Medical News: National Institute Integrates Plant-Based Diet to Treat Type 2 Diabetes
A new eating plan – the Natural Food Interaction Diet – is having a profound effect on type 2 diabetes as a large clinical trial is underway at the National Institute of Diabetes and Endocrinology in Slovakia.
An acclaimed European diabetes researcher at the National Institute of Diabetes and Endocrinology (NEDU) in Slovakia, Dr. Emil Martinka is leading a new study that tests the effects of a specific plant-based approach to eating called the Natural Food Interaction (NFI) diet.
The diet has reportedly produced weight loss in all study subjects with one showing a 1.5 kg reduction in visceral fat in less than a week. In addition to reductions in blood pressure, Plant Based News were also informed of dramatic improvements in blood sugar control (with one patient showing a 4.5 mmol/L drop in blood sugar in 4 days).
According to founders David Hickman and Zuzana Plevova, initial pilot study results were so impressive that, when presented to Dr. Martinka, he jumped at the opportunity to conduct a larger study on 100 people, which started two weeks ago, to assess the effects of the new diet on type 2 diabetics.
“I am really excited that the NFI diet was introduced and started at NEDU. I am convinced that it will bring a lot of benefits to our patients. We are continuing to recruit patients at the moment and are looking forward to reaching the 100 patient target trial in the coming weeks” Dr. Martinka told Plant Based News.
Zuzana Pevlova [left] with newly recruited study subjects.
What Is the NFI Diet?
The Natural Food Interaction diet is a whole food, plant-based approach that goes one step further, says Plevova, by creating a personalized diet plan based on mixing and matching different plant foods in combinations that are said to provide powerful physiological effects. “We have looked at the interactions of specific foods that help the body attack the lipid saturation, or accumulation of fat found in the cells of people with diabetes.”
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“The diet was designed to be personalized based on a variety of characteristics that different people have.”
According to Founder David Hickman, up to 15 million different eating plans can be constructed to custom-make a tailored plan to target the specific needs of each individual.
Over 8 diabetic patients have already started the diet.
They say that they are also in talks with the National Health Service in the UK as well as healthcare providers in Germany about conducting further clinical trials.
This article was reprinted with permission from Plant Based News.
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