Whether you were diagnosed with type 2 diabetes a week ago or 8 years ago like Jacquie, this life-altering day is almost impossible to forget. Your diagnosis day often marks the beginning of a daily routine of prescription medications or injections, and now there is growing evidence that the burden of diabetes may take a huge toll on your mental health over time as well.
If you’ve been told that type 2 diabetes is a progressive disease you’ll have for the rest of your life, and that your medication needs will only grow over time, you are not alone. Jacquie and many others surely have had this experience.
Living with diabetes can leave you feeling frustrated and hopeless, believing there is nothing you can do to improve your overall health. However, scientific research is showing that type 2 diabetes is a reversible condition when lifestyle change is the primary intervention.
After 8 years, Jacquie has finally been liberated from the frustration living with diabetes.
How did this happen?
After just a few days of eating a low fat, plant-based, whole-food diet, Jacquie experienced greater improvements in her health than she had from years of taking insulin injections and statin medication.
By eating more carbohydrate-rich foods in substitution for high-fat foods including meat and dairy, Jacquie’s fasting blood glucose dropped from 170 mg/dL to 121 mg/dL. Her insulin needs reduced, her blood pressure normalized, and she was able to discontinue her cholesterol medication entirely.
Watch the video above to learn more about how she made this possible in her life.
Eating a low-carbohydrate diet, restricting portions, and taking oral medications results in the progression of type 2 diabetes, which in turn leads to increasing medication needs and an increasing risk for diabetes complications.
If you’re ready to try a different approach, the world is your (plant-based) oyster. By adopting a low-fat, plant-based, whole-food diet, type 2 diabetes can be reversed entirely, leading to less medication, less stress, significantly more energy, improved blood glucose control, and a significantly increased quality of life.
Jacquie is a shining example of just how much power you have over your physical and mental health living with diabetes. She warns others, “Don’t give up. Don’t let anybody tell you that it is not going to work!”
Cyrus Khambatta, PhD earned a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University in 2003, then earned a PhD in Nutritional Biochemistry from the University of California at Berkeley in 2012. He is the co-founder of Mastering Diabetes and Amla Green, and is an internationally recognized nutrition and fitness coach who has been living with type 1 diabetes since 2002. He is the co-host of the annual Mastering Diabetes Online Summit, a featured speaker at the Plant-Based Nutrition and Healthcare Conference (PBNHC), the American College of Lifestyle Medicine Conference (ACLM), Plant Stock, the Torrance Memorial Medical Center, and has been featured on NPR, KQED, Forks Over Knives, Healthline, Fast Company, Diet Fiction, and the wildly popular podcasts Plant Proof and Nutrition Rounds. He is a co-author of the upcoming book Mastering Diabetes with Robby Barbaro, MPH.
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