PCRM’s DVD: A New Approach to Nutrition for Diabetes
I recently watched a DVD from Physician’s Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM): A New Approach to Nutrition for Diabetes. I would suggest recommending it to anyone you know who has type II diabetes and is eating a mainstream diabetes diet.
The DVD is based on a clinical study PCRM did in which they had good success in treating people with type II diabetes. The thrust of the DVD is that people with type II diabetes can stop counting carbohydrates and calories while at the same time becoming healthier by eating a primarily whole foods vegan diet.
I was happy to see that they strongly emphasized the need to take vitamin B12 if you are on a vegan diet.
I have two suggestions for the DVD.
First, I think they should recommend eating some nuts, at least an ounce a day. Nuts have been shown to have positive effects for type II diabetes, as well as for heart disease and weight loss which are two big concerns for most people with type II.
Second, they recommend avoiding foods with a high glycemic index, but I wish they had made a distinction between glycemic index (how fast a food causes your blood sugar to rise) and glycemic load (how much sugar is absorbed into your blood). In some cases, such as with a carrot, a healthy food without much sugar can have a high glycemic index but a low glycemic load (more info on that here).
But these are minor points in what is overall a very good DVD that could be of great benefit to people with type II diabetes.