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Book Title: The Reverse Diabetes Diet: Control Your Blood Sugar, Repair Insulin Function And Minimise Your Medication Within Weeks|
The author of the book: Neal D. Barnard
Edition: Rodale Books
Date of issue: April 1st 2007
ISBN 13: 9781405099943
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This vegan, low oil, "low glycemic index" diet will undoubtedly, if adopted, constitute a great improvement for many diabetic patients, both types 1 and 2. These individuals will lower their blood sugars, reduce their medication and lose weight, as indeed was the case with the patients referred to in the book.
However, I do not subscribe to Dr. Barnard's allowance of sugar, nor his recommendation to eat generous amounts of fruit, no matter how much he claims these fruits have a low GI. Sugar is sugar, and fruit sugar is just as harmful to a diabetic as sugar cubes. My own type 1 diabetes was provoked by my eating too many bananas (although admittedly I had a preliminary history of undiagnosed hypoglycemia.) Bananas are permitted in this diet, but having become ill by consuming these, I have no faith in being able to cure myself by continuing to eat them (1 banana = 7 teaspoons of sugar). He even finds dried fruits acceptable.
Moreover he has no objection to processed foods/instant soups found in packets or tins, that are generally filled with deleterious additives, sugar, white flour, etc. etc. (he recommends baked beans, but even the organic tinned baked beans I found in my local supermarket contain 13.8% sugar.) Nor has he any objection to the use of non-stick pans or microwave ovens, that are known to be dangerous. In fact he recommends their use.
He bans fish (owing to its high fat content), though it is generally accepted that fish are to be recommended, as they contain beneficial oils. On the whole, he does not distinguish between healthy and unhealthy oils, and does not seem to realize that we need omega 3-containing oils such as flaxseed oil.
He states that by foilowing his diet we will exclude all cholesterol, this being found only in animal foods. But according to Joel Wallach in his book "Dead doctors don't lie" a certain amount of cholesterol is necessary, since one can die from too little as well as too much cholesterol. I wouldn't know, not being an expert. I certainly believe that the consumption of eggs does not raise one's cholesterol level unless they are fried in unhealthy fats/oils.
Under any circumstances, I'm not sure that the author's extreme low-fat diet is in any way necessary for type 1 diabetics, since he explains that his diet was put together on the basis of research indicating that type 2 diabetics have an excess of fat inside their muscle cells that interferes with insulin's intracellular signalling process, resulting in insulin resistance. Therefore they are helped by a low-fat diet. But type 1 diabetics do not suffer from insulin resistance but from a faulty pancreas that has difficulty in producing insulin, so why should they exclude beneficial oils?
Dr. Barnard's tenet that the addition to the diet of a standard multi-vitamin including B12 will provede "complete nutrition" is ludicrous. Though he does in a later ultra-short chapter provide an absolutely minimal list of recommended supplements.
To sum up, this book will absolutely be helpful for those type 2 diabetics who are prepared to commit to following the diet, but since he admits it will not cure type 1 diabetics I would rather follow Cass Ingram's diet as described in his book "Natural cures for diabetes". And I feel that avoiding healthy oils to the extent prescribed by Dr. Barnard could be harmful in the long run.
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Read information about the authorNeal D. Barnard, M.D., is a nutrition researcher, author, and health advocate. As an adjunct associate professor of medicine at the George Washington University School of Medicine, Dr. Barnard conducts studies on the role of nutrition in diabetes, obesity, and lipid management, among other health issues. His most recent clinical trial, funded by the National Institutes of Health, established the value of a novel dietary program for type 2 diabetes and set a new standard for dietary approaches to this increasingly common condition.
Dr. Barnard’s articles have appeared in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, the American Journal of Medicine, the Journal of the American Dietetic Association, Scientific American, the American Journal of Cardiology, Obstetrics & Gynecology, Lancet Oncology, Preventive Medicine, and many other scientific and medical journals. Dr. Barnard is the editor-in-chief of the Nutrition Guide for Clinicians and the author of more than a dozen books for lay audiences.
In 1985, Dr. Barnard established the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, a nonprofit organization advocating for preventive medicine and higher ethical standards in research. He later established The Cancer Project, a nonprofit organization providing nutritional services for cancer patients and survivors and public education geared toward prevention, and the Washington Center for Clinical Research, an organization dedicated to studies of diet and health.
Growing up in Fargo, N.D., his extended family includes both doctors and cattle ranchers, two groups that are increasingly butting heads over America’s health policies. Dr. Barnard’s scientific approach aims to shed new light on these important issues.