"I think giving up dairy products played a very important role in helping me to get better. As soon as I stopped drinking milk and eating cheese, all the problems went away,"said Mr Chan, who discovered he was diabetic in 1993, and measures his blood sugar levels at home every day.
Last June, Mr Chan Eng Suan, 59, switched to a plant-based diet with as little processed or refined foods as possible. He gave up all dairy products such as milk and cheese, and, within a month, saw a big drop in his blood sugar level, so much so that he felt he could reduce his medication by half.
In another month, he did without his diabetes medication completely, despite his doctors advising against it.
Mr Chan said he also ate more complex carbohydrates, such as brown rice, millet and buckwheat, which helped. He said he feels better now, with a healthy diet to control his condition.
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