Everyone remembers the old oatmeal commercials with Wilford Brimley. You know – the ones where he describes how eating oat bran can help with the management of diabetes.
While it may not seem like a very groundbreaking commercial, back in 1987, Quaker’s campaign represented something very revolutionary in the field of food marketing – encouraging people to focus on the health benefits of a food, rather than the flavor!
Although they were definitely on to something – oats and other whole grains have been shown to stabilize blood sugar and substantially lower Type 2 diabetes risk – they certainly weren’t the first to acknowledge how diet can be used in the treatment of diabetes.
In 1977, an entire decade before, my father Rev. George Malkmus was way ahead of the game, actively changing the way that people thought about food and the role it played in preserving their health.
Today, spreading my father’s message is more important than ever because the Standard American Diet is so high in calories and loaded with processed foods, animal fats, and sugars, that the average person’s insulin levels are way too high to support health.
According to the International Diabetes Federation, as of 2012, more than 371 million people worldwide are living with diabetes. That year alone, 471 billion dollars was spent on health treatments, and, despite all of the money spent, in 2012, 4.8 million people died as a result of the disease.
It breaks mine and Ann’s hearts to know that so many are suffering when the solution seems so clear.
When people think of diabetes, many naturally regard sugar as the main culprit.
While sugar intake has certainly been linked to the development of diabetes, Dr. Neal Barnard, founding president of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) and professor of medicine at George Washington University, suggests another antagonist.
In an interview with bestselling author and vegan diet proponent Kathy Freston, Dr. Barnard proposes that, “The problem is fat.”
“In the same way that chewing gum in a lock makes it hard to open your front door, fat particles [from beef, chicken, fish, cooking oils, dairy products, etc.] interfere with insulin’s efforts to open the cell to glucose.
The answer, Barnard suggests, “is to avoid these fatty foods. People who avoid all animal products obviously get no animal fat at all, they appear to have much less fat build-up inside their cells, and their risk of diabetes is extremely low.”
In a 2003 study funded by the National Institutes of Health, Dr. Barnard reported “both a low-fat vegan diet and a diet based on American Diabetes Association guidelines improved glycemic and lipid control in type 2 diabetic patients,” but “these improvements were greater with a low-fat, vegan diet.”
These studies may be new, but they echo the message that my father has been teaching for so many years!
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