Dr. Neal Barnard's Program for Reversing Diabetes: The Scientifically Proven System for Reversing Diabetes Without Drugs by Dr. Neal Barnard is an excellent primer on the causes of diabetes and strategies to control the condition. Dr. Barnard notes that diabetes has been rare in places like China and Japan.
The author's research suggests that Type I Diabetes could be reduced by avoiding early childhood exposure to cow's milk. In addition, fatty foods and refined sugar are dietary taboos. Excess fat is bad because it interferes with how muscles function.
According to the author, the best strategy is to avoid animal products, reduce the consumption of vegetable oils and reduce the glycemic index (GI) with more healthful food choices.
The GI ranks foods on how the level of blood glucose is impacted. This index measures the increments in blood glucose within two or more hours subsequent to consuming food.
The GI is most sensitive to foods high in carbohydrates. Foods high in protein or fat don't cause the blood glucose to increase to a level that would concern physicians as much.
Eliminating animal fat makes the blood less viscous and more watery. As a result, blood flow is easier and sediment decreases. In addition, fat cells interfere with insulin action. For instance, the author shows how beef has 37 fat calories; whereas, beans have four fat calories.
There are better dietary choices for children. The book cites examples like
oatmeal, cantaloupe, and whole grains with no grease. Eggs may be replaced with egg powder, tofu, or mashed banana. Cooking spray may be used in place of poured oil. Greens and beans have large amounts of natural calcium. Plain water is preferred over sugary soda with upwards of 30 grams of sugar in a single can.
The author presents many sample recipes. In addition, there is an extensive set of references from authoritative citations like the Journal of the American Dietetic Association, Clinical Therapeutics, Preventive Medicine Pediatrics and The European Journal of Clinical Nutrition.
Dr. Barnard's book is excellent for implementing dietary changes to reverse the course of diabetes.