BB King and Diabetes

The world was saddened by the recent news of the passing of Blues music legend BB King. Touching millions of people around the world, King who played his guitar affectionately named “Lucille,” sang and played from the heart.

King publically announced that he was a diabetic, a disease that affects millions and is one of the fasts growing health issues facing us today. He was a spokesperson for Johnson & Johnson’s LifeScan OneTouch diabetic testing meter.

I know first hand the blues that one can experience from having Type 2 diabetes. The disease can rob you of your eyesight, cause painful diabetic neuropathy of the extremities, cause amputation and eventually death. My father died of complications of Type 2 diabetes. I could easily see myself on the same path as my father and the King of Blues. I had Type 2 diabetes and a host of other health issues. After years of following the prescribed regimen that wasn’t working, I decided to try something new, something that many people would consider radical (because it is not how most people eat). I adopted a vegan diet and saw my diabetes improve basically overnight. With a drop of 100 points within the first week of changing my diet, my doctor discontinued one of my medications and cut the dosage of the other in half. My health started to turn around and soon; I was no longer on any medication and considered no longer a diabetic.

How could something like a simple diet change produce such quick results? A vegan diet (one that is comprised of legumes/beans, grains, vegetables and fruit) is the diet that our bodies were meant to use to sustain us. Scientific evidence points to the benefits of a whole foods, plant-based vegan diet to reverse the top health conditions we face today, Type 2 diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, cancer and many others.

According the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, 29 million Americans suffer from diabetes and 86 million Americans are pre-diabetic (and don’t know it), it would benefit us all if we would adopt the diet our bodies were designed to enjoy.

If you are a Type 2 diabetic or know someone who is, I would highly recommend ordering the book “Dr. Neal Barnard’s Program for Reversing Diabetes, The Proven System For Reversing Diabetes.” This book helped me reverse my diabetes and put me on the road to good health.

I wonder if BB King had adopted a vegan diet years ago, would he still be playing Lucille today? It is my hope that all those that suffer from Type 2 diabetes, consider a diet change to one that shows compassion for themselves, animals and the planet.

May the thrill still remain with you.