Many modern chronic diseases are the result of poor dietary choices. The problem is that in order to know one is making such choices, one also must be aware of the consequences of their actions.  In this article I will discuss the latest research on plant-centered nutrition-based healing that I have poured over and how it relates to reducing or reversing type II diabetes.

You are what you absorb.

Not everything that we eat is utilized by our bodies.  Nutrients, fats and other components of food may not be absorbed by our gut, meaning that we may not realize their benefits.  But what we do utilize plays a large roll in our health, disease outcomes and even our genes.

The scientific field of study called epigenetics looks in to the relationship of what we expose ourselves to (food, beverage, environment, stress) and how it effects the expression of our genes.  Many of those choices can effect our future and those of subsequent generations.  Among them, food plays a major roll in our gene expression, health and ultimately what diseases we do and do not suffer from.

Lifestyle choices effect health outcomes.

Diabetes is one of the major chronic and debilitating diseases confronting millions of Americans, and at younger and younger ages.  The symptom chart below illustrates some of the symptoms that sufferers of diabetes may experience.  Blurred vision, central nervous system and urinary problems are common for those afflicted with type II diabetes.

Diabetes diagramThe scientific and medical communities have long established that a relationship exists between alcohol, sweets and pancreatic inflammation, but recent research by Harvard shows that animal products also have similar effects on catalyzing type II diabetes.

Conversely, several recent studies have shown that plant-based diets can help to reduce or even reverse type II diabetes.  In some cases patients have completely rid themselves of the disease through lifestyle changes alone.  These are encouraging developments for the over 26 million Americans suffering from diabetes, where traditional approaches treated the symptoms of the disease rather than attempting to treat the cause.

Give plants a chance.

The underlying theme that many of the studies on plant-centered nutrition-based healing share is one of focusing on eating more wholesome meals while simultaneously eliminating the intake of animal products, processed foods, sugars, alcohol, as well as reducing fat intake.  Indeed, such dietary changes can lower mortality rates for diabetes, as well as reduce the progression of the disease — and in some remarkable cases even reverse the disease, curing it.

Based on this information, I am inclined to believe that Western medicine’s approach to mitigating the effects of diabetes, rather than focusing on treating the cause, is not effective without focusing first on dietary changes.  Indeed, one’s health is largely determined by what we put in to our bodies, and what our bodies are able to absorb, utilize as healthy or harmful components from our diet.

Ask yourself these important questions.

Each meal presents us with a choice.  Do we gain or reduce health from what we are consuming?  Do we strive to improve ourselves or simply eat to achieve satiation?  We can endeavor to let our food heal or hurt us.  The choice is entirely ours and ours alone.