Type 2 Diabetes and the Vegan Diet

Approximately 1.4 million Americans are diagnosed with diabetes every year. Type 2 diabetes is the most common version of the diagnosis. In 2012, out of the 29.1 million who were reported to have diabetes, only 1.25 million of them had Type 1. For those affected by the disease, blood glucose is too high and the rest of the body’s cells cannot absorb it. Two results can occur subsequently: the other cells are starved for energy and the eyes, kidneys, nerves, and heart can start to hurt. There’s also a matter of insulin resistance, in which high levels of fat in the blood can make the body unable to respond properly to the drug. Insulin is the most widely used drug for diabetes treatment, and Type 2 is the most common form of diabetes which is difficult to treat with it. According to drugs.com, there are about 159 different drugs used to treat Type 2 Diabetes. Looking at these facts, one would have a hard time believing in an alternative.

But there has to be one, given the presence of several studies whose results suggest that one of the culprits of the disease is meat-consumption, one which specifically narrows the problem down to processed meat (hot dogs, hamburgers, bacon, etc.) for men and poultry for women. Some of these studies featured patterns of variability: some participants were smokers, pre-diagnosed with the disease, and their cases were sometimes followed up earlier than in others. One area remains consistent in most of these studies: “Meat is an important source of total and saturated fat and could increase the risk of type 2 diabetes through overweight/obesity, the metabolic syndrome and hyperinsulinaemia and hyperglycaemia”. These important dietary messages are buried in nutrition-jargon, lost and obscured by mainstream media due to their scientifically cryptic nature and – perhaps – due to the media’s influence by certain food industries.

It’s time we make the message clear.

A study reported in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition put one group of individuals on a low-fat plant-based diet and another on a diet recommended by the American Diabetes Association (circa 2003), which was variant upon body weight and plasma lipid concentrations, and contained some animal products. The former group experienced better weight loss as well as a drop in cholesterol count, amongst a number of other benefits.

For the group who had the low-fat plant-based diet, there was an improvement in glycaemia and plasma lipid 
control. Is the problem really simply solved by the introduction of a plant-based diet into one’s life? Science seems to say so.

Anyone interested in reversing the effects of diabetes with a raw vegan diet should view the documentary Simply Raw: Reversing Diabetes in 30 Days (which you can view on YouTube for free). In the film, six persons diagnosed with Type 1 or 2 diabetes are put on a raw vegan diet to reverse the effects without pharmaceutical intervention. The rest of the story, as they say, is history – or in this case maybe, miraculous. In a world where the American Diabetes Association says that there are no cures for the disease, nutritional, plant-based miracles are just what the doctor ordered.


1 “Statistics About Diabetes.” Diabetes.org. American Diabetes Association. Web Published May 18, 2015. Web Accessed June 28, 2017.
2 “Facts About Type 2.” Diabetes.org. American Diabetes Association. Web Published August 1, 2013. Web Accessed June 28, 2017.
The InterAct Consortium. “Association between dietary meat consumption and incident type 2 diabetes: the EPIC-InterAct study.” Diabetologia, volume 56, issue 1. Springer Nature. Published January 2013. Pp 47-59.
4 Aune, D., Ursin, G. & Veierød, M.B. “Meat consumption and the risk of type 2 diabetes: a systematic review and meta-analysis of cohort studies.” Diabetologia, volume 52, issue 11. Springer Nature. Published November 2009. Pp 2277–2287.

By Erik Abdullah, Summer 2017 Ramapo College Intern to Karen Ranzi, M.A.

2 Responses so far.

  1. Dr. Julian Whitaker, MD as well as others have routinely cured diabetes for years with fasting and then a simple, vegetarian plant base diet combined with exercise. His method was featured on ABC TV years ado. But that apparently was largely ignored by the medical establishment, though some doctors now recommend dietary changes

    I personally have known people who have cured their diabetes by using simple changes to their diets and exercise. Ignorance of the many health benefits and tastiness of a plant food diet is largely to blame. If more people were aware of how good a plant based diet and exercise can make them feel, they would not even bother with meat.

    Thank you, Karen Ranzi for all your work in promoting a healthy lifestyle. I am sending your info to others for possible interviews. We really need to make others more aware of the dangers of blindly allowing so many mind altering food additives.

    Anyone can see Dr. Barbara Reed Stott’s FoodAndBehavior.com for further info on the relationship between poor diet and crime. As a former chief probation officer, her nutrition and exercise based correctional method gave a 433% improvement in recidivism, or people returning to crime. That dropped from about 65% to a low 15%, a terrific improvement by making a few simple changes to her probationers’ diets. which had previously been mainly junk food.

    Dr. Stitt had national media publicity on her correctional and preventive method in the 1970’s and 1980’s. She was on the “Today” show and the first two Richard Simmons shows. But old punitive correctional methods and paradigms die hard.

    We need everyone’s help to make others aware of the true health facts. We are rapidly approaching a very real financial crisis in the U.S. due to people’s malnourishment. Dr. Robert Lustig, professor at Univ. Cal. San Francisco stated Medicare will be broke by 2026 due to chronic easily preventable diseases.

    • karen says:
      Thank you Stephen Nicolaides for your comments about our current health crisis and the urgency to educate the public on dietary and lifestyle changes. At a time when diabetes types 1 and 2 are an epidemic, autism in my state of New Jersey is 1 in 49 children, cancer is 1 in 2 men and 1 in 3 women, obesity has more than doubled since the 1970s, and heart disease is the leading cause of death, we need to step up and get this important health information out there as quickly as possible.


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