A month back I had posted my Lipid profile & my blood sugar levels. Links below:
Today , I tested my HBA1c level...This is the first time that my HBA1C level has come down below 6...
During last 10 years , I must have tried out several dietary changes including LCHF diet...which did very little to my Health , in fact it got only worsened....
Finally, it appears to me that Low Fat Whole Plant Based Food (LFWPBF) came to my rescue....it can neither be called a Vegetarian Diet nor a Vegan Diet..A vegetarian can take milk , cheese and egg sometimes, but not meat, fish.... A Vegan is a vegetarian who does not consume milk & Dairy. But Both Vegetarian and Vegan may be able to consume all kind of processed food such as Veg burger, Veg Pizza, Bread sandwich, noddles, white polished rice, all vegetable oil/ Fat Nuts, ....and so on...
As the name indicates LFWPBF is a whole plant based food...please refer( Green/ Yellow/ Red) food list as per Cyrus Khambatta's book - mastering diabetes. Link below.
So the LFWPBF is one with :
# Zero oil/ Zero Animal Fat
# Zero processed food
# Zero Meat/ Fish/ Egg
# Zero Dairy products ( Dairy contains both animal fat and protein )
What motivated me to adopt this food ? When I found it is helping me, I started doing more research, visited Facebook page of mastering diabetes...where a lot of practitioners are posting their results with LFWPBF where I got links of different other authors who have done a lot of similar research work on the subject...though there may be little variation among different author...
My take from all the researchers/authors is that Diabetes in order to bring their blood sugar in to control , they tend to eat more Fat or Protein from meat, dairy, eggs.. Excessive fat not only clogs the Insulin receptors in muscle cells worsening the insulin resistance. Excessive fat also worsens the lipid profile which are risk factors for Cardio vascular/ Heart.
Similarly, high Animal protein diet creates a lot of nitrogenous waste which needs to be cleared by kidney ...so kidney is under pressure. According to these researchers high Animal protein also worsens insulin resistance.
Therefore, Diabetes in general land up in a vicious circle of Insulin Resistance in spite of blood sugar control in the short term. The long term complications of Insulin Resistance Heart /CV risk, Atherosclerosis, Kidney failure, Neuro pathy, Retinopathy and many others.
LFWPBF helps all kind of diabetes irrespective of his Diabetic status in enhancing insulin sensitivity. If someone is having C-Peptide level more than 1.5...overweight / obese then what I find the success rate is extremely high with sustainable weight loss ..
LFWPBF is a Diet which naturally lowers BP, Normalizes Lipid profile, Kidney function, Lowers hsCRP (inflammation) without any statin or BP medicines. If your heart, kidney and overall body functions normally, your diabetes comes under control. Diabetes rarely check hsCRP which is a biomarker for heart disease and high hsCRP could lead to damage our Body organs gradually. (My hsCRP went up to more than 3 when i was on LCHF and now that i practice LFWPF, it is so low that the lab can not measure. it says it is less than 0.1). My BP never exceeds 110/70 and I take no drugs for BP or cholesterol...
However for people with low C-peptide level/ insulin levels (but not taking Insulin) one needs to be cautious while choosing from the green light food list (choose the ones with low glycemic index and watch portion size to prevent spike). Even type 1' s are getting benefitted by reducing exogenous insulin by half as I could see among the practitioners in facebook page of mastering diabetes . It seems a magic...but as per the author it is not...Ultra low fat diet enhance insulin sensitivity to such an extent that one reduces the insulin doses as per the author Cyrus khambatta. Type 1's initially need to be under guidance. Mastering diabetes runs various programs to suit everyone- one is a paid program, the other is a DIY and there is also a (free ) facebook mastering diabetes program where members post their queries and other members guide or Cyrus and team give free guidance. While going through the facebook page of ( free) mastering diabetes, I find most type 1"s are having CGM/Dexcom/Libra. So they are able to monitor their conditions better and members post their results and raise their query or tell their success stories. Most of the T1's are able to reduce their Insulin units by 50%.
Please Watch the video of Dr Michael Greger ( last but one ) .
Are you a Type 2 Diabete with excessive insulin or you are Insulin deficient? Why does Diabetes makes some one to gain weight and some others to lose weight???? This is very important. You must know what type diabetes you have... Watch the last video in the series of videos that I am going to attach with this post.
Why LFWPBF is considered healthy ? Why this Diet is helping not only diabetes to reverse insulin resistance, but even to reverse Cancer and several other diseases. It normalizes Lipid profile and Blood pressure and lessens load on kidney. LFWPBF has all the macro nutrients & micro nutrients to achieve overall health. Along with LFWPBF, physical exercise post meal, moderate amount of Intermediate fasting say 14-16 hours - evening to morning can do wonders to your all round health. Yoga & Meditation helps further,
Listen to these researchers on the subject - hear from the horse's mouth- watch the video's towards the end of this post.
(1) Cyrus Khambatta & Robby Barbaro, MD. PH.D , Author of the NY times best seller book "mastering diabetes" . Both of the authors living with Type 1 since childhood.
You may please read all the blog's written by the authors ....
(2) Dr Caldwell Esselstyn is a physician - Cardiology well known for his book " Reverse & Prevent Heart Disease' by food & Nutrition. He has his own clinic to treat his patient only by Food Nutrition. His work was advocated by the then USA president Bill Clinton..He is very strict about his principles of eating..He is well known for reversing & preventing Heart Disease. In case anybody questions him , he always gives his exemplary research work on Lifestyle and food habits of Tarahumara Indians living in Northern Mexico who don't have a single heart disease Link given below..
Needless to say that Heart risk is the single most diabetic complication....it silently damages the arteries...and at times it becomes too late for us to understand that our Arteries are getting inflamed & damaged...
(3) Dr Joel Fuhrman , MD, Board certified physician is also a celebrity Doctor , 6 times Nytimes best seller Author is well known for his Nutritarian diet G-BOMBS ( Greens , Beans , Onion , mushroom , Berries & Seeds). He emphasizes on "Nutrient Dense & Calories Sparse" Diet.
(4) Professor T. Colin Campbell, MD, PH.D the Author of the NY times best seller book "The China study" published in 50 foreign languages. It is based upon 20 years research work on Rural Chinese life style and eating habits organized jointly by Cornell University, the University of Oxford, and the government of China.
There is also a documentary on the China study ...video link attached.
(5) John Mc Dougall, MD.
(6) Neal Barnard , MD
(7) Dr Michael Greger
Disclaimer : The above post is only for General information and education purpose. It can not be a substitute for medical advice from a specialist. Health conditions may vary from person to Person . Please consult your Doctor before you make any changes in any medication, diet, lifestyle .