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Plant Based Diets Recognized by Diabetes Associations

Plant Based Diets Recognized by Diabetes Associations

“Plant-Based Diets Recognized
by Diabetes Associations” Dr. Kim Williams,
immediate past president of the American College of Cardiology, started out an editorial
on plant-based diets with the classic Schopenhauer quote that “All truth passes
through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as…”
like duh, of course. In 2013, plant-based diets for
diabetes were in the ridiculed stage in the official endocrinology
practice guidelines, placed in the “fad diets” section. They acknowledge strictly plant-based
diets have been shown to reduce the risk for type 2 diabetes and improve
management of diabetes better than the American Diabetes
Association recommendations, but then inexplicably go on
to say that the evidence “does not support the use of
one type of diet over another,” with respect to diabetes or in general. The best approach for
a healthy lifestyle is simply the “amelioration of unhealthy choices,” whatever the heck that means. But by 2015, the clinical
practice guidelines from the same professional
associations explicitly endorsed as their general recommendation
for diabetic patients: a plant-based diet. Times they are a-changin’. The American Diabetes Association
itself is also now on board, listing it as one of the
dietary patterns acceptable for the management of the condition, but the Canadian Diabetes Association
has really taken the lead. “Type 2 diabetes…is considered
one of the fastest growing diseases in Canada, representing
a serious public health concern;” so, they’re not messin’ around,
recommending plant-based diets for disease management
because of their potential to improve body weight
and blood sugar control, as well as heart disease risk,
in addition to reducing the need for diabetes medications. They use the Kaiser
Permanente definition: a regimen that encourages
whole, plant-based foods and discourages meats, dairy…, and eggs, as well as all
refined and processed junk. They recommend diabetes
education centers in Canada improve patients’ perceptions of
plant-based diets by developing educational materials and providing
individualized counseling sessions to address what barriers people
have to eating plant-based. The biggest barrier
identified was ignorance. Nearly 9 out of 10 patients interviewed
had never even heard of using a plant-based
diet to treat diabetes. Why is that? Maybe patient awareness
of the benefits are being “influenced by the perception of the
diabetes educators and clinicians.” See, most of the staff were aware, yet only about 1 in 3 were
currently recommending it. Why not? One of the common reasons given was that they didn’t think
their patients would do it, so they didn’t even bring it up. But “this notion is contrary to
the patient survey results” they cite in which most patients said they would be willing
to at least give it a try. The researchers cite the PCRM
Geico studies I did videos about, in which strictly plant-based
diets were well accepted with an over 95% adherence rate,
presumably because they just felt so much better—increased energy, better
digestion, better sleep, and satisfaction. A number of staff members also
expressed their second reason for not recommending this diet: not being clear about the
supportive scientific evidence. But it’s been shown to be more effective than an American Diabetes
Association-recommended diet at reducing the use
of diabetes medication, long-term blood sugar
control, and cholesterol. It’s therefore possible
that the diabetes educators were simply behind the times,
as there’s a lag-time in dissemination of new scientific findings
from the literature, to the clinician, and
finally to the patient. That’s one of the reasons
I started— to speed up the process! As Dr. Williams put it, the
evidence for the benefits of plant-based nutrition
continues to mount. This now includes lower rates of
stroke, hypertension, diabetes, obesity, heart attacks, and cardiac death,
as well as many non-cardiac issues that affect our patients in cardiology, ranging from cancer to a
variety of inflammatory conditions. The science we got. The bigger challenge is overcoming
the “inertia, culture, habit, and widespread marketing
of unhealthy foods.” He concludes: “Reading the
existing [scientific] literature and evaluating the impact
of plant-based nutrition, it clearly represents the single most
important yet underutilized opportunity to reverse the pending
obesity and diabetes-induced epidemic of disease and [death].”

81 comments on “Plant Based Diets Recognized by Diabetes Associations

  1. When I went to see my dietician for type II diabetes she talked only about how to read the sides of boxes to know ice cream bars have lots of sugar. She never said: Don't eat things that come out of boxes. I spent years doing research and did low carb for a long time. Then I had heart issues, and discovered Plant based eating. This has also helped by diabetese and I have significant weight lose.

  2. If carbs cause diabetes than why aren't people following a whole food plant based diet dying left and right from this disease?

  3. Sorry, plant based didn't work for me. I tried it for a year. Had to switch to kero/low carb. Run from anything tge ADA or any diabetes org recommend. They're donors are the business to make money off diabetics. Check the donor list of these orgs.

  4. 2 steps forward, 1 step back. ADA has also made low carb diets standard of care. Covered in the Virta Health Exposè

  5. Bear with me please… In a book written long time ago it is said: “I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food…"

  6. The PCRM Geico studies I mentioned were highlighted in these videos: Slimming the Gecko ( and Plant-Based Workplace Intervention (

  7. A video about Hypothyroidism and Hyperthyroidism would be great.
    Thanks Doc for all the awesome Work you and your Team do!!

  8. Two weeks ago, I think I transitioned into diabetes. My vision changed and I noticed some tingling in my pinkie toe. When I checked my blood (thanks to my grandmother's meter), I had a sugar well over 250. I immediately went plant-based (no oil, low fat) while I waited for an appointment with my primary care physician. Two weeks later, my sugar is stable, I feel amazing, and I can't see eating any other way. I know I'm not "cured" but I'm also in a much better place than I was just 15 days ago. Incredible what a plant-based diet can do.

  9. Showed this to my Dad, T2 diabetic, COPD, diverticulitis, and other ageing related diseases. Like many of the videos and information I show him he pretty much said 'wow that's really cool' and went away to eat a bacon/mayonnaise sandwich followed by a BOX of Krispy Kremes. This has happened for years, I've learned that no matter what they're told, some people just prefer eating what they want and being sick.

    You can't push someone up a ladder if they aren't willing to climb, for your own health and sanity, better to climb the ladder and have them follow. Look after yourselves peeps, eat a WFPB diet and others just might follow your example on their own.

  10. Me – "A plant based diet can cure T2D but Diabetes Canada still has dairy and processed meat on it's website as a healthy diet"

    Diabetes Canada – "But Jamie Oliver says…."

    Me – FML.

  11. Type 2 diabetes is caused by overeating and mixing sugar with animal fat. We can heal type 2 diabetes on high sugar and low fat diet and also on ketogenic high fat very low carb diet. I heal insulin resistance on 80% fat 15% protein and 5% carbs

  12. There was a study done on male pattern baldness that proved that those who do high intensity exercise 20mins a day, have almost zero male pattern baldness, while those who do only light aerobic exercise have increased rates of male pattern baldness. Athletes do look younger because they put their dna into a constant state of repair.

  13. Hey Dr. Greger… do you have literature links on how to do the transition for a t2dm person to a wfpb diet… in a controlled way… like what speed of transformation etc… and do you know of any md's in Germany who would support a patient… the standard doc here still believes it would kill the patient, with all the carbs… I bet that you have to up the intake of 'good' carbs and fiber gradually… any links would be very helpful

  14. Clean eating and no boxes (practically none) is a game changer! Thanks for sharing!

  15. From London UK, in the UK doctors are not trained in diet, nutrition. They are trained to prescribe. I dumped my doctor, 5 years ago when I was prediabetes. I went to doctor utube + Google. I discovered vegan + raw vegan. I have not looked back ever since.

  16. Plant-based diet is very vague term… Is it 95%, 80%, 55%… Which is it? Omnivorous general population ALREADY eats 70-80% plant based (processed to be exact!)… I think we need to come-up with a firm definition of ''what IS a plant-based diet, and what it's not''… In most cases it's not reffered as 100% plant-based (with supplements), but it usually contains some animal products. Unfortunately!

  17. Most doctors don't recommend pbd because they are either ignorant or don't want their 'customers' to become healed and, therefore, stop patronizing them.

  18. Unfortunately, in Canada our soon-to-be new Prime Minister Andrew Sheer has gone on public record saying he would like to reverse these positive changes (in an effort to curry favour with our powerful daily and cattle industries).

  19. Fan-frickn-tastic!! The “fad” is becoming mainstream fast now. These guidlines alone will help so many people IF they can give up dairy and meat, a big IF for folks like my Mom who has type 2 diabetes and is in her 90’s. Some people would rather shoot them selves up every day instead of changing their diets.

  20. death is really rampant with modern day diet, or any diet. 100% death rate so far 😉

    i know, they really meant "premature death".

  21. Type 1 Diabetic and whole food plant based for 4 years with astonishing improvements re 50% lower insulin needs, and typical improvements of weight loss into a normal range, normal cholesterol, no more pain from neuropathy, good energy levels = motivation to exercise, and more….. Vegan for life! Thanks to all the brave, pioneering, unapologetic plant based docs!!

  22. Patients wanting not to reduce animal products is one thing, but the mental gymanstics I've seen prominent doctors go through to try to dismiss plant-based diet is incredible.

  23. I get so many people ridiculing this to my face, it stopped being funny. Here's what I think: people are gonna listen to advice that conforms with their comfort zone, wherever that might be. If a person is currently addicted to cola and doughnuts, I can virtually guarantee that they will deny the applicability of the WFPBD in treating diabetes. People almost always do what they irrationally believe they must do, no matter what information they're given. People [edit: almost] always believe what they were programmed by mass media to believe.

  24. Hasn't hit canadian colleges yet, i am being told to eat bone broth, connective tissue and liver from my nutrition teacher… and that plants aren't a complete protien and vegan and vegetarians are all nutrient deficient.

  25. It looks like the PC’s are getting in this October. Their leader Scheer says they are bringing dairy back in to the Canadian food guide, especially milk. Scheer says chocolate milk save his kid’s life because he wouldn’t drink white milk and was at risk of bone disease from a dairy deficiency. He was at a dairy farmers convention at the time. It’s all about the money. Our new food guide is the only thing the Trudeau government got right!

  26. Medical students in most western countries receive 4-8 hours of nutritional education. Even if it was 48 hours, it would be too little. Diet is so important.

  27. I'm trying to get my diabetic mom and dad to eat a vegan whole food plant based diet but, they tell me they listen to their doctor who recommends, fish and white meat! Ugh

  28. I totally disagree with the conclusions here. Realty check to Vegans/Vegetarians. Homo Sapiens evolved eating animal products as the main source of our diet. Plants were a minor percentage of our food. There was little or no diabetes, cavities, heart disease, etc among these earlier populations. About 50 years ago a small cadre of people convinced us that meat 🥩 & the fat associated with eating animals was detrimental to our health. And look what has happened to us now! We are fatter, diabetes and it’s concomitant negative side affects are reaching epidemic proportions! Eating low carb or a Keto lifestyle seems to solve a lot of these issues!
    Let’s not keep our heads buried in the sand and look at facts!

  29. What of those of us diagnosed as being Hypoglycemics? What research is there for us per healthy eating and/or reversing this metabolic disorder; etc.? It is hardly discussed, just DM I & II is.

  30. Finally we are making strides in the right direction. I am really surprised it has taken out society so long to recognize the benefits of plant based diets. Absolute insanity

  31. I would like to see the terminology change to “whole plant diets” (WPD) rather than “vegan” or the lengthier “whole food, plant-based diet”.

    I feel like WPD is just more concise, while the vague “vegan” label does not relate to healthiness.

    I have seen a “whole food, plant-based” muffin recipe. Now…tell me…how could a muffin be a whole food? It could contain some whole foods (many very-unhealthy ones already do). But much of what goes into a muffin is not a whole food, even if everything is plant-based. In looking at the commentary, it is clear the author is confusing WFPB with “vegan”.

    I am very excited about WPD. Getting as much of my food into me, in the form of whole plant food, is a low-key daily goal. 😀

  32. Night doesn't disappeared off the Earth's face unless it rotates about its own axis. Great to see how corporate houses and media houses keep us in the dark.

  33. Seven months on a plant based diet eating tons of fruit and starches lowered my A1C from 6.3 to 5.7, ldl from 155 to 75 , BP from 138/80 to 116/60 . Stopped my pancreatic cancer from growing or spreading for the first time in six years. Reversed my ED and shortness of breath during exercise. Oh and I've lost 45 lbs ! Take that all you meat eaters…

  34. At this point I can't imagine eating dairy and meat. The beans, potatoes and rice are too satisfying.

  35. Great video! Thank God!! My doctor is still in the dark ages. Anyone got a better one in Philadelphia?…

  36. On April first of this year, I weighed 296 pounds. It's August 3rd, I weight 239. I'm getting there. It makes a difference.

  37. Plant based diet is Best for Herbivores. Therefore we are Herbivores (even though some of us HATE it, that's the Truth). It's not an emotional issue, it's a scientific Fact.

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