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Reverse Diabetes Book Spurs Successes Across the Country

Neal Barnard, M.D.A 61-year-old retired psychologist’s physician is thrilled with her progress. A 60-year-old woman in Texas lost 75 pounds. A 65-year-old Ft. Myers, Fla., resident watched his blood glucose levels drop in just one month. These are just a few of the testimonials PCRM has received from readers of Dr. Neal Barnard’s Program for Reversing Diabetes.

For the past four months, Dr. Barnard has been crisscrossing the United States speaking about his program for reversing the effects of diabetes, and amazing success stories from enthusiastic people have been rolling in after each visit. Readers of the book and attendees of the lectures began trying out the program’s diet suggestions and have inundated PCRM with calls and e-mails about how the diet has changed their lives.

  • Doug Crandall, who has struggled with diabetes since 1997, overheard Dr. Barnard doing a prelecture interview about the book in a Florida bookstore, and he decided to attend the lecture later that evening. After following Dr. Barnard’s dietary recommendations of a low-fat, low-glycemic vegan diet for one month, Crandall lost 11 pounds and his A1c levels (a commonly used index of long-term blood glucose control) dropped from 7.3 to 6.7. Crandall says he has never felt better, and he is now happy to serve vegan breakfasts to his guests at his bed and breakfast in upstate New York.
  • In June 2006, retired psychologist Anne Herndon’s A1c level was 6.3. Her physician gave her three months to bring that number down with diet and exercise, so Herndon adopted the dietary recommendations of the American Diabetes Association. Although she lost some weight, three months later her A1c was still 6.3. Given one more chance, Herndon switched to a vegan diet with the support of her nutritionist. After two and a half months, her A1c dropped to 5.8. Herndon now reports that she is “thrilled with what’s in the refrigerator.”
  • Soon after Doris Thuem’s father passed away from diabetes complications about two years ago, Thuem’s kidneys started to cause her problems. By this point she had been struggling with diabetes for about eight years. Her doctors found protein in her urine—a sign of developing kidney failure. Thuem was given the option of undergoing dialysis, but she knew the side effects of the procedure would be too risky, and maybe even deadly. Thuem knew that she needed to do something to regain her health. She wanted to live long enough to see her two grandchildren grow up.

    Thuem started a low-fat vegan diet in 2005 and has seen a major improvement in her condition. Since 2005, Thuem has lost 75 pounds, she’s eliminated two out of three high blood pressure medicines, and her A1c has dropped from close to 7 to 5.4. Thuem began her life changes before Dr. Barnard’s research had been completed, but now that his study about the benefits of a low-fat vegan diet has been published in Diabetes Care, Thuem is happy that her family and friends can see that the diet is scientifically proven.

To find out more about Dr. Neal Barnard’s Program for Reversing Diabetes, visit, where you will find diabetes resources, nutrition information, a weekly diabetes webcast, and an online support group.


PCRM Online, May 2007

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