Slovakian researchers believe a plant-based diet can reverse the symptoms of type-2 diabetes.
The NFI (Natural Food Interaction) Diet is currently undergoing clinical trials at the National Institute for Diabetes and Endocrinology in Slovakia.
Researchers examined thousands of food groups and examined how certain combinations can promote a faster metabolism. The diet has a particular focus on targeting lipids that cover insulin receptors – the main cause of insulin resistance – through combining certain foods.
“The diet was developed over a few years, looking at the interactions of chemicals within food and what effect they have on the body,” David Hickman, one of the co-founders of the NFI Diet, told LIVEKINDLY in an email. “From this, a diet was designed which when followed by patients placed them into remission. This is all types of Type-2 diabetics and with varying stages of the disease.”
The diet does not emphasize calorie restriction but promotes eating whole, plant-based foods like beans, legumes, fruits, and vegetables. A breakfast example shows Weetabix with chia seeds and the choice of soy or almond for vegan milk. For dinner, recommendations include quinoa with dark leafy greens, vegetables, and pine nuts.
“Over a short period of time typically 12-20 weeks, the consistent repeating of the process removes the tiny lipid particles from the body and reverses type-2 diabetes,” states the website. “This is without any additional medical intervention and consistently reducing your current medication until you stop taking it completely.”
Late last year, the organization presented Professor Martinka of the National Institute for Diabetes in Slovakia with the results of diabetic patients who were treated with the NFI Diet. He agreed to begin a clinical trial of 100 qualifying patients this month. “Currently patients are still following the diet and we will be publishing updates as the trial progresses,” said Hickman.
There are many sources of inspiration for whole foods, plant-based meals, such as blogger Hannah Howlet – aka High Carb Hannah, who lost 70 pounds by following a similar diet. Her recipes include red lentil chili, roasted bean salad, and Asian style quinoa.
Can a Vegan Diet Reverse Diabetes?
A recent research review conducted at the University of London showed that a plant-based diet can improve physical and mental symptoms in type-2 diabetes patients. Last February, the Physician’s Committee for Responsible Medicine, an organization of more than 12,000 physicians, released a study showing how a whole food, plant-based diet can be used to treat type-2 diabetes patients.
The clinical trial of the NFI Diet is currently underway. An additional pilot study is set to begin at the Imperial College London this year.
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