Conquering Type 2 Diabetes with Carbohydrates


A low-fat vegan diet can prevent, reverse, and manage diabetes.

Carbohydrates do not cause type 2 diabetes. So, does dietary fat cause type 2 diabetes?

Dr. Neal Barnard explains how fat build-up in our cells can interfere with insulin function.

When there’s too much fat in our diets, fat buildup in our cells. Evidence shows that this cellular fat can actually interfere with ability of insulin to move glucose into our cells, leading to type 2 diabetes.

A new study found that consuming large amounts of animal protein increased diabetes risk. But by simply replacing animal protein with vegetable protein – including carbohydrates like potatoes and grains – reduced diabetes risk.
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A diet rich in carbohydrates can actually fight diabetes. A wide range of other studies looking at plant-based diets and diabetes have consistently shown similar results.
But you would not know that if you read the New York Times this weekend. On Sunday, the paper published an opinion piece urging Americans to ditch not only sugars, but wheat, rice, corn, potatoes—even fruit—to fight diabetes and obesity. The article also recommended replacing these foods with meat, eggs, and butter.
Advice like this is dangerous. Another recent study of more than 200,000 participants found that consuming large amounts of animal protein increased diabetes risk by 13 percent. But by simply replacing 5 percent of animal protein with vegetable protein—including carbohydrates like potatoes and grains—participants decreased diabetes risk by 23 percent.
Epidemiological studies tell a similar story. Traditionally, minimally processed and unprocessed carbohydrates, including rice and starchy vegetables, were the main staples in countries like Japan and China—and type 2 diabetes was rare. But as time went on, Western diets filled with meat, cheese, and highly processed foods replaced these traditional carbohydrate-based diets, and diabetes rates soared.

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