How Does a Low-Fat Plant-Based Diet Affect Diabetes? | Mastering Diabetes | Dr. Neal Barnard

For starters, “Sugar does not cause diabetes”. That’s according to Dr. Neal Barnard. But it’s a universal recommendation from nutrition experts to cut back big time on added sugar that you get from prepared and processed foods. Yes, your cakes, sweet rolls, ice cream, soft drinks. You name it. Please resist them and help this world fight the epidemics of obesity and heart disease.

And when you do drastically cut back on them and instead devour on fruits, that’s absolutely no problem. The type of sugar you get from whole foods is what your body needs.

If you’re living with type 2 diabetes or any type of diabetes, your best diet would be something that improves insulin sensitivity. A diet filled with fiber, low on the glycemic index, low on high-fat foods. A diet that doesn’t restrict carbohydrates. Because carbohydrates are not the enemy. The bad guy in your story is that excess dietary fat that leads to insulin resistance.

Now, how does eating a diet high in fatty foods leads to insulin resistance?

Well, you’re about to find out about that and more in this video:

– The biological mechanisms that enable a low-fat vegan diet to fight insulin resistance
– Fat intake recommendations for people with diabetes
– Fat intake recommendations for other diseases (like hypertension, high cholesterol, Alzheimer’s disease)
– How beta cells perform on a plant-based diet
– Eating nuts the healthy way

Neal Barnard, MD, FACC, is an adjunct professor of medicine at the George Washington University School of Medicine in Washington, D.C. and President of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine.

Dr. Barnard has led numerous research studies investigating the effects of diet on diabetes, body weight, and chronic pain, including a groundbreaking study of dietary interventions in type 2 diabetes, funded by the National Institutes of Health, that paved the way for viewing type 2 diabetes as a potentially reversible condition for many patients. Dr. Barnard has authored more than 100 scientific publications and 20 books for medical and lay readers, and is the editor in chief of the Nutrition Guide for Clinicians, a textbook made available to all U.S. medical students. (Bio from


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