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The Nutritarian Women’s Health Study

Type 2 Diabetes Clinical Research Trial

The Nutritarian Women’s Health Study (NWHS) was launched in October 2016 to document the benefits of a nutrient-dense, plant-rich (NDPR Nutritarian) diet, specifically created to be maximally protective against cancer.  The study’s two-tier approach will examine the effect of a Nutritarian diet on the occurrence, recurrence and progression of chronic diseases, including autoimmune diseases, cancer, diabetes, heart disease, dementia and stroke with a directed focus on the prevention of breast cancer and the reversal of early-stage breast cancer.

The NWHS is an open-ended observational study conducted by researchers from Northern Arizona University. Principal Investigator Jay Sutliffe, Ph.D., R.D., emphasizes the importance of the study: “This research can move us from fear to freedom, from awareness to action, from disease to dynamic living.”

With a goal to recruit at least 10,000 women during the study, in the first six months the study has been able to enroll more than 1,200 participants, with another 600 women currently in the process of enrolling. All participants first learn the science and the techniques of the program and then pledge to eat this nutrient-dense, plant-rich protocol, which includes powerful longevity-promoting, anti-cancer foods.  They will report periodically to the study team through questionnaires.

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There are many benefits to enrolling in the study.  Two key benefits are:

  • Participants receive an initial education about the Nutritarian diet, and will have the opportunity to continue to learn from Dr. Fuhrman and the research team on the best ways to promote good health utilizing optimal nutrition throughout the study.  This benefit is critical to the success of the study as we hope to demonstrate dramatic effects of a superior diet to lengthen human lifespan, to prevent the common diseases that afflict women as they age, and to improve the quality and enjoyment of life.
  • This study also offers a unique opportunity to be part of something bigger than ourselves — to help ensure that future generations of women have better information on how to care for their health and the health of their families.  From the mid-20th century into the 21st, healthcare solutions have been based, to an alarming degree, on pharmaceutical remedies. Yet, time and again science has illustrated that those remedies are the least helpful and can often be harmful. The results of this study promises to have an impact on our approach to disease treatment and prevention.


Participants will be asked to fill out periodic surveys and may be asked to submit other medical histories and speak with study team members.  Every two years participants will receive a kit with instructions to have bloodwork completed locally. Those enrolled gain support through a professionally staffed study office, regular blogs featuring study-specific articles, and access to a private Facebook group that offers daily administrative support to answer questions and give direction.


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How do women learn more about the Nutritarian Diet and the anti-cancer protocol developed by Dr. Fuhrman?

Women considering participating are given a package of information, including Dr. Fuhrman’s book, ‘Super Immunity,’ reading materials, lectures and other information to review before making a commitment to participate in this study.

Why aren’t men included in the research?

In the long-term, the Foundation certainly plans to do a similar study focused on men’s health and wellness. However, new funding sources need to be established before this can happen.  This is a privately-funded clinical research study with no charge to our participants.

This is a privately-funded clinical research study with no charge to our participants. Study costs are currently $250k-$350k annually. We count on our friends and supporters to help us move this important work forward. To learn how you can help underwrite the Foundation’s annual study costs, contact us at 888.511.4443 or email info@nutritionalresearch.org.

Type 2 Diabetes Clinical Research Trial

Why is it a secret that there is a cure for diabetes?

Learn how to protect yourself and family from this avoidable epidemic.

Coming in 2017, the Nutritional Research Foundation partners with a Harvard-affiliated medical center to investigate a nutritional approach to reversing type 2 diabetes and metabolic syndrome.

A nutrient dense, plant-rich (NDPR) diet has helped many patients with type 2 diabetes resolve their disease.  Yet, most of our front-line physicians do not prescribe an NDPR diet as the first line of defense, because they simply are unaware of this critical information. There is a gap between theory and practice.  We want to change that!

Who doesn’t know at least one friend, neighbor, co-worker or family member with type 2 diabetes?  It would be hard not to because the disease affects 1 in 11 adult Americans.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDCP) estimates that 86 million people, or 1 out of 3 American adults, has pre-diabetes or diabetes.  Yet only 1 out of 10 are even aware their health is in jeopardy.

Each year we spend some $245 billion on medical costs and procedures, but that huge financial burden doesn’t even factor in the day-to-day losses due to the disease.  There are no accurate calculators for the side effects of prescription drugs and invasive medical care, as well as the tragic suffering of blindness, kidney failure, leg amputations, depression and dementia that diabetics are at a heightened risk of developing. The CDCP goes on to estimate over the next 30 years, our costs will double as new cases are diagnosed at younger and younger ages. Think about that for a minute. This is not the legacy any of us want to leave our children and grandchildren.

Even if you personally don’t have diabetes, the cost of it still impacts each of us.  The good news is that together we can change the trajectory of this crushing epidemic!

Our earlier study8 shows the encouraging potential nutritional intervention holds!  Nine out of 10 participants in the study were able to become non-diabetic within 6 months.  Our plan now is to initiate a randomized, controlled trial to establish the effectiveness of this dietary protocol.  This information is need to create the kind of proof physicians require in order to embrace this therapy and recommend it to their patients.

To tackle this important investigation, the Nutritional Research Foundation has partnered with a Harvard-affiliated medical center in Boston to conduct a two-tier, three-year randomized study to evaluate the effect of two diets (a nutrient-dense, plant-rich diet versus a more conventional USDA diabetes diet). The study will examine such parameters as glycemic control, inflammation, and cardiovascular risk in overweight and obese individuals with type 2 diabetes.

We hope you will partner with us to fund this urgently needed research.

Join us and help us stop the type 2 diabetes epidemic.

How we fund clinical research:

The Foundation is funded privately through individual, foundation, and corporate donations.  The Nutritional Research Foundation only allows 5% for indirect costs on research projects. To learn more about contributing the Foundation’s important studies click here.

*Joel Fuhrman, M.D., coined the term “Nutritarian” to describe a diet that is nutrient-dense and plant-rich, and includes anti-cancer superfoods, which also facilitate weight loss. These foods supply both the right amount of macronutrients (protein, fat and carbohydrates) and the vital micronutrients (vitamins, phytochemicals and minerals) that unleash the body’s incredible power to heal itself and slow the aging process, giving the body renewed vitality.


Many observational studies have linked a greater intake of plant foods to a lower risk of diabetes.1-4 A few intervention studies have been conducted, suggesting that a vegetarian or vegan diet improves blood glucose in patients with type 2 diabetes.5-7 While these studies illustrate the potential for a plant-rich diet in treating type 2 diabetes, the NDPR diet is designed to improve upon those diets, with an emphasis on high-nutrient, low-glycemic plant foods. Our preliminary research found that 90 percent of participants were able to eliminate all of their diabetes medications after one year, and the average HbA1c level was lowered into the normal (non-diabetic) range.8

  1. Satija A, Bhupathiraju SN, Rimm EB, et al. Plant-Based Dietary Patterns and Incidence of Type 2 Diabetes in US Men and Women: Results from Three Prospective Cohort Studies. PLoS Med 2016, 13:e1002039.
  2. Virtanen HEK, Koskinen TT, Voutilainen S, et al. Intake of different dietary proteins and risk of type 2 diabetes in men: the Kuopio Ischaemic Heart Disease Risk Factor Study. Br J Nutr 2017, 117:882-893.
  3. Shang X, Scott D, Hodge AM, et al. Dietary protein intake and risk of type 2 diabetes: results from the Melbourne Collaborative Cohort Study and a meta-analysis of prospective studies. Am J Clin Nutr 2016, 104:1352-1365.
  4. Wang PY, Fang JC, Gao ZH, et al. Higher intake of fruits, vegetables or their fiber reduces the risk of type 2 diabetes: A meta-analysis. J Diabetes Investig 2016, 7:56-69.
  5. Barnard ND, Cohen J, Jenkins DJ, et al. A low-fat vegan diet improves glycemic control and cardiovascular risk factors in a randomized clinical trial in individuals with type 2 diabetes. Diabetes Care 2006, 29:1777-1783.
  6. Kahleova H, Matoulek M, Malinska H, et al. Vegetarian diet improves insulin resistance and oxidative stress markers more than conventional diet in subjects with Type 2 diabetes. Diabet Med 2011, 28:549-559.
  7. Nicholson AS, Sklar M, Barnard ND, et al. Toward improved management of NIDDM: A randomized, controlled, pilot intervention using a lowfat, vegetarian diet. Prev Med 1999, 29:87-91.
  8. Dunaief DM, Fuhrman J, Dunaief JL, Ying G. Glycemic and cardiovascular parameters improved in type 2 diabetes with the high nutrient density (HND) diet. Open Journal of Preventive Medicine 2012, 2.