The American College of Lifestyle Medicine (ACLM) has recommended a new online coaching program that encourages a whole-foods, plant-based diet to reverse and combat diabetes.
Called “Mastering Diabetes to its Lifestyle Medicine Corporate Roundtable”, the program is “a group of individuals and organizations whose collective vision is sustainable human health, a sustainable healthcare system and a sustainable world,” according to a press release.
“At Mastering Diabetes, our goal is to educate and empower millions of people living with all forms of diabetes around the world about the power of low-fat, plant-based, whole-food nutrition by reversing insulin resistance and maximizing insulin sensitivity,” co-founder Cyrus Khambatta, Ph.D., commented in the press release. “By partnering with the ACLM, we strive to reach more people and be a leader in the world of evidence-based diabetes nutrition.”
Founded last year by Cyrus Khambatta, Ph.D., and Robby Barbaro, who both suffer from type-1 diabetes, the online community was designed to support diabetics. It offers personalized advice and mentoring for patients diagnosed with type-1 diabetes, type-1.5 diabetes, pre-diabetes, and type-2 diabetes. It claims that by adopting a low-fat, whole foods, and a plant-based diet, thousands of patients have reversed insulin resistance, lost weight, experienced increased energy levels, and cut diabetes complications.
“Mastering Diabetes provides coaching for those with both diabetes and pre-diabetes using an effective food-as-medicine approach,” added ACLM President George Guthrie, MD, MPH, FACLM. “The program can be of great benefit for motivated patients and clinicians who desire personalized support for managing or reversing diabetes. We are pleased to welcome them into our Corporate Roundtable.”
Vegan Diet in Disease Prevention, Treatment, and Reversal
Diabetes isn’t the only chronic disease that a plant-based diet has been recommended for. Recent research conducted in China linked a fiber-rich, plant-based diet with reduced symptoms of depression. Further, the program NEWSTART Lifestyle works to eliminate high blood pressure by prescribing patients a vegetable-rich plant-based diet in conjunction with moderate exercise. The program was developed by a team of researchers, but primarily by M. Alfredo Mejia, the associate professor at the Department of Public Health, Nutrition & Wellness at Andrews University in Michigan.