If you were to switch to a plant-based diet could you possibly reverse and heal from ailments that put your life to a rest? We all know that eating salads and switching to a ketogenic diet can help plenty in reducing weight and fat loss. Nonetheless, could it possibly reverse insulin resistance in the case of diabetes, and treat it effectively?
Plant-Based Diet And Diabetes
Insulin resistance is an important risk factor when it comes to the development of complications linked to diabetes, kidney disease (nephropathy), peripheral artery disease, stroke, diabetic eye (retinopathy), and nerve damage (neuropathy) among others. There is enough to argue that removing carbohydrates from the diet is a way to cause diabetes, as insulin resistance manifests itself as intolerance to carbohydrates.
When the dietary carbs are within certain restricted levels below which it is not converted to fat, the signs and symptoms of insulin resistance get better or disappear entirely. Some studies have been able to point out the effectiveness of plant-based meal in reducing the effects of diabetes. So what does science say?
The Verdict Of Science
There is one startling limitation, as the studies about plant-based diets are relatively short-term. Some of the studies that have a longer follow-up period show that there are beneficial effects for a plant-based diet.
To top that off, there are epidemiological and population-based studies which have demonstrated that reducing the leanings on animal products help in reducing the risk of diabetes:
- In China, the rate of type 2 diabetes rose from 2.6% to9.7% in the span of 10 years – from 2000 to 2010. The rise has been predominantly in urban areas. Oil and animal product intake rose dramatically, and so did obesity in the same timeframe- both of which made the risk of diabetes worse.
- Just before the turn of the 20th century, the indigenous Mexican communities were found to have zero diabetes incidents. Their diet is comprised of high carbs foods like squash, rice, beans, and unrefined corn. When many of them headed to the US standard diet that is high on fat and protein, the diabetes cases rose to 37% of the population.
- Vegans were found to have a lowered risk of type 2 diabetes- half the risk to meat-eaters. Even sedentary and overweight vegans have a reduced risk of diabetes than fit people who eat a diet that has higher protein and fats.
Switch your dietary lifestyle and you could potentially reverse it all!