WASHINGTONA diagnosis of type 2 diabetes is often a grim precursor to heart disease, kidney disease, stroke, nervous system damage, and other life-threatening complications. But nutrition researcher and author Neal Barnard, M.D., says it doesnt have to be that way.
In a free lecture at 7 p.m., Thursday, June 21, at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Rockford, 1601 Parkview Ave., Dr. Barnard will share findings from his latest research. Dr. Barnard will show that a low-fat vegan diet can help many patients cut their blood sugars, improve their insulin sensitivity, and reduce, if not eliminate, their medications. The diet also lowers cholesterol and high blood pressure, helps with weight loss, and improves energy.
More than 20 million U.S. citizens have type 2 diabetes; about 200 million people worldwide suffer from it. In a recent article in The Lancet, doctors from the Harvard School of Public Health calculated the global death toll from high blood sugar is a problem comparable to smoking and high cholesterol.
Dr. Barnards unique nutritional approach to treating diabetes is outlined in his new book, Dr. Neal Barnards Program for Reversing Diabetes. The book is based on years of clinical research the author conducted with George Washington University and the University of Toronto.
Dr. Barnards latest study, funded by the National Institutes of Health, was recently published in Diabetes Care. The research shows a low-fat vegan diet is more effective at treating diabetes than the standard American Diabetes Association diet or oral medications. Although this may seem counterintuitive, says Dr. Barnard, our study participants found the vegan diet easier to stick with than the standardor American Diabetes Associationdiet. Thats because no one has to cut calories, watch portion sizes, or limit carbohydrates.
Neal Barnard, M.D., is a nutrition researcher and adjunct associate professor of medicine at George Washington University School of Medicine in Washington, D.C. He is also the president of the not-for-profit Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine and the author of many previous books about diet and health, including Foods that Fight Pain and Breaking the Food Seduction. You can read more about his work at www.NealBarnard.org.
Admission is free and reservations unnecessary. Call (815) 395-0600 with any questions.
from the June 20-26, 2007, issue