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  2. Nov 14, 2018

World Diabetes Day: Dr. Neal Barnard’s Program for Reversing Diabetes Helps Lives Move Forward

In 2015, 30.3 million Americans (9.4 percent of the population) had diabetes, and in 2017, the disease cost the country $327 billion.

Fortunately, research shows that this doesn’t have to be the case. A plant-based diet is powerful for preventing, managing, and sometimes even reversing type 2 diabetes. We’ve tested the approach in our clinical research studies and have seen dramatic health improvements, including weight loss, improvements in insulin sensitivity, improvements in diabetic neuropathy, and more! In 2006, Neal Barnard, M.D., wrote about these results in Dr. Neal Barnard’s Program for Reversing Diabetes.

The book has been saving lives ever since! Last spring, our staff met Stanley Cheung at a health expo and gave him a free copy of the book. A few months later, he came to one of our local events and told us how the book had changed his life! Six weeks into following the guidelines, Stan’s hemoglobin A1C (a commonly used index of long-term blood glucose control) dropped from 6.7 down to 6.0. Three months in, his A1C number plummeted to 5.6. A level of 5.7 indicates the beginning of pre-diabetes. Stan credits the book for this welcome change in his health!

And today, on World Diabetes Day, we’re happy to hear from even more of the people whose lives have been touched:

“I've gone from 2000mg of Metformin/day to now only 500mg/day, and I'm still in progress. Thank you!” - Lisa Vallon Criswell

“Also the results were undeniable. My wife's numbers that had been out of control for so long were finally predictable and coming down to what was recommended by her doctor - who gave her the book. Side effect, I dropped 6 pants sizes too.” – Alan Kennedy

“Wonderful book! It changed my life. I am an endocrinologist and the title of the book is the only one included in the after-visit summary for each patient with diabetes at their initial visit and PRN afterwards. I actually have this book on the counter in each exam room. Thank you for writing it!” - Cristina Gherghe

“Did it. It worked. Thanks.” - Donna Opthoff

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