Is it true that you can change your diabetes with the 30 day cure in Dr. Estafan Riaich's book? There are so many doctors saying that they can cure it. Please help.

Amy Campbell


It depends what you mean by “changing” your diabetes. Many diets, whether it’s this plan, the South Beach diet, the Atkins diet, the Mediterranean diet, or Weight Watchers, for example, can help you lose weight and improve your blood glucose control … if you can stay with it. Most diets work, initially, by having you restrict certain foods and/or servings sizes. Cutting back on carbohydrate, fat and calories typically leads to weight loss and may also help lower blood glucose levels. The problem is that many of these “diets” (and some are truly better than others -- the Mediterranean diet or the DASH diet being examples of better ones) are too rigid, boring or possibly harmful to follow long term. The 30 Day Diabetes Cure, written by Dr. Stefan Ripich, is a plan that is divided into three phases, the first phase being the most restrictive. The title is a bit deceiving in that, at this time, there is no “cure” for diabetes. You can effectively manage and control diabetes, but it doesn’t go away. That being said, if you’re interested in trying this plan, first talk it over with your healthcare provider or a dietitian. This plan may not be the best choice for you. You really need an approach that you can stay with for the long-run and that provides the nutrition that you need for good health. By the way, you might be interested in a ranking of “best diabetes diets”, which is published on US News’ website at