More than 60 people have lost a staggering 1134kg in under 20 weeks following a specific plant-based diet called the Natural Food Interaction (NFI) protocol, under the guidance of Dr. Janka Lejavova, MD.
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.
Dr. Janka Lejavova, MD, has been treating type 2 diabetics in Slovakia for more than 12 years. While many advancements in the field have been pharmaceutical, Dr. Lejavova has become increasingly interested in using diet to tackle the condition since learning about the NFI protocol in September 2018.
In the last five months, 67 of her patients - who are on the NFI protocol for diabetes treatment - have seen some remarkable results, including a combined weight loss of 1134kg.
NFI Founder Hickman told Plant Based News: “The patients are all from Mikuláš or the surrounding areas which is a region in Slovakia. They all had no prior understanding of a whole food plant-based diet or veganism, which makes their weight loss a big step.”
He says the positive impact of the diet also goes further than the patients who have been treated.
“[This data] doesn’t take into account the knock-on effect,” he explained. “If you look at the ripple effect, how many families are adopting plant-based food, many are following the diet and are losing weight and experiencing health benefits.”
Dr. Lejavova, MD told PBN: “I am delighted about the results and am looking forward to prescribing the NFI protocol to more patients.”
*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).
**This article was updated on September 4 to reflect the increased weight loss of patients following the NFI protocol.
***This article was updated on December 16 to include the latest data from the NFI trial.