Medical trials begin to see if a whole-food plant-based diet can reverse type 2 diabetes
Following recent systematic reviews published in the BMJ showing the effectiveness of plant-based diets in the management of type 2 diabetes, trials are underway at the National Institute for Diabetes and Endocrinology in Slovakia to see if plant-based diets can completely reverse the symptoms of type 2 diabetes.
Researchers at the Institute have spent years already looking at interactions of chemicals found in food and the effect they have on the body. The Institute states ‘over a short period of time typically 12-20 weeks the consistent repeating of the process removes tiny lipid particles from the body and reverses type 2 diabetes. This is without any additional medical intervention and consistently reducing your current medication until you stop taking it completely.’
Interestingly the diet does not emphasize calorie restriction but instead promotes a whole-food plant-based diet. An additional pilot study is about to begin this year at Imperial College London.