Type 2 diabetes can be prevented, and studies have also shown that some symptoms may be reversed and blood sugar levels normalised using diet and physical activity.31
Research has shown that these two weapons can be more effective in combating type 2 diabetes than even the best medication.31
Indeed, while medications can be helpful in limiting the damage caused by continuously high blood-sugar levels, they do not represent a cure and come with their own range of potential side effects.32
Rather than relying on a special diabetic diet,33 an effective way to prevent and manage diabetes is simply making healthy eating choices—the same kind of eating that is recommended for everyone.
Decades of research have clearly shown that diets low in fat, high in fibre, and high in unrefined carbohydrates, not only reduces the risk of developing diabetes but may also reverse some of the symptoms in people already diagnosed.31,33,34
In an impressive study conducted Dr Neal Barnard, type 2 diabetic patients were put on either a low-fat, plant-based diet, or a diet recommended by the American Diabetes Association.
Both groups of patients saw improvements in their blood sugar level control, but those on the lower fat diet had the best results.
The plant-based diet had no cholesterol, was very low in fat, and contained almost no saturated fats or trans fats. The diet was also high in fibre, high in anti-oxidants, and low in kilojoule density.
Of these patients, 43% no longer required medication.35.