inspired to debate the advantages and disadvantages of this insulin delivery system with their doctor.
    Although insulin is more prevalently utilized in instances of sort 1 diabetes, it’s used to fight both sorts.

    Maintaining a wholesome life-style with common exercise
    and a nutritious diet helps with glucose management and managing diabetes within the long-time
    period. Nationally, one in every 400 to 600 kids and teenagers has Sort 1 diabetes, according to the American Diabetes Association. I can even address the distinction between kind 1 and type
    2 diabetes and differences in therapy. Liver Cleansing Mix:
     Add 1 teaspoon of ginger powder to a cup of
    sizzling water and add 10 ml of complete organic
    lemon/lime juice and 10 ml of Cider Vinegar. There are
    two essential sorts of diabetes: Type 1 and Type 2. They’re
    totally different conditions, brought on by different things, however they are both serious and have to be treated and managed correctly.
    In my medical follow, I have seen teenagers and even youngsters as young as seven,
    in addition to younger sufferers of Asian, African and Center Eastern origin with type
    2 diabetes. The majority of persons with Kind 1 Diabetes administer insulin injections
    to themselves. Heavy alcohol use can permanently
    injury the pancreas and impair its capacity to secrete insulin, which may end up
    in type 2 diabetes. Gestational diabetes develops in 2% to 10% of all pregnancies but usually disappears
    when a pregnancy is over. Genetics also play a job in raising
    somebody’s risk for kind 2 diabetes, as they do with type 1.
    When you have a household historical past of sort 2 diabetes, it
    implies that your body is more seemingly to resist insulin,” says Briars.
    Persons are handled for diabetes individually relying on the kind
    of diabetes they’ve. Likewise, avoiding cow’s
    milk during infancy may probably prevent type 1 diabetes in genetically prone infants.
    On occasion, an oral glucose tolerance test could assist in the analysis of diabetes or
    an earlier abnormality that may turn out to be diabetes –
    known as impaired glucose tolerance. Non-Hispanic
    black, Hispanic, and American Indian/Alaska Native adults are about twice as more likely to have
    recognized diabetes as non-Hispanic white adults.
    There have also been some controversial research into the
    connection between ingesting cow’s milk as an toddler and the event of kind 1 diabetes.
    By lowering levels of circulating lipids, researchers have efficiently stunted the devel­opment of
    diabetes in animal fashions. Happily, the problems of diabetes could be prevented, delayed, or slowed by controlling blood glucose levels to as near the normal vary as attainable.
    Since genetics cannot be used to predict diabetes for sure, this means that
    other factors may additionally be concerned. In Australia, sort 2 diabetes is the quickest rising persistent
    situation, affecting 1 in 20 adults (5%) or virtually 1 million individuals.
    People who get Type 1 diabetes are normally underneath the age of 20, usually presenting itself when the
    person is a toddler or younger grownup. The research level to
    living conditions that put low-earnings adults and youngsters at risk for myriad diseases,
    not simply diabetes. In type 1 diabetes, the body makes little or no insulin as a result of an overactive immune system.

    They use a doctor to pull you in, however, the rationale why you’re still diabetic is as a result of most doctors know very little about diet and
    learn how to deal with diabetes without utilizing medications!
    It is recommended that individuals aged forty five and older be tested for diabetes
    each three years. There are several diabetes scams out there
    that promise the world however they do not ship.
    Prediabetes is a situation in which your blood sugar degree is larger than regular,
    but not high enough to be categorized as diabetes. If your
    random blood glucose stage is 200 mg/dL or larger, then you have diabetes.
    Many people with diabetes take medication like metformin to assist hold
    their blood sugar in test. Diabetes is a illness during
    which the physique produces insufficient or no quantities of the hormone insulin,
    which regulates sugar levels in the blood. Their approach, introduced earlier this
    month in the academic journal Present Pharmaceutical Biotechnology , not only would have implications for Sort 1, formerly known as
    juvenile diabetes, but also may assist deal with the way
    more widespread Kind 2 selection, also known as adult-onset diabetes.

    Type 1 diabetes can have an effect on anyone, but is extra frequent in individuals under
    30 years and tends to start in childhood. Diabetes in children is a
    24-hour-a-day problem that needs to be thought of when a toddler is attending faculty and
    participating in extracurricular activities. However,
    you must consult a medical practitioner earlier than adding this ingredient to your regular diet.

    Nevertheless, some youngsters as young as seven are actually being identified with sort 2 diabetes.
    People with type 1 diabetes benefit from exercise, but they should take
    precautions to prevent sudden drops in blood glucose ranges.

    If you’re unsure your symptoms are diabetes or age related, by all means ask your doctor.
    The FPG check just isn’t always dependable, so a repeat take a look at
    is really useful if the preliminary take a look at suggests the presence of diabetes, or if
    the exams are regular in individuals who have signs or danger elements for diabetes.

    I used to be diabetes free for 5 years and now, have been diabetic
    for over 10 years. Complete sum eating regimen : Food plan which is a mixture of vegetables and fruits get a wealthy array of antioxidants equivalent to vitamin C.
    Antioxidants prevents the oxidation and damage of artery walls, which otherwise can result in plaque
    construct-up and coronary heart illness. The manufacturing
    of insulin from the beta cells begins to fail, and the level of blood
    sugar starts to rise above regular. To be able to perceive what causes diabetes, it’s
    helpful to first perceive a bit of about how your
    physique usually makes use of insulin. Because of this,
    people with type 1 diabetes must repeatedly inject insulin with a view
    to keep alive. These may embody a podiatrist to verify your toes and an ophthalmologist
    to verify your eyes for indicators of diabetes problems.
    Nonetheless, because of the progressive nature of diabetes, a pre-diabetes analysis is a threat factor for kind 2.

    Sort 1 diabetes is the place the cells in the physique that usually produce insulin have been destroyed, leaving the body unable to produce the key hormone.
    You have got pre-diabetes when your blood sugars are above normal,
    however not so high as to fulfill the diagnostic standards for sort 2 diabetes.
    Even if a scientists found a remedy, there could be so many hoops to jump by that the cure could be deemed
    not adequate from the FDA and other regulators that are
    influenced by the doctors that need to keep their money cow the way it’s.

    The one thing that has made a distinction in my sugar ranges is
    consuming CONTEMPORARY, RAW VEGATABLES AND FRUITS.
    You should also follow your really helpful diabetes eating regimen , exercise
    often, handle your stress, and see your physician often for mandatory checkups.
    Soluble fiber due to this fact provides the
    double potential benefits of reducing cholesterol and possibly lowering progression to diabetes.
    The ISPAD Uncommon Diabetes Assortment is a central resource based mostly in Exeter within the UK which physicians
    can contact and supply clinical details on uncommon forms
    of diabetes, as well as depositing blood which would be stored as DNA.
    As a further consideration, genetic predisposition to extended
    QTc interval prolongation is well recognised in the normal community.

    In the event you’re not careful, the first manner that a diabetes rip-off can harm you is financially.
    His morning sugar remains to be between 5.2 and 5.5 mmol/L (ninety four-ninety
    nine mg/dl) strolling as soon as for forty five minutes each day on the treadmill and taking a a hundred carb gram
    per day diet. The majority of individuals with diabetes
    have type 2, which is related to being chubby. I have to say that with the time it is getting
    harder and tougher to maintain dreaming, because everytime that a brand new discovery comes up the place some researchers treatment
    t1D (in mice first but generally in humans as nicely), they say in 5-10 years
    it will likely be accessible to the general public.
    Solely about 5% of people with diabetes have kind 1. It is extra frequent in whites than in African-Individuals.
    Medical care goals to minimise these risks by controlling diabetes,
    blood strain and cholesterol and screening for possible complications
    brought on by the diabetes. You’ll be able to see the outcomes of gastric banding versus medical treatment from the graph above.
    Laing SP, Swerdlow AJ, Slater SD, et al. The British Diabetic Association Cohort Examine, II:
    trigger-specific mortality in patients with insulin-treated diabetes mellitus.
    These medication can get your HbA1c down to six.5% at greatest (which is effectively managed but still diabetic).
    Nonetheless, it wasn’t till 1970 that researchers lastly successfully transplanted islets in mice;
    the primary successes in people with diabetes weren’t till two decades later.
    For now, properly-established risk components resembling weight problems , high blood pressure and lack of exercise ought
    to be considered the first causes of Sort 2 diabetes, she said.

    The three drugs can all be used on their own if an individual can’t use metformin, sulfonylurea or pioglitazone,
    and weight-reduction plan and train alone isn’t controlling their blood
    glucose ranges. Ziegler D, Ametov A, Barinov A, Dyck PJ, Gurieva I, Low PA,
    Munzel U, Yakhno N, Raz I, Novosadova M, Maus J, Samigullin R.
    Oral treatment with alpha-lipoic acid improves symptomatic
    diabetic polyneuropathy. Sort 1 is principally autoimmune destruction of pancreas cells that
    produce insulin – the C-Reactive protein and islet anti-physique assessments
    are diagnostic exams that may assist decide in case
    you are Type 1. Each the American Diabetes Association and the American Academy of Family
    Physicians recommend a fasting glucose test after age 45, and if regular, each three years thereafter.
    A easy blood glucose (finger prick) test by your GP can examine for Type 1 diabetes.

    There is an elevated danger of creating type 2 diabetes for individuals carrying extra weight, significantly if
    it’s stored around the waist and very important organs. The extra frequent genetic syndromes
    associated with diabetes are listed within the Figure.
    One in three people with pre-diabetes will go on to develop sort 2 diabetes; however, with the correct way of life
    adjustments, together with exercise, weight loss, a healthy diet,
    and the right medicines, the percentages lower so that just one
    in nine pre-diabetic individuals develop sort 2 diabetes.
    Greater than 126 milligrams of glucose per deciliter (mg/dl)
    of blood alerts diabetes. Researchers found that residing in poverty in the two years previous to prognosis increased the risk of
    creating Kind 2 diabetes by 24 p.c, a danger not modified
    when factoring in weight or bodily exercise. This
    line of analysis is now focused on figuring out compounds to block these components with a view to stopping development of diabetes in its early levels.
    Those who had a nasty diabetes experience, on the other hand, could
    make you are feeling more fearful. But taking one or two or
    three common power or even triple power Omega3 capsules per day will absolutely not repair sort 2.
    Eskimos eat round 15 grams whole of EPA and DHA per day with little or no Omega6.

    It is important to diagnose diabetes as early as
    attainable, in order that treatment might be began. She can also be on the lookout for signs
    of current flu infection in individuals with newly recognized diabetes.
    Having to constantly educate others about diabetes
    and the differences between Type 1 and Sort 2 diabetes can get annoying, however sometimes making the effort can feel worth it.
    Last spring, for instance, I picked up a e-book by one among my favorite writers,
    New York Occasions Journal reporter Michael Pollan. Type 2 diabetes develops when the physique
    can no longer produce sufficient insulin to compensate for the impaired potential
    to use insulin. Folks with new, uncontrolled type 1 diabetes
    can lose a gallon of water from dehydration. Your physician or diabetes educator will
    teach you the way to give insulin injections. Some of
    the cures (as indicated) are good to continue with
    to maintain good well being.




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