Sadly, people today still don’t know and understand that a plant based diet is effective for the treatment and management of type 2 diabetes. At Seattle Hypnosis with Roger Moore, people know that hypnosis for diabetes and lifestyle change is an effective way to lasting dietary changes and health improvements.
Diabetes has become a global epidemic affecting an estimated 371 million people (in 2012), a number that is expected to reach 552 million by 2030. With healthcare costs approaching $490 billion for the treatment of diabetes, alternative (patient-centered) lifestyle management approaches and cost-effective dietary interventions such as plant-based diets are a focus of increasing attention.
Recent research has revealed that 58% of type 2 diabetes (T2DM) cases can be prevented or delayed through lifestyle changes such as increased physical activity, healthy eating, and weight loss. Other large cohort studies have shown that the prevalence of T2DM is significantly lower amongst people following a range of plant-based diets and that those with greater adherence to plant-based foods, such as a low-fat vegan diet, experience the greatest benefit.
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How to Treat Diabetes
OK, so we know how to prevent diabetes, how do we treat it? Well there are lots of different drugs for diabetics that lower their blood sugars, but at the expense of increased risk of heart failure, heart attacks, and bone fractures. There has to be a better way.
Just like with heart disease, the same diet that prevents the disease in the first place can reverse the disease once you have it. You put 20 diabetics, for example, on even a near-vegetarian diet, and in 16 days, half don’t need even need their insulin any more, and those who do are on half the dose. And that’s after only about 2 weeks.
A randomized, controlled clinical trial put head-to-head the official American Diabetes Association diabetic diet versus a vegan diet. The ADA diet slowed the progression of disease, such that their diabetes was just a tiny bit worse at the end of the study period, but on the vegan diet, their diabetes actually got better. Significantly better. Just think how many lives a vegan diet could save, how many lives, eyes, kidneys, feet, and families.
Awareness and Perception of Plant-Based Diets for the Treatment and Management of Type 2 Diabetes in a Community Education Clinic: A Pilot Study
In a study reported in January, 2015, in the Journal of Nutrition and Metaboloism, Few respondents (9%) currently followed a plant-based diet, but 66% indicated willingness to follow one for 3 weeks. Family eating preferences and meal planning skills were common barriers to diet change. 72% of healthcare providers reported knowledge of plant-based diets for diabetes management but low levels of practice. Conclusions and Implications. Patient awareness of the benefits of a plant-based diet for the management of diabetes remains suboptimal and may be influenced by perception of diabetes educators and clinicians. Given the reported willingness to try (but low current use of) plant-based diets, educational interventions targeting patient and provider level knowledge are warranted.
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