Article by Plant Based News
A new medical approach to treat type 2 diabetes is garnering media attention in Europe.
The Natural Food Interaction (NFI) protocol, a personalized whole-food plant-based diet plan, has yielded impressive results so far in an ongoing National Trial in Slovakia, with 82.9 percent of patients reported to have stopped all medication within 20 weeks.*
These results are currently being submitted to a number of leading journals by acclaimed diabetes researcher Professor Emil Martinka, including Forum Diabeticum, Diabetes and Obesity, and Diabetes Care.
Natural Food Interaction Protocol
The NFI protocol, which was founded by businessman David Hickman and biomolecular scientist Zuzana Plevova, is specifically tailored to individuals based on height, weight, age, sex, medication and associated diagnoses.
Designed for type 2 diabetics, the plan is nutritionally balanced, doesn’t require patients to restrict calories and is reported to lead to normalization of blood glucose as well as an average 3kg weekly weight loss.
The data coming out of the ongoing National Trial has led Slovakian media to start reporting on the protocol, with multiple articles being published, the most recent being a cover story in the health supplement of PRAVDA, Slovakia’s second-largest newspaper with a weekly reach of 1 million people.
The article, titled Can the NFI protocol cure diabetes?, focuses on 64-year-old Peter, a former type 2 diabetes sufferer who put his illness of almost 30 years into remission – coming off insulin and metformin – after following the plan.
Peter’s physician, Dr. Lejavova, has described Peter’s story as ‘exceptional’, saying he is able to enjoy life once again, after many years of suffering with the condition.
“All patients that I’ve prescribed the NFI diet have experienced improvements across all parameters, including weight loss; laboratory tests; and general quality of life,” she said.
“[This patient] had diabetes since 1989, so had been suffering from the condition for 30 years. In the beginning, the procedure of treatment corresponded with the way of treating diabetes 30 years ago – combined treatment of tablets and diet. Despite that, the disease had been developing and the patient started taking insulin intensively from 2003.
“The patient was educated and very cooperative in terms of the way he took tablets every day. However, the results had the tendency to worsen all the way to chronic decompensation, which gradually got better after hospitalization.”
Peter added that he has been ‘transformed’ since following the protocol, saying: “My type 2 diabetes was so severe that it affected my work. I was a driver, but my condition became so bad that I lost my job.
“I then became a security man looking after building sites overnight, but only part-time because the pain made it difficult. I became very grumpy as chronic complications associated with my type 2 diabetes started to develop.
“But now I am completely transformed. I have my sense of humor back and enjoy days out with my grandchildren, which I couldn’t do before.”
Peter joins thousands of other patients who have followed the NFI protocol, including Janka (prescribed by the National Institute of Endocrinology and Diabetology) and Brian (video below) who accessed the meal plans by purchasing online.
You can find out more about the NFI Protocol HERE.
*The NFI Protocol results in 82.9 percent of patients stopping all medication within 20 weeks (based on verifiable data from 831 people). With medical supervision, the type 2 diabetes reversal rate on the NFI protocol is 93.6 percent (based on Dr. Lejavova’s cohort of 117 patients).