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Can Diabetic Retinopathy Be Reversed?

The reversal of blindness due to hypertension and diabetes with Dr. Kempner’s rice and fruit diet demonstrates the power of diet to exceed the benefits of the best modern medicine and surgery has to offer.

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I documented the extraordinary Kempner story previously in Kempner Rice Diet: Whipping Us Into Shape (http://nutritionfacts.org/video/Kempner-Rice-Diet-Whipping-Us-Into-Shape) and Drugs and the Demise of the Rice Diet (http://nutritionfacts.org/video/drugs-and-the-demise-of-the-rice-diet/). The reason I keep coming back to this is not to suggest people should go on such a diet (it is too extreme and potentially dangerous to do without strict medical supervision), but to show the power of dietary change to yield tremendous healing effects.

The best way to prevent diabetic blindness is to prevent or reverse the diabetes in the first place. See, for example:
• Lifestyle Medicine Is the Standard of Care for Prediabetes (http://nutritionfacts.org/video/lifestyle-medicine-is-the-standard-of-care-for-prediabetes/)
• How to Prevent Prediabetes from Turning into Diabetes (http://www.nutritionfacts.org/video/how-to-prevent-prediabetes-from-turning-into-diabetes)
• Plant-Based Diets and Diabetes (http://nutritionfacts.org/video/plant-based-diets-and-diabetes/)

Why wouldn’t a diet of white rice make diabetes worse? See If White Rice is Linked to Diabetes, What About China? (http://nutritionfacts.org/video/if-white-rice-is-linked-to-diabetes-what-about-china/)

For more on the nitty gritty on what is the actual cause of type 2 diabetes, see:
• What Causes Insulin Resistance? (http://nutritionfacts.org/what-causes-insulin-resistance)
• The Spillover Effect Links Obesity to Diabetes (http://nutritionfacts.org/video/the-spillover-effect-links-obesity-to-diabetes)
• Lipotoxicity: How Saturated Fat Raises Blood Sugar (http://nutritionfacts.org/video/lipotoxicity-how-saturated-fat-raises-blood-sugar)
• Diabetes as a Disease of Fat Toxicity (http://nutritionfacts.org/video/Diabetes-as-a-Disease-of-Fat-Toxicity)
• What Causes Diabetes? (http://nutritionfacts.org/video/what-causes-diabetes)

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  1. Whilst reading this “amazing fivu com” (Google it), my blood glucose level is 300 and my A1c was 11.5%. That is what I have come across two months ago. I made sure that I followed everything from “amazing fivu com” (Google it). And that did it. I was very delighted concerning the fact which I was able to lower my average PP sugar level to 140..

  2. Too me blindness is Death I will not live in the dark.best of luck to you all.


  4. What about Potatoes? Are they good or do they make the eyesight worse? Has it anything to do with high Bloodsugar?

  5. I am a diabetic that has been off all meds since April of 2018. (Insulin) I did this by the Grace of God and a healthy ketogenic diet. I have lost 50 lbs, and my cholesterol is normalizing-triglycerides are normalizing and my kidney function has improved greatly! My retinopathy has not, as of yet. I do not believe I could eat a high carb diet and accomplish any reversal of any of the diabetic damage I have done to my body. More power to those who appear to have done so. But definitely not for me.

  6. I went on this rice / fruit diet and had w stroke. ..too much sugar! fruit is sugar and carbs are sugar, somebody lie'in!

  7. If ye love me, keep my commandments.
    John 14:15 KJV

    Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy.  Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work:
    Exodus 20:8‭-‬9 KJV

    Saturday is the day of the Lord

    The claim that Christ by his death abolished his Father’s law, is without foundation. Had it been possible for the law to be changed or set aside, then Christ need not have died to save man from the penalty of sin. The death of Christ, so far from abolishing the law, proves that it is immutable. The Son of God came to “magnify the law, and make it honorable.” [Isaiah 42:21.] He said, “Think not that I am come to destroy the law;” “till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in nowise pass from the law.” [Matthew 5:17, 18.] And concerning himself he declares, “I delight to do thy will, O my God; yea, thy law is within my heart.” [Psalm 40:8.] GC88 466.3

    Ecclesiastes 12:13 KJV
    Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.

  8. my dad has diabetes, hope this helps

  9. I have diabetics
    And it a horrible think to have

  10. Cheers for the Video clip! Forgive me for the intrusion, I would love your initial thoughts. Have you heard about – Patlarny Sugar Outcome Principle (search on google)? It is a great one off product for reversing diabetes without the headache. Ive heard some super things about it and my buddy after a lifetime of fighting got astronomical success with it.

  11. My sibling used this neuropathy treatment “gowo shocking plan” (G00GLE it) and was able to lessen her pain by approximately 70%. So I just wanted to tell her story to others suffering from diabetic neuropathy. Search and learn it, you will like it.

  12. I am getting worry about this I went eye Doctors today They told me mine got bigger from last year They going get me see spec lest I have type 2 diabetic

  13. Getting dumber by the day. Disturbing. Excellent upload on your part Dr., informative.

  14. doc said I'm not Diabetic but I wonder if I can reverse the Halos and Glares I've been seeing.

  15. Thanks Dr Greger, if you ever come across any more recent studies, follow up to this I would be most interest, I have a cousin diabetic retinopathy and I have sent her this but would be interested if anyone has taken this further.

  16. I'm gonna try the diet. I've been vegan for awhile, but my blood sugars are still out of control. I had better control when I cut out fats. I wish I'd known it was reversible before. My doctor went straight to photo-coagulation, not even a mention of drugs/steroids.

  17. Please discussed retinitis pigmentosa

  18. And by Rice, he means White Rice.

  19. I wish I had followed my optometrist answer earlier from two years ago, fish oil is the big answer. Not only treat your retinopathy but heal your cells too to accept insulin http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/75246.php

  20. I wished I had followed my Optometrist's advice earlier which was suggested two years ago. Fish oil supplement is the big answer. http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/75246.php

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