Now you may be able to kill two birds with one stone: beating diabetes type 2 and visiting Spain. That’s what British and Irish people are doing and it seems to be working for them.

In fact, Alicante is a delightful city by the Mediterranean; just by relaxing and enjoying the weather and the blue skies could be part of the cure.

The experiment was posted by the International Medical Travel Journal on Dec 16, 2011

SPAIN: Travellers at pioneering Spanish health retreat are beating diabetes

British and Irish health travellers at a pioneering Spanish health retreat in Alicante, claim that they are living a medication-free life as a Type 2 diabetic on a vegan nutritarian diet because it is low fat and nutrition-rich – combined with light exercise.

Many have halted or reversed their diabetes and are now living medication-free for the first time in years. Cancer and heart disease sufferers and those struggling with obesity say the British-run centre in Spain has also made a significant and lasting impact on their recovery.

99% of guests at the Obsidian Retreat say their lives have been transformed after embarking on its healthy living programme. Most diabetic guests are beating the odds with a staggering 90% of Type 2 Diabetics either greatly reducing or stopping their drugs, including insulin and Metformin.

During their stay, guests stick to a specially prepared vegan diet high in micronutrient content. Foods with the highest micronutrient scores are green vegetables, colourful vegetables, and fresh fruits. The diet, which is tailored to suit each person, as the micronutrient richness must be adjusted to meet individual needs, is proven to have powerful disease-protecting and therapeutic effects.

There is an increasing number of people suffering from Type 2 diabetes – 2.9 million in the UK, estimated to rise to 4 million by 2025. The International Diabetes Federation estimates that by 2030 438 million – or nearly 8% of the global population – will suffer from the condition, which is largely attributed to poor diet, sedentary and stressful lifestyles.

Obsidian Retreat’s owner Andy West explains: “The link between poor health and poor diet could not be clearer and with a quarter of the UK population classed as obese this problem is only set to get worse, Our unhealthy eating is costing us all dearly in terms of life quality and expectancy, but we have an approach that addresses this.

Applying this approach to diabetes management could save many lives. We give guests the tools to take control of their own health in a direct, immediate way – and the results speak for themselves. We really want people to sit up and take notice of what’s being done.

Not only can nutrition-rich, low-fat diet help prevent problems, but it can also actually reverse even major illnesses and we have already had doctors recommending us to patients.”

Obsidian Retreat is just 45 minutes’ drive from Alicante Airport. Known as an immersion centre because guests are immersed in their treatment, it is the brain-child of healthy living pioneers, Andy and Carol West, who launched it earlier this year following in-depth studies into diets around the globe that have dramatic effects on serious health conditions and a desire to make them available to visitors year-round.

The healthy living programme combines best practice from across the US and Europe. The approach is based on the simple idea that a nutrition-rich vegan diet in a stress-free holiday setting is the quickest, easiest and often most cost-effective way to restore health, improve well-being and boost energy levels.

Guests undergo a full medical assessment and continuous monitoring during their stay, with all visits supervised by a qualified GP. They are encouraged to participate in light exercise such as swimming, walking, yoga and rebounding (mini trampolining) and can also enjoy a wide range of complementary therapies from colonic hydrotherapy, hypnotherapy, Swedish massage, colon massage, crystal massage, bio-resonance, Reiki, metamorphic or Indian head massage; food intolerance testing, beauty treatments and life coaching are all available.


I am Andy Carpenter and I would start by saying that I have a Bachelor Degree in Nutrition Science conferred by California State University, Los Angeles and that I am certified as a Registered Dietitian.

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