What is the relation between diabetes and weight gain? Of weight gain and the plant-based diet? We have some information you should consider, and you might be surprised.
For a moment, imagine you are a person who was recently diagnosed with diabetes.
You're told that your weight has a significant effect on your condition. Your doctor then prescribes you the newest diabetes medication.
But this new medication has a side-effect on your body's natural fat burning "switch". It turns the switch off.
Thanks to your new medication, your body is now free to drive food into your cells with insulin. This causes more weight gain.
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This is very discouraging and confusing for patients. Yet it is a reality in our current healthcare system.
Studies performed by the United Kingdom Prospective Diabetes Study Group & the Journal of American Medical Association and several others showed that standard and aggressive drug management actually causes more weight gain and hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) with little to no improvement on health outcomes.
He says that the current goal of diabetes drug management is to lower blood glucose numbers above all else.
This includes a potential increase in mortality rate, increased body weight, and dangerously low blood sugar.
Dr. McDougal published research showing that in as little as seven days on a plant-based diet, 1,600 people lost an average of three pounds, lowered cholesterol by 22 mg/dL, and lowered their blood pressure.
But the best part?
90% of participants were able to reduce or stop taking medication.
Yes, you read that right. The McDougall plan outperforms standard drug management by matching or exceeding all benefits while eradicating all associated risk factors.
Where should you start if you are ready to make some changes and take control of your condition? Do a little research to find a certified diabetes educator near you.
But in the meantime, take author Michael Pollan's seven words of wisdom to heart: "Eat food, not too much, mostly plants."