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Book Summary Video Interviews with Dr. Neal Barnard, M.D. on his book “Program for Reversing Diabetes” for HealthBootcamps.
Neal Barnard, MD, FACC, is an Adjunct Associate Professor of Medicine at the George Washington University School of Medicine in Washington, DC, and President of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine.
Dr. Barnard has led numerous research studies investigating the effects of diet on diabetes, body weight, and chronic pain, including a groundbreaking study of dietary interventions in type 2 diabetes, funded by the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Barnard has authored more than 80 scientific publications and 20 books for medical and lay readers.
As president of the Physicians Committee, Dr. Barnard leads programs advocating for preventive medicine, good nutrition, and higher ethical standards in research. He has hosted four PBS television programs on nutrition and health, and is the editor in chief of the Nutrition Guide for Clinicians, a textbook made available to all U.S. medical students. His research contributed to the acceptance of plant-based diets in the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. In 2015, he was named a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology. In 2016, he founded the Barnard Medical Center in Washington, DC, as a model for making nutrition a routine part of all medical care.
Originally from Fargo, North Dakota, Dr. Barnard received his M.D. degree at the George Washington University School of Medicine and completed his residency at the same institution. He practiced at St. Vincent’s Hospital in New York before returning to Washington to found the Physicians Committee.
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[00:01] REENA JADHAV: Hi everyone it Reena Jadhav here with Dr. Neal Barnard and we are answering the question which is raise in chapter 3 of his book, what is the revolution in type 1 diabetes, will diet help type 1 if you have already been diagnosed? Dr. Neal what’s the verdict on that one?
[00:18] DR. NEAL BARNARD: Yeah, this is the most amazing thing, type 1 diabetes means that the insulin producing cells of the pancreas are gone, they are not there anymore, so the person who has type 1 diabetes for the rest of their life they need a source of insulin that means injections, you can change your diet as much as you want you still going to need some insulin injections. So should you change your diet? Absolutely, here is why- if a person has type 1 diabetes, it’s not the high blood sugar that’s going to kill you, what’s going to happen for most people what’s going to happen is the damage to the blood vessels, the blood vessels to the heart, to the eyes, to the kidneys, to the extremities, the blood vessels are attacked by the diabetes process so I don’t want any cholesterol in my diet, I don’t want any animal fat in my diet, I want to protect those blood vessels. So if a person follows a healthy plant based diet, a vegan diet, keeps the oils low, the arteries are really protected so that heart attack hopefully is not going to happen, this is the way of making the complication that occur. The other thing that it does, it tend to reduce insulin doses and I’m never sure why this happens but if a person might need you name it a certain number of units of insulin, before the change of diet they need a lot less of units once they follow a healthy diet. So the answer is are you still follow the same diet as for type 2 for type 1 you are still going to need some insulin but you’ll need less and the complications are less likely to happen.
[01:52] REENA JADHAV: That’s very… very encouraging and can someone follow a diet to prevent type 1, so can the same diet actually help in prevention?
[01:59] DR. NEAL BARNARD: We don’t know for sure but we think so and here is why, when you look into a blood of a person who is newly diagnosed with type 1 diabetes you will find something in the blood those are antibodies. Antibodies are proteins, little protein molecules that are like little torpedoes that are trying to destroy viruses or destroy bacteria but in this case were antibodies have destroyed the insulin producing cells in the pancreas. Where did they come from? Antibodies are usually structured by some protein that you ingested what could that be? It could be a virus, but there is a lot of evidence that it could be cow’s products so our advice is that, babies need milk they need moms milk, mother’s milk human breast milk and human babies should not be exposed to milk from a cow or any other animal. And there is a lot of evidence that our kids are breast fed, their risk of getting type 1 diabetes goes way… way down. So step one in preventing type 1 diabetes is to breast feed kids from day one and to not expose them to the antigens which are stored in cow’s milk that’s probably the most important thing. Step two is more testing of this; I think that’s probably the most important strategy for prevention.
[03:16] REENA JADHAV: That’s great, alright in our next video we going to talk about the next set of chapters in Dr. Neal Barnard’s book starting with the powerful menu and the foods that you can eat to heal from diabetes. We’ll see you on the next one!
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