Diabetes and Insulin; the New Baseball and Apple Pie of America

Image of a shot of insulin going into a piece of apple pie, there is a baseball propping the needle up.

With the current epidemic of 40% of adults living in the US having diabetes or pre-diabetes, diabetes and insulin have become household words; almost as common and all-American as baseball and apple pie.

Obesity.  Diabetes.  Metabolic Syndrome.  Insulin resistance.  Blaah.  Blaah.  Blaah.  Yawn.

Ten percent of those with diabetes have type I or juvenile diabetes.  It’s an auto-immune disease where the body attacks and destroys its own islet cells that produce insulin.  Most often it appears in childhood and the child is totally dependent upon insulin 24/7 for the rest of his or her life.

The remaining ninety percent have type II or adult onset diabetes.  (Some call it insulin resistant diabetes.)  The pancreas makes insulin, but due to layers of excess fat surrounding the cells, they become insulin resistant, thus resulting in high blood sugar.

Diabetes, whether it is type I or type II, is a nasty disease that eventually produces life threatening complications such as heart disease, heart failure, blindness, kidney disease, circulatory problems and amputations; not to mention daily micromanagement of blood sugars, and astronomical costs of diabetic supplies, insulin, doctor and hospital bills, and high insurance premiums as a result of the disease.  On top of all that, with the best of care and self-management, one can still feel miserable when blood sugars fluctuate. 

The type I diabetics can utilize less insulin, stop hypoglycemic events and protect their future health with a nutritarian diet.  However, almost everyone with type II diabetes can get completely rid of it through embracing Dr. Fuhrman’s diet-style.  Dr. Fuhrman’s results in this arena are remarkable.  Imagine if the majority of type II diabetics took the challenge to get totally well.  That translates into almost 90% of those with diabetes; resulting in nearly 40% of the adult US population completely free from a life of diabetes and diabetes related complications!

Ask any kid who lives day-in-and-day-out with type I diabetes if he or she would consider committing to the nutritarian way of eating in exchange for the privilege of getting completely rid of diabetes for the rest of his/her life.  Hands down every child and teen would gladly embrace the opportunity.

As a nation, let’s all get healthy and eradicate type II diabetes from our vocabulary.  May diabetes no longer be an all-American, household word for generations to come!

Drugs for diabetes can perpetuate type II diabetes, and often cause more weight gain and worse disease outcomes.  Let’s get real and expose this nasty disease called diabetes.  Do you know someone suffering from it?  Without revealing the person’s identity, how has it affected his or her life?  If they knew for sure they could get rid of it, with excellent nutrition and daily exercise, would they?


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Elijah - September 28, 2009 10:10 AM

You would think that they would kick it in the butt if they knew how but sometimes I meet people who are so addicted to their food they convince themselves a way to not be able to do it. Very sad.

To some, food addiction is more powerful than heroin and they will do whatever it takes to keep it that way, sabotaging their health and success just to keep the addiction happy.

Emily Boller - September 28, 2009 2:46 PM

I've heard diabetes described by a child with insulin dependent diabetes as the imagined feeling of being captured in a net and shipped off to a foreign land of captivity and slavery. In one day the carefree and happy life of the child was stolen.

The disease is 24/7 micro management of every morsel of food and every movement of activity and stress. No days off for birthdays, holidays or vacations . . . and that is minus the myriad of life-threatening complications that eventually develop.

For those who are addicted to high fat, processed foods and sweets, there IS hope for you!

It seems like an impossible mountain to climb out of the deep and dark abyss of obesity and food addiction, but it can be done! You can be free from developing type II diabetes. It can be completely eradicated from YOUR vocabulary and life.

You can be free from medications and insulin, test strips, meters, insulin pumps, not feeling well, and the many expenses of the disease.

Give the precious gift of freedom from food addiction to yourself. Give the indescribable gift of optimal health, free from medications, to yourself.

Health is a precious gift and you CAN have it. You are so important to your family and those around you. Don't accept anything less. You CAN be in control of your health destiny.

Go for it! Bust through the lies and contend for freedom from diabetes! You will never regret it. Ever.

Cindy - September 29, 2009 3:39 PM

Hi Emily,
Reading your posts always encourages me. Thank you! One topic I would like you to address is how your family has responded to your personal changes. I'll look forward in hope of a future post.

essie - September 29, 2009 4:40 PM

Dear Dr. Fuhrman,

Have you considered sending samples of your vegan Healthy Additions foods to Veg News magazine? They spotlight their daily deliveries of vegan products on their blog here: http://thisjustinvegnews.blogspot.com/

Would be a great way to introduce a large vegan audience to your stuff. :)

The address to send products for review is on their main site: http://vegnews.com/web/pages/page.do?pageId=15

I'm hoping more frequent posts here will pick up again. I'm a daily visitor!

Emily Boller - September 30, 2009 10:19 AM


I can tell you in a comment that they have responded well to me getting my health back!

In fact I interviewed them one time and wrote down some of their comments:

- has more energy and is rational
- doesn't complain anymore
- is happy
- in shape
- not depressed and a lot prettier
- fun to be around
- not tired
- thin and fun

I won't repeat what my husband said! Smile.

Eating for disease affects EVERYONE in the family in a negative way. It's not an isolated illness whatsoever. The choices we make affects our loved ones BIG TIME.

The truth of the matter is . . . if I'm suffering from disease due to toxic cravings and unwise food choices, my family is suffering also.

The beautiful part, if I'm flourishing in excellent health due to wise food choices, my family and those around me are being greatly blessed also!

Let's all be blessings to our families and friends!

Frank - October 2, 2009 4:29 PM

essie - September 29, 2009 4:40 PM
Would be a great way to introduce a large vegan audience to your stuff. :)

Emily Boller - September 28, 2009 2:46 PM
For those who are addicted to high fat, processed foods and sweets, there IS hope for you!

All misconceptions about food. It is pyschological. Truth be told, that problem will follow you and you will develop new dangerous choices. A vegan can go overboard and cause serious damage to their body because of being obsessed in their new diet.
Seeking help with a psychiatrist and a nutritionist is the best way, not a new fad.

Elijah - October 2, 2009 5:36 PM

@Frank - Just to clarify, this is not a vegan diet. It is a nutritarian diet and Dr. Fuhrman teaches people how to eat a healthful diet for the long haul. Whether a person wants to eliminate animal products or include them in their diet he teaches them the healthy way to do it. He also teaches people how to avoid the common pitfalls that people encounter in a vegan, vegetarian or omnivorous diet style.

Most importantly, he teaches about "true hunger" and once you get that, you got it for life!

Emily Boller - October 3, 2009 11:05 PM


Yes, I agree. Food addiction is physiological and psychological. There IS complete freedom from food addiction and poor health when correct information is put into the brain, AND excellent nutrition is put into the body.

Numbers don't lie. My medical stats and blood test results are healthy, and I didn't take one pharaceutical pill prescribed by a psychiatrist to achieve this freedom from food addiction that results in optimal health.

Lynne (Horsecrazy) - October 4, 2009 6:54 PM

As always, an excellent post Emily. I was in the drugstore last night picking up my thyroid medication. I was so sad to see the huge wall both in front of and behind the counter of all manner of things related to diabetes. So very sad indeed! Especially since it could largely be eliminated through a healthy diet and exercise plan.

Matt Stone - October 13, 2009 2:55 PM

Hey Emily,

It's been a while since I posted here. I wanted to announce to all of you at Disease Proof, Dr. Fuhrman especially, that I will be doing a trial with his dietary recommendations while testing my glucose every day before breakfast. I'm not diabetic. This is part of the research that I'm doing for my next eBook on type II diabetes, due out in late November. Check it out on my blog, and please comment if you can. My blog is a great forum for discussion and debate from all sides of the nutrition spectrum. Thanks so much. Don't be too offended by my irreverent writing style! :)

-Fellow refined carbohydrate hater,

Matt Stone

Follow this link to get to the first post on this dietary experiment...


Elijah - October 13, 2009 3:39 PM

@Emily - Btw, I love your photo. It makes good sense to just inject the insulin straight into the apple pie, it should come with it already in it at the store. It should also come with some instructions for the exercise you are supposed to do to decrease the insulin resistance.

Emily Boller - October 14, 2009 12:44 PM

Instead of calorie or carb labels, maybe units of insulin required to eat one slice of pie should be put on each piece!

Yes, Elijah, an injection of insulin stuck in the pie would have an outstanding affect on the consumer.

I've heard cigarettes called, "Cancer sticks."

Maybe we should come up with a creative name for pie, candy, pop, lattes, donuts, etc.!

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