In her book Thin Diabetes, Fat Diabetes, Laurie Endicott Thomas covers the spectrum of diabetes from its ancient history to the latest developments of genetic engineering, and explains why people with all forms of diabetes mellitus need to eat the McDougall Diet.
If you have thin diabetes (type 1), it means that your pancreas no longer makes enough insulin to keep you alive. If you have fat diabetes (type 2), you produce plenty of insulin, but your body has developed resistance to this hormone. This resistance is reversed by losing weight and by eating a diet based heavily on starchy staples, such as rice, corn, or potatoes. The same healthy diet will help prevent the development of complications, and even reverse some of the underlying diseases, that commonly accompany both forms of diabetes. (Type 1 diabetes cannot be cured, but type 2 diabetes is curable.)