November 14th is World Diabetes Day

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From the desk of Dr Nandita Shah

November 14th is World Diabetes Day. This day was created in 1991 by IDF and the World Health Organization in response to growing concerns about the escalating health threat posed by diabetes. Today, 29 years later, the rates continue to rise and diabetes poses an even bigger threat than before thanks to Covid-19 and co-morbidities.

The truth is that our current dietary system which includes animal products, refined foods and chemical packed processed foods as well as our conventional medical system which includes medications that actually induce diabetes like steroids, thiazide diuretics, beta-blockers for hypertension, antipsychotics, statins is one of the causes of the problem. And sulphonylureas used for diabetes eventually cause the burnout of the insulin producing cells, thereby leading to insulin dependence and creating more type 1 diabetics every year. Sadly, few are questioning this system. It’s easier to have a World Diabetes Day than to shut down the commercial systems that produce diabetes.

The good news is that most cases of diabetes can be reversed! And we can take charge of our health now. SHARAN can help you in different ways to do this. I have written a detailed book – Reversing Diabetes in 21-Days and  we also have a 21-Day Online Diabetes Reversal Program. In addition to this, we have our team of doctors who can support and guide you till you are medicine free, if you are willing to make some lifestyle changes and take charge of your health. Coincidentally this year Diwali and World Diabetes Day fall on the same day. Diwali can be well celebrated with delicious diabetes friendly foods. 

SHARAN’s vision is a diabetes free world, and we hope that a day will come soon when World Diabetes Day becomes obsolete.

14th November is Diwali too! We all at SHARAN wish you and your loved ones a healthy and happy Diwali. May the knowledge of health always shine within you.


Just a chance look at Facebook led me to a healthier lifestyle and state of health

Delhi based Pramila D’Souza found the Reversing Diabetes in 21 Days book and got in touch with SHARAN. Today she is on her way to being medicine-free!

At 68, having battled with pre-diabetes for about 6 years, with ayurvedic medication, diet and exercise, following a stomach infection, I finally hit the diabetic range. This is something I dreaded, as I have heard of many being plagued with complications arising from high blood sugar. My husband, who has been diabetic for the last 12 years, was already taking a cocktail of medications, costing thousands every month.

By sheer chance, on Facebook, I happened to read about a book titled ‘Reversing Diabetes in 21 days’. “Reversing”??? Can diabetes be reversed? I wondered why millions suffer from diabetes mellitus? My curiosity peaked, and I purchased the book. It opened my eyes to many things we eat and drink; unaware of their ill effects on our health, and I started on my own, to follow the diet more or less.

I then googled ‘SHARAN India’ and saw that they offer consultations and diet. Rs. 6000 seemed a stiff fee to pay, but after much thought I decided to go for it, figuring that it was worth foregoing the thousands I would have to pay for testing, medication, multiple visits to a diabetologist or dietician etc.

The Senior Medical Consultant, Dr. Sudhir Sethi , to whom I was referred to, was  located in the U.K. and I wondered just how much ground we could cover in just an hour of video consultation. My apprehension was quite unfounded, as the doctor was very thorough, going through each of my multiple ailments and commenting/making suggestions. Following the consultation, he sent me a synopsis of our talk, along with a suggested diet.

With much excitement and anticipation, I commenced the treatment. Just a smoothie and fruit for breakfast? How on earth could I survive? However, in a few days my body adjusted, and the breakfast was quite satisfying. The recipes given in the book provided a variety. Within 3 weeks, my fasting blood sugar level dropped from 141 in July, to 123 in September, and in another week, to 108. Post prandial reading fell from 148 in July, to 96 in September. I also noticed that the joint pain due to rheumatoid arthritis was down by at least half, knots and inflammation on my knuckles were almost gone, and post-nasal catarrh that had been constant for a long time, was reduced considerably.

I am sure in another couple of weeks, I will progress to normal blood sugar levels, for which I really am grateful to God. I have immensely enjoyed learning to cook without oil, which my whole family benefits from, and having dates as a dessert is a welcome treat. Just a chance look at Facebook led me to follow a healthier lifestyle and I wish many more people have the same happy experience.

Malai Pedas  

Diabetics and everyone can truly enjoy guilt-free sweets when they follow the whole food plant based diet. These easy to make delicious malai pedas are worth a try this festive season. 


  • ¼ cup almond flour
  • ¼ cup cashew flour
  • 2-3 tbsp desiccated coconut/ dried coconut
  • 3 tbsp extra firm tofu, crumbled
  • 3 – 4 tbsp dry dates powder
  • 1/4 tsp cardamom powder
  • 2-3 tsp non dairy milk if needed
  • 2 tbsp date paste
  • 1/8 tsp powdered unrefined salt


Mix the almond flour, cashew flour, desiccated coconut, tofu, dry dates powder, salt and cardamom. Add the date paste and roll into small balls. If the mixture is not binding add non dairy milk and form small balls. This can be consumed as it is or it can be baked at 180 degrees C for 5-6 mins.

Makes about 12-15 pedhas

Food for the mind


If you love Facebook, then join us to be supported on your plant based journey. we are offering two possibilities

1. SHARAN India This is SHARAN’s main Facebook page which you can like and follow for getting useful daily updates and news from the plant based health world. You will also get news about the latest SHARAN events, see testimonials, and more.

2. SHARAN’s Vegan Support Group This is an open support group to know more about vegan/plant-based lifestyle. Here you can ask questions and share inspiring stories, tips, recipes, etc.

All our doctors and presenters will be here to answer your questions and give you tips. If you have attended our events join this group to be a part of our family.

Please like the main SHARAN page and join the group(s) applicable to you.


Diabetes can be reversed                                                        

If you want to get rid of any problem, you need to understand the cause of that problem and remove it. The reason that cutting out sugar or carbohydrates does not resolve diabetes is because sugar or carbohydrates are not the cause of diabetes. High blood sugar is the result of diabetes. The cause of diabetes is lack of insulin or insulin resistance. And the causes of insulin resistance are as follows –

1. Diabetes is a hormonal problem 

It is linked to other hormonal problems such as hypothyroid, PCOD, infertility, or vitamin D imbalance. When one hormone goes out of balance, the others can be affected.

2. Foods

All animal products are likely to be high in hormones. Non-organic plant foods may contain hormones too, while hormonal medications like steroids could contribute as well.

3. Fat

Fat stored inside the muscles cells causes insulin resistance. Therefore, we must reduce all fats without fibre – oil, ghee, butter, and animal products including dairy and eggs – as they too are full of fat.

4. Lack of fibre

Only plants have fibre although refined and processed plant foods also lack fibre. Fibre holds on to fat and flushes it out of the body

5. Chemicals

These are hormone disruptors – medications, personal care products (soaps, shampoos, hair dyes, deodorants, toothpaste, hand sanitisers, perfumes, makeup etc), home care products (incense, air fresheners, detergents, pest control, phenyl etc), non-organic fruits and vegetables and other foods, readymade products, plastics, artificial sweeteners all have chemicals that can impact your condition.

6.  Dairy

Dairy and its derivatives contain fat, no fibre, hormones, chemicals (pesticides, PCBs, urea, antibiotics, adulterants). Dairy is therefore a leading cause of diabetes.  Dairy is also packed with hormones.

7.  Stress

This is often the precipitating cause of diabetes. Check your levels each time you are stressed or sick – you will be surprised to see how blood sugar shoots up.

8.  Lack of exercise

Exercise helps reduce stress by increasing serotonin and endorphins. It also helps to burn fat. Choose a form of exercise that you truly enjoy.

9.  Lack of Vitamin D

Vitamin D is a hormone and unfortunately almost everyone in urban areas suffers from a lack of it. It is important to regularly check the levels of this hormone, and supplement if necessary.

10.  Beverages

Tea, coffee, colas, alcohol, smoking raise blood sugar levels and should be completely avoided.

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This newsletter was compiled by SHARAN Head of Mumbai, Reyna K Rupani, She facilitates the Six Weeks to Health Gain & Weight Loss program and also conducts health talks for schools, groups, corporates and more.

Edited by Deepa Ballal, a freelance writer based in Dubai.

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