Whereas, Dr Fuhrman contends high carbs is bad for diabetes, Dr Barnard says high carbohydates is good for diabetes. Dr Barnard contends the key is having very low fat in your muscles ("Dr. Neal Barnard’s Program for Reversing Diabetes"). What Dr Barnard says in his book is summarized in the following.Excerpt from web article
: Q: Tell us how the diet works on a cellular level.When someone has diabetes, insulin (the hormone produced in the pancreas) has a difficult time moving sugar out of the bloodstream and into that person’s cells. That’s because tiny amounts of fat in the person’s cells prevent the insulin from “opening” the cell membrane, or what can essentially be thought of as a lock. Instead, these bits of fat—which build up when a person eats a high-fat diet—clog up the cell and the insulin can’t do its job. With the low-fat vegan diet, however, individuals can essentially alter what goes on in their cells. By eliminating most fat from their diet, that person is basically cleaning up his or her cells, which allows the insulin to move the glucose into the cells where it belongs.
The low-fat angle is also mentioned in Frequently Asked Questions about Diabetes
(Physician Committee for Responsible Medicine, Dr Barnard, Pres. Board of Directors): 4. Why low-fat?
High-fat foods increase insulin resistance. Following a low-fat diet not only helps improve insulin’s action but will also help reduce blood sugar, aid weight loss, and lower your cholesterol.
5. How much fat is allowed?
By avoiding animal products and added oils you will be able to keep your total fat intake around 20 grams per day. To help meet this, look for foods that have no more than 2 to 3 grams of fat per serving.
I believe Dr McDougall explains the process differently. Comments?