Plant based-diet helps him to control his diabetes

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If you are suffering from diabetes, remember that it is not the end of the world. You just need to have a controlled lifestyle and you would be able to live a healthy life.  Eight years ago Eric O’Grey was sent by his doctor home with a heavy heart since he was given an ultimatum.  The doctor said that he won’t last long if he won’t make a change.

But Eric wasn’t ready to accept this fate. Instead, he decided to make a change. Having heard about Bill Clinton’s health transformation after adopting a plant-based diet, he decided to give it a try himself. Working with his doctor, he created a plan: Cut out animal products, highly processed, and high-fat foods, but eat as many fruits, vegetables, grains, and beans as he wanted. There was no carb counting or calorie watching.

The change in lifestyle wasn’t easy and he was into yoyo diet for years.  One day, he said to himself that this is the time to change and to follow a strict diet.  He enjoyed foods like spicy rice and bean dishes, sweet potato lasagna, and tofu paella. His energy was up, and the pounds began to fall off almost instantly.

For many doctors, this is not new since they have been dealing with many patients suffering from type 2 diabetes. Eric joined a clinical study about the effects of plant-based diet to a diabetics.  This means that that he would need to limit the intake of carbohydrates while counting calories in his diet.

So how does it work? Studies show that eating a diet high in fatty foods—like bacon, sausage, or cheese—can cause small fat particles to build up inside our muscle cells. These fat particles interfere with insulin’s ability to do its job and move glucose—or sugar—out from our bloodstream and into our cells. This is a condition called insulin resistance. Instead of powering our cells, the glucose remains in our bloodstream, eventually leading to type 2 diabetes. A plant-based diet, on the other hand, is naturally low in fat, which helps reduce the fat in our cells, restoring insulin function.

Unlike medications, a plant-based diet doesn’t just mask symptoms of diabetes, but it powerfully addresses the problems that led to the disease in the first place. Plus, all the “side effects” of a diet change are good: Weight falls, cholesterol drops, blood pressure improves, and energy goes up.

Other major studies have confirmed these results. The Adventist Health Study-2, a large-scale study of 96,000 people, found that those eating a plant-based diet had roughly half the risk for developing diabetes as those eating animal products, even when adjusting for differences in body weight, physical activity, and other factors.

The science is so strong and the results so powerful that a plant-based diet has now become a widely accepted treatment plan for type 2 diabetes. The American Diabetes Association’s 2018 Standards of Medical Care in Diabetes endorses a plant-based diet and encourages clinicians to always include education on lifestyle management. Kaiser Permanente, the largest managed care organization in the U.S., encourages all physicians to consider recommending a plant-based diet to their patients. Plant-based diets have also been embraced by the American Medical Association, the American College of Cardiology, and the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.