A Slovakian doctor has taken 147 of her type 2 diabetes patients off medication - using an advanced plant-based protocol.
Under the guidance of Dr. Janka Lejavova, MD., the patients followed the Natural Food Interaction (NFI) protocol, a personalized whole-food plant-based diet plan, which 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.
Among Dr. Lejavova's success stories was Tereza G, a 33-year-old who has been diabetic for three years. After 13 weeks on the protocol, she lost 15kg and brought her blood glucose into the normal range.
Tereza was worried about having a child with type 2 diabetes, so Dr. Lejavova guided her through treatment, so she would feel in a better situation for potentially having a child.
Another patient, Edward T had struggled for years, trying various diets, and finding nothing helped. After 17 weeks on the protocol, he lost 21kg and was taken off his medication.
Further patients are due to come off medication in the coming months, based on the number of patients following the diet. Thousands of patients are currently following the NFI protocol from all over the world, and the global total of patients off medication is nearly 1,000, according to NFI Founder David Hickman.
Improving their lives
"I'm really pleased that these patients were able to improve their lives, the NFI Protocol is a method to reverse Type 2 diabetes, but in the end, it is always up to the patient," David Hickman told Plant Based News.
"Everybody at NFI is always really happy for anyone willing to make a genuine change to their health. We are just happy to be part of their journey.
"The NFI Protocol works for anyone, but it is always up to the patient how exactly they will stick to their personal protocol."
'A special feeling'
"It is a really special feeling being able to share the success of this protocol," added Dr. Janka Lejavova.
"After feeling disillusioned over the last 12 years working in the medical field, I have hope back.
"The NFI diet has not just reminded me why I got into medicine – but allowed me to take action. I'm so delighted I am now able to help patients achieve true health."
NFI meal plans are available to the public
*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 December 16 to reflect an increase in the number of patients successfully treated by Dr. Lejavova.