Cautionary words on the impact of diabetes

As reported in BBC Health News Online on 25th April 2012, 80% of the money the NHS spends on treating diabetes is wasted. The horrifying 9.8 billion annual budget is largely being used in treating the complications associated with diabetes, such as neuropathy, retinopathy, kidney failure and other serious consequences of insulin resistance. Left unchecked, this figure is likely to double as Britain gets fatter, and could even threaten to bankrupt the NHS within 25 years.

The charity Diabetes UK state that this money could be saved via better education, more regular health checks, and teaching people what to eat to avoid type 2 diabetes in the first place. At last, a medical charity that is talking some sense, unlike my recent opinion of the British Heart Foundation (see blog entry of 16th March 2012).

How painfully slowly this information seems to be catching on though. It is always very sad for me to hear that some people still believe that it is inevitable that they will succumb to type 2 diabetes as they age, because that is what happened to their parents. However, bad genes, as we know, can be suppressed indefinitely by good dietary choices. We know that adult onset diabetes primarily occurs as a result of poor dietary and lifestyle choices, leading to insulin resistance, and all this can be totally prevented, without even having to go to the “extremes” of a raw food diet. Having said this, type 2 diabetes seems to be most rapidly reversed by adopting a low glycaemic, living foods vegan diet. At the Hippocrates Institute in Florida, and at Tree of Life in Arizona, people are reversing this condition is as little as 3 weeks. So successful is this program that Dr Gabriel Cousens has brought it to Israel, for Europeans unable to travel to the USA.

As I understand it however, the people most successful in helping their clients and groups reverse diabetes in 30 days on raw food, were the ones who were banned from taking part in the publicity generated in 2010 for World Diabetes Day. From the messages I received from those involved in the “Raw for 30 Days” campaign, there was less interest in reversing it completely, than using pharmaceutical preparations to treat it on an ongoing basis. After all, where is the profit in prevention? Maybe the raw food diet is viewed as too extreme for many, but why not allow it to be publicised anyway, so that people can choose from all the options available? If the main alternative is the very real risk of blindness, limb amputation, dialysis and injecting yourself with foreign extracts of a pig’s pancreas for the rest of your life, some people might well want to know exactly how they can “eat themselves healthy”.

Considering Type 1 diabetes, we know from studies, as quoted in my CD and MP3 “The Real Truth about Food”, available via that juvenile (Type1) diabetes is 36 times more common in Finland, where there is a high consumption of pasteurised dairy products, than Japan, where the consumption of pasteurised dairy products is much lower. We know that type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune condition in which the beta cells of the pancreas (those that produce insulin) become destroyed by the body turning against its own tissues. Could the answer be as simple as elimination of pasteurised cow dairy (one of the most allergenic “foods” we civilised humans have produced) to prevent this horribly distressing condition, which shortens the life expectancy of the unfortunate child, or young adult, by approximately 15 years? I have no idea, but put the suggestion out there nonetheless. Epidemiological studies seem to indicate that this would be a very good place to start if we really want to lower the risk. What is your view?

About Max Tuck

Hippocrates Health Educator. Long term living foods vegan. Athlete, lecturer, author of four books (with the 5th coming soon) and firm advocate of healthy living.
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2 Responses to Cautionary words on the impact of diabetes

  1. Pingback: Cautionary words on the impact of diabetes | The Raw Food Scientist - Learn How To Reverse Diabetes

  2. ann says:

    Another great post, Max! We have the exact same problem here in the US, obviously. And I don’t get it – I talk with diabetics all the time, and recommend spending time at Living Foods Institute or Hippocrates, or even simply removing dairy products from their diet – why wouldn’t anyone at least *try* it? And why wouldn’t everyone want to publicize a whole food, plant based diet? Because there’s no money in wellness, only in being sick.

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