People reversing their diabetes, multiple sclerosis and other illnesses with vegan diets. Do you buy it?!
Diabetes, absolutely. In early stages, Diabetes mellitus type 2 is completely reversible with lifestyle changes. This includes exercise, of course.
Edit: The disease may not be "cured", but with proper diet and exercise I have seen first hand many diabetics eliminate the need for medications, "reversing" their Diabetes mellitus type 2. If they slip up and start to eat poorly again, the need for medications will come back. They will still have the diabetes, but can "reverse" their need for medications and insulin. There is ample evidence of this online and in medical journals.
There is no guarantee of this, but it is absolutely possible. Speak to your doctor for specific questions and concerns.
No I don't.
I'm vegan, and I'm very concerned about the uncritical way that many vegans just accept and regurgitate these stories.
Diabetes is not reversible. Type one diabetes is an autoimmune disease whereby the body inexplicably attacks itself; it's controlled by insulin, though self help through diet is important too.
Type 2 diabetes is controlled through diet and exercise. That diet need not be vegan. I'm type 2 diabetic, and it barely impinges on my life - if I didn't have to go for regular check ups, I'd forget I had it, because controlling it through diet has become second nature to me.
Please note that I'd been vegan for 14 years when I was diagnosed with diabetes.
And of course multiple sclerosis is not reversible - I've never (till now) heard anyone claim it can be reversed through diet.
The people glibly saying 'Yes' don't, I notice, provide any evidence. And please, not the 'these people reversed their diabetes on a 30 day raw vegan diet' video. That is simply an example of diabetes being brought under control by diet.
It's potentially dangerous - even potentially endangering lives - to claim that lifelong, life-threatening or chronic conditions can be reversed by a vegan diet.Nobody - really, NOBODY - wishes it was true more than I do. But it isn't.
Edit @Melissa - accidentally gave you a thumbs down; didn't mean to.
Diabetes, both type 1 and 2, are progressive metabolic disorders that cannot be cured or reversed. Multiple sclerosis cannot be cured either.
It's just amazing how cow milk is strongly associated with a number of health ailments from heart disease to diabetes.
Several research studies link dairy consumption to both type 1 and 2 diabetes.
Lack of Immune Responsiveness to Bovine Serum Albumin in Insulin-Dependent Diabetes
Milk products appear insulinotropic as judged from 3-fold to 6-fold higher insulinemic indexes than expected from the corresponding glycemic indexes. The presence of organic acids may counteract the insulinotropic effect of milk in mixed meals.
Cow's milk diabetes evidence mounts
More research suggests that certain children may be vulnerable to diabetes later in life after exposure to cow's milk while very young.
Relationship between cows' milk consumption and incidence of IDDM in childhood.
Avoiding milk is associated with a reduced risk of insulin resistance and the metabolic syndrome: findings from the British Women's Heart and Health Study.
Women who never drank milk had lower homeostasis model assessment insulin resistance (HOMA) scores, triglyceride concentrations and body mass indices, and higher high-density lipoprotein (HDL)-cholesterol concentrations, than those who drank milk. The age-adjusted odds ratio for the metabolic syndrome comparing non-milk drinkers with drinkers was 0.55 (0.33, 0.94), which did not attenuate with adjustment for potential confounders. Diabetes was less common in non-milk drinkers.
CONCLUSION: Individuals who do not drink milk may be protected against insulin resistance and the metabolic syndrome. However, randomized controlled trials are required to establish whether milk avoidance is causally associated with these outcomes.
New Clue to Milk and Diabetes Link?Study Shows Protein in Cow's Milk Infant Formula May Raise Risk of Later Diabetes
Enhanced levels of cow's milk antibodies in infancy in children who develop type 1 diabetes later in childhood.
Milk Protein Linked to Autism, Schizophrenia, Diabetes and Heart Disease
Correlation between milk and dairy product consumption and multiple sclerosis prevalence: a worldwide study.
Association between milk and dairy product consumption and multiple sclerosis
There's nothing to "buy".
It's been known for decades that vegetarians and vegans have lower incidence of diabetes and obesity and heart disease.
That's because a plant-based diet is healthier than one heavy in meat and dairy.
But you can still eat crap on any diet.
Nope. Not at all.
You can't "reverse" certain illnesses.
Like- my uncle's been a diabetic for most of his life, and he tried vegetarianism. Nope. Didn't work.
So basically- being a vegan CAN make you healthier in certain aspects, but it can't "cure" you.
Healthy and balanced vegan diets,yes.
Not random ones.
Well sure, it works.