A clip from The China Study, by Dr T.Colin Campbell:
“…Almost seventy years ago, H.P Himsworth compiled all the existing research in a report comparing diets and diabetes rates in six countries. What he found was that some cultures were consuming high-fat diets, while others had diets high in carbohydrates.
These fat vs. carbohydrate consumption patterns were the result of animal vs. plant food consumption.
As carbohydrate intake goes up and fat intake goes down, the number of deaths from diabetes plummets from 20.4 to 2.9 per 100,000 people. The verdict? A high-carbohydrate, low-fat diet—a plant-based diet—may help to prevent diabetes.
Thirty years later, the question was reexamined. After examining four countries from Southeast Asia and South America, researchers again found that high-carbohydrate diets were linked to low rates of diabetes. Researchers noted that the country with the highest rate of diabetes, Uruguay, had a diet that was “typically ‘Western’ in character, being high in calories, animal protein, [total] fat and animal fat.” Countries with low rates of diabetes used a diet that was “relatively lower in protein (particularly animal protein), fat and animal fat. A high proportion of calories is derived from carbohydrates, particularly from rice.”
These same researchers enlarged their study to eleven countries through Central and South America and Asia. The strongest association they found with diabetes was excess weight.7 Populations eating the most “Western” type of diet also had the highest cholesterol levels, which in turn was strongly associated with the rate of diabetes.7 Is this starting to sound familiar?
Here’s a summary, taken from a report from the Centers for Disease Control2:
• 2-4 times the risk of death from heart disease.
• 2-4 times the risk of stroke.
High Blood Pressure
• Over 70% of people with diabetes have high blood pressure.
• Diabetes is the leading cause of blindness in adults.
• Diabetes is the leading cause of end-stage kidney disease.
• Over 100,000 diabetics underwent dialysis or kidney transplantation in 1999.
Nervous System Disease
• 60% to 70% of diabetics suffer mild to severe nervous system damage.
• Over 60% of all lower limb amputations occur with diabetics.
• Increased frequency and severity of gum disease that can lead to tooth loss.
Increased Susceptibility to Other Illnesses
Modern drugs and surgery offer no cure for diabetics. At best, current drugs allow diabetics to maintain a reasonably functional lifestyle, but these drugs will never treat the cause of the disease. As a consequence, diabetics face a lifetime of drugs and medications, making diabetes an enormously costly disease. The economic toll of diabetes in the U.S.: over $130 billion a year.2
But there is hope. In fact, there is much more than hope. The food we eat has enormous influence over this disease. The right diet not only prevents but also treats diabetes. What, then, is the “right” diet? You can probably guess what I’m going to say, but let the research speak for itself.”
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