Type 2 Diabetes, Heart Disease, Cancer, High Blood Pressure, & Your Weight, Positively Affected by the Foods You Eat
Heart Disease Starts in Childhood
"Atherosclerosis, hardening of the arteries, begins in childhood. By age 10 nearly all kids have fatty streaks, the first stage of the disease. Then the plaques start forming in our 20s, get worse in our 30s, and can start killing us off in middle age... If you are older than 10 years of age, the choice likely isn’t whether or not to eat healthy to prevent heart disease, it’s whether or not you want to reverse the heart disease you likely already have.
Drs. Dean Ornish and Caldwell Esselstyn [See also below] proved that we can reverse heart disease with a plant-based diet, but we don’t have to wait until our first heart attack to reverse the clogging of our arteries. We can start reversing our heart disease right now. We can start reversing heart disease in our kids tonight."
Watch the video and/or read the article by Dr. Michael Greger M.D. by Clicking Here.
Coronary Disease Among United States Soldiers Killed in Action in Korea
"The purpose of this paper is to describe and analyze the gross lesions found in the coronary arteries of United States soldiers killed in action in Korea (in the early 1950's)... 300 autopsies were performed on United States battle casualties in Korea... The coronary arteries were carefully dissected in all cases... The average age in 200 cases was 22.1 years."
"Coronary heart disease (CHD) and the related diseases due to atherosclerosis continue to be major public health problems in the industrialized countries and are likely to become serious problems in the developing countries... Long-range prevention of coronary heart disease should begin in adolescence or at least in young adulthood with control of the major established risk factors for adult coronary heart disease."
"At your sweet 16 there’s just about a 1 in 30 (3%) chance you already have an advanced atherosclerotic lesion in your heart, but if you don’t improve your diet, by your 30th birthday, it’s closer to a one in five (20%) chance you have some serious heart disease, and if you have really high cholesterol it could be closer to one in three (33%)."
How Cancer, Diabetes, and Other Health Concerns Can Be Addressed by Changing What You Eat
Plant-based nutrition is still a new topic for many of us. Some of us have been transitioning into eating more plants for years, while others have been downright afraid of it or unsure it’s really more legit than just some trendy diet. Others have long understood that a plant-based diet protects the lives of others, while also bettering the earth and our health when eaten in a whole foods (non-processed) format.
"Studies show that heavy consumption of meat, eggs and dairy products significantly increases the risk of cardiovascular problems. On the flip side, consuming plant-based foodssuch as beans, nuts, whole grains, fruits and vegetables is associated with a sharply reduced risk. A study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that compared with meat-eaters, vegetarians have a 32 percent lower risk of heart disease."
“If people are falling over the edge of a cliff and sustaining injuries, the problem could be dealt with by stationing ambulances at the bottom or erecting a fence at the top. Unfortunately, we put far too much effort into the provision of ambulances and far too little into the simple approach of erecting fences.”
"According to the Director of the famous Framingham Heart Study, the best way to manage cholesterol and heart disease risk is with a more plant-based diet. Why then, don’t more doctors advise their patients to change their diets?"
CardioBuzz: 'Lifestyle Medicine'
"We tend to think of advances in medicine as a new drug, laser, or surgical device, something high-tech and expensive. Yet, the simple choices we make in what we eat and how we live have a powerful influence on our health and well-being...
For example, in the European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition (EPIC) study, patients who adhered to healthy dietary principles (low meat consumption and high intake of fruits, vegetables, and whole-grain bread), never smoked, were not overweight, and had at least 30 minutes a day of physical activity had a 78% lower overall risk of developing a chronic disease. This included a 93% reduced risk of diabetes, an 81% lower risk of heart attacks, a 50% reduction in risk of stroke, and a 36% overall reduction in risk of cancer, compared with participants without these healthy factors."
"Physicians want to influence their patients to make lifestyle changes that will improve their health, but sometimes the roles are reversed and we are inspired by patients. It was a patient's success reversing an alarming condition that motivated me to investigate a vegan diet...
I thought I had a healthy diet -- no red meat, no fried foods, little dairy, just chicken breast and fish. But a simple Web search informed me that my chicken-breast meals had more cholesterol content (84 mg/100 g) than pork (62 mg/100 g). So I changed that day... Within 6 weeks my LDL cholesterol level was down to 90 [from 170]."
Vegan Diet Helps Curb Cardiovascular Disease and Diabetes
"Researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago have discovered that traditional vegan diets are “consistently” more effective and easier to follow for patients with cardiovascular disease or type 2 diabetes—which are preventable or treatable by healthy diets."
A Whole-Food Plant-Based Diet Reversed Angina without Medications or Procedures
"A 60-year-old man presented with typical angina and had a positive stress test. He declined both drug therapy and invasive testing. Instead, he chose to adopt a whole-food plant-based diet, which consisted primarily of vegetables, fruits, whole grains, potatoes, beans, legumes, and nuts. His symptoms improved rapidly, as well as his weight, blood pressure, and cholesterol levels. Plant-based diets have been associated with improved plasma lipids, diabetes control, coronary artery disease and with a reduction in mortality. Adoption of this form of lifestyle therapy should be among the first recommendations for patients with atherosclerosis."
Dean Ornish Talks About Cheeseburgers and Yoga, and What they Mean for Heart Health
"Coronary heart disease is when the heart can’t feed itself. The heart pumps blood to the body, but it first pumps blood to feed itself through coronary arteries. Over time, if they get clogged, then the heart can’t pump enough blood to feed itself. Blood carries oxygen, and oxygen is fuel for the heart. If the heart doesn’t get enough oxygen, in the short term it can cause angina or chest pain. Over a longer period of time, everything downstream may die and turn into scar tissue; that’s what we commonly refer to as a heart attack. If it’s a small area, you live; if it’s a big area, you don’t."
Actually, You DO Need To Worry About Cholesterol: A Cardiologist Explains
A study, reporting on 38,153 patients with heart disease treated with statin cholesterol lowering medications, brings knew evidence to light showing that significantly lowering LDL-cholesterol has major benefits for cardiovascular patients.
"Every day, nearly 2,600 Americans die of some type of cardiovascular disease, an average of one death every 34 seconds, and 7.1 million Americans have had a heart attack during their lifetimes. Those who survive often go on to have another heart attack later on. But this need not happen. Eating habits and other lifestyle factors play a large role in the risk of heart disease. Moreover, heart disease can usually be prevented and even reversed."
"So-called organic meats are sold as a means for people to reduce their exposure to hormones and chemical toxins. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) states that animals raised on an organic operation must be fed organic feed and given access to the outdoors. They are given no antibiotics or growth hormones. Organic crops are raised without using most conventional pesticides and using no petroleum-based or sewage-sludge-based fertilizers.
However, while concentrations of some contaminants may be decreased, switching to organic meat does nothing to decrease the risk for the diseases that remain the biggest killers of Americans. Cholesterol, fat (especially saturated fat), and animal protein are the major culprits in meat that are associated with higher risks of heart disease, diabetes, and some cancers. They are also associated with the development of the many risk factors that lead to these diseases, including obesity and hypertension.
Animal products, however they are produced, increase the risk of many diseases."
Sugar-Sweetened Drinks Linked to Increased Risk of Heart Disease in Men
"Men who drank one sugar-sweetened beverage a day had a 20 percent higher risk of heart disease compared to men who did not drink any sugar-sweetened drinks. Daily sugar-sweetened drink consumption was also linked to higher levels of harmful lipids in the blood and inflammation."
“A few of my mottos have been, “anything and everything but in moderation”... I realized for the first time in my life that these just might be flawed statements. I always rationalized that whatever I ate, I burnt off. However, it’s like putting a bad grade of gas in your car. The car will still run, but your engine will “gunk up” in no time... I can personally name a half dozen friends who were really good athletes who in the past 10-15 years went for out for a run from their home and never came back. I thought that could have happened to me but how lucky am I that I am now getting a second chance.”
"Though current medical and surgical treatments manage coronary artery disease, they do little to prevent or stop it. Nutritional intervention, as shown in our study and others, has halted and even reversed CAD."
"Physicians want to influence their patients to make lifestyle changes that will improve their health, but sometimes the roles are reversed and we are inspired by patients. It was a patient's success reversing an alarming condition that motivated me to investigate a vegan diet."
Vegetarians at a Lower Risk for Heart Disease, Stroke
"It turns out that vegetarians might not just be sparing the lives of countless animals by cutting meat from their diets, they could actually be helping to save their own lives as well. According to a new study, research suggests that vegetarians may be at significantly less risk of developing a condition associated with heart disease and stroke than their animal-eating counterparts."
Why Raise Your Kids Vegan? A Power Vegan Mom Weighs In...
"Obesity rates in children have almost tripled in the last 25 years. Among children and adolescents ages 2 to 19 in the United States, 31.7% are overweight. One in three children born in the year 2000 will develop diabetes at some point in his or her life."
Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn On Making Heart Attacks History
Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn argues that heart attacks, the leading cause of death for men and women worldwide, are a "foodborne illness" and explains why diet is the most powerful medicine.
Bill Clinton Heart Disease & Weight Loss Solutions Through A Vegan Diet
"After undergoing heart surgery, former President Bill Clinton has adopted a healthier lifestyle. In an interview with CNN, Bill Clinton talked about his plant-based vegan diet and recent weight loss.
What made him go vegan? Clinton has read many books on the topic, including books by T. Colin Campbell, Caldwell Esselstyn and Dr. Dean Ornish."
Dietary Fat and Heart Disease Study Is Seriously Misleading
"The journal Annals of Internal Medicine recently published a paper suggesting there is no evidence supporting the longstanding recommendation to limit saturated fat consumption. Media reporting on the paper included headlines such as “No link found between saturated fat and heart disease” and articles saying “Saturated fat shouldn’t be demonized” springing up on social media.
However, Walter Willett, chair of the Department of Nutrition at Harvard School of Public Health, warns that the conclusions are seriously misleading, as the analysis contains major errors and omissions."
Click Here for the article from Department of Nutrition at Harvard School of Public Health.
Ronald M. Krauss, MD—The Doctor Who Made Lard-eating Fashionable
"Articles like these that offer "nuggets of proof" that saturated fat-laden foods can be eaten guiltlessly have created a feeding frenzy within the meat, dairy, and egg industries. As a direct result, hundreds of millions of people worldwide—especially those who are looking to "hear good news about their bad habits"—will die of heart disease, diabetes, cancer, and obesity, and if left unchallenged, resulting increases in livestock production will accelerate global warming even faster than the current rate."
"Dr. Krauss, however, has not always been in favor of eating animal flesh and fat. His research in 1986, before he started working for the beef and dairy industries, clearly explains that the high consumption of animal foods and low intake of plant foods promotes atherosclerosis (heart disease and strokes)."
"In 2010, Jeremiah Stamler published the editorial Diet-heart: a problematic revisit in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition addressing a number of very serious flaws in a meta-analysis paper supported by the National Dairy Council and authored by Siri-Tarino et al. that concluded that there was insufficient evidence from prospective cohort studies to suggest that the intake of saturated fat increases the risk of coronary heart disease and cardiovascular disease. A number of researchers including Stamler, who has played a prominent role in the diet-heart hypothesis for over 60 years found that a number of serious flaws in this meta-analysis would have likely biased the association between saturated fat and coronary heart disease towards null."
Why Fish Oil Fails: A Comprehensive 21st Century Lipids-Based Physiologic Analysis
The medical community suffered three significant fish oil failures/setbacks in 2013. Claims that fish oil's EPA/DHA would stop the progression of heart disease were crushed when The Risk and Prevention Study Collaborative Group (Italy) released a conclusive negative finding regarding fish oil for those patients with high risk factors but no previous myocardial infarction. Fish oil consumption has shown to lead to increased inflammation, increased CVD, and increased cancer risk.
“The idea is that a diet of fish and blubber -- not vegetables and fruits -- has kept Arctic natives free of heart disease. A new study, published in the Canadian Journal of Cardiology, suggests that the myth is, in fact, a myth.”
"Fish oil does not lower the risk of cardiovascular disease or death, according to a new review in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Researchers analyzed 20 studies including 68,680 patients who used omega-3 fatty acids for an average of two years and determined that fish oil had no effect on heart-related death, heart attack, or stroke. These findings follow another recent review showing fish oil did not prevent the recurrence of heart problems among patients."
Association Between Protein Intake and Blood Pressure
"Vegetable protein intake was inversely related to blood pressure. This finding is consistent with recommendations that a diet high in vegetable products be part of healthy lifestyle for prevention of high blood pressure and related diseases."
Intestinal Microbial Metabolism of Phosphatidylcholine and Cardiovascular Risk
"Recent studies in animals have shown a mechanistic link between intestinal microbial metabolism of the choline moiety in dietary phosphatidylcholine (lecithin) and coronary artery disease through the production of a proatherosclerotic metabolite, trimethylamine-N-oxide (TMAO). We investigated the relationship among intestinal microbiota-dependent metabolism of dietary phosphatidylcholine, TMAO levels, and adverse cardiovascular events in humans... CONCLUSIONS: The production of TMAO from dietary phosphatidylcholine is dependent on metabolism by the intestinal microbiota. Increased TMAO levels are associated with an increased risk of incident major adverse cardiovascular events. (Funded by the National Institutes of Health and others.)."