Nampa Church Hosts Diabetes Workshop

October 12, 2017 | Sue Jester

As a follow-up to the Boise AMEN (Adventist Medical Evangelism Network) Clinic held in April, the Nampa (Idaho) Church hosted a Diabetes Undone Workshop for eight weeks. Of the 13 participants, five came from the community.

Diabetes Undone is a guided course that addresses the root cause of disease through simple lifestyle strategies involving nutrition, exercise, comprehensive testing and more. Wes Youngberg, diabetes expert and author of Goodbye Diabetes, and Brenda Davis, author and plant-based dietician, hosted the video series sharing various strategies on how to reverse the disease and reclaim health.

By carefully following the program, those with Type 2 diabetes are able to reverse the disease; those with Type 1 can significantly improve the condition and reduce the risk for complications in just five weeks. Participants following the program experienced a drop in blood sugars and weight loss. From the food samples provided at the start of each class, they also developed an awareness of how delicious a plant-based diet could be.

Weight loss and decreased blood sugar levels were part of the positive results of this class. One participant's A1C level, which measures diabetes management over time, went from 8.1 to 6.1. Another said she is exercising regularly and eating healthier and her blood sugar levels have decreased. Others said they gained a more determined attitude to turn around their diet and lifestyle. Many expressed their appreciation for the facilitators and the hands-on help they received.

This course is a comprehensive wellness plan. The same strategies used to fight diabetes are beneficial for reducing the risk of heart disease, stroke, cancer, autoimmune and other diseases.