Can Diabetes Be Reversed? Yeah!
12 Jun 2017
In 2012, I was pleasantly surprised to know that diabetes could be reversed to a very large degree in the vast majority of cases! This article contains pointers that I came across.
Dr Michael Greger

Dr Michael Greger has written an excellent book: How Not to Die (576 pages, 2015) which gets rave reviews at Amazon. He also makes delightful YouTube videos that summarize medical research on specific subjects. His on-stage mannerisms are rather funny, which makes his videos charming :)

Multiple Studies Showing REVERSAL of Type II Diabetes Through Diet

(7 mins, Aug 2014) If you have time to watch only one video, watch this one!

The above talk is actually a 7-minute snippet from a longer 54-minute talk: From Table to Able: Combating Disabling Diseases with Food (Aug 2014). This talk is funny and fascinating!

Reversing Diabetes with Food

A 4-minute talk from March 2016.

Diabetes and the Dangers of Low Carb Diets

(8 mins, 2014).

Dr Neal Barnard

Dr Neal Barnard has shown that type 2 diabetes can be reversed by plant based diet. In 2006, he published results of a clinical trial: A Low-Fat Vegan Diet Improves Glycemic Control and Cardiovascular Risk Factors in a Randomized Clinical Trial in Individuals With Type 2 Diabetes, Diabetes Care, Vol 29, No 8, pages 1777-1783, Aug 2006. In this study, Neal Barnard's plant based diet was shown to be superior to the diet recommended by the American Diatetic Association in alleviating type 2 diabetes (see Targeting Diabetes article).


  1. (Book) Dr. Neal Barnard's Program for Reversing Diabetes gets rave reviews on Amazon. He has written several other books: see List of Books by Neal Barnard (Amazon).
  2. (PDF) The Vegan Diet How-To Guide for Diabetes
  3. 21-Day Vegan Meal Plan — Great resource for those looking for recipes to get started.

A New Nutritional Approach to Type 2 Diabetes

An informative, 45-minute talk from VegMed 2016.

Tackling Diabetes with a Bold New Dietary Approach

A funny, informative, 18-minute TEDx Fremont talk from 2012.

Dr Gabriel Cousens

"Simply Raw" (90 mins, 2009)

Gabriel Cousens runs the Tree of Life Rejuvenation Center in Arizona, USA, where he has been treating type 2 diabetes for several decades now. In order to spread the word, his center created a documentary called (DVD) Simply Raw: Reversing Diabetes in 30 Days (92 minutes, 2009). Six patients with diabetes were tracked for 30 days as they lived at the Tree of Life Center. They followed Cousens' diet guidelines and daily exercise routines. Within days, all patients improved dramatically. All of them continued with their lifestyle changes beyond these 30 days.

An MP3 Interview contains snippets of Gabriel Cousens 21-day program. He has also written a book There Is a Cure for Diabetes (472 pages, 2008). Some Amazon reviewers suggest that Cousens' book lacks details and is more of an ad for his Tree of Life Center. They recommend reading Neal Barnard's book on diabetes instead.

Gabriel Cousens stands out from other doctors who advocate plant based diets in some respects. First, he is highly spiritual — his biography mentions that he is a physician, homeopath, family therapist, ayurvedic practitioner, chinese herbalist, Kundalini teacher, Jewish rabbi, shaman and Kabbalah student. He also studied at the Shaolin Temple in China. Wow! Second, Gabriel Cousens advocates far more raw food than others. Third, his writings tend to emphasize his personal experiences with treating patients instead of medical studies. He has written articles like Peace through a Sattvik Diet and Perspectives on Dairy where he explains why he advocates avoidance of dairy in the modern world even though it is advocated by ancient sattvik food guidelines.

More info: Tree of Life Rejuvenation CenterInterview.

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