According to the CDC, over 37 million people have diabetes, 90 – 95% of whom suffer from type 2 diabetes. And approximately 96 million American adults have prediabetes. The primary medical response to this has almost always been to medicate.
There is great news for those with type 2 diabetes and prediabetes. All individuals with prediabetes and type 2 diabetes should be aware of the recent release of the Expert Consensus Statement from the American College of Lifestyle Medicine on dietary interventions to treat type diabetes in adults with a goal of remission. Though the publication is directed to clinicians, the purpose is for physicians to recommend lifestyle and dietary changes to their patients.
In the past, diet has been used as an adjunctive therapy. This publication is the first to focus on diet as a primary means of achieving “lasting remission” of diabetes, meaning without medications or procedures.
Their conclusion from the panel of 15 experts is that “diet as a primary intervention can achieve remission in many adults with type 2 diabetes”. Furthermore, “diet as a primary intervention was considered most effective when emphasizing whole plant-based foods including whole grains, vegetables, legumes, fruits, nuts and seeds.”
For individuals with prediabetes or diabetes, the message is empowering. An individualized diet plan and medical nutrition therapy can help patients modify their diets and lifestyle to normalize blood sugars.
AACE President Dr. Felice Caldarella states “The consensus statements produced by this panel of experts are invaluable in bringing awareness to the value of diet for diabetes remission.”
Once again, we see that food can be powerful medicine.
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