After transitioning to a whole food, plant-based lifestyle, you will likely experience improved sleep and energy, decreased weight, and an overall sense of wellness.
But you may also lower your risk of heart disease, diabetes, and cancer. Thousands of studies have been completed showing the amazing health benefits of a plant-based diet.
In Dr. Dean Ornish’s well known Lifestyle Heart Trial, patients following a low-fat vegetarian diet had the following results after one year:
Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn studied 23 Cleveland Clinic patients who had severe coronary artery disease (combined 49 cardiac events). The 17 patients following a plant-based diet for the duration of the study had the following results:
James Anderson, M.D. studied a group of Type 1 & 2 diabetic patients following a mostly plant-based diet, all of whom had been taking insulin prior to their dietary change. Here are the results after three weeks:
A recent study from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health surveyed 200,000 health professionals for more than 20 years and found that those following a healthy plant-based diet had a 34% lower risk of developing diabetes.
A large prospective study found that the occurrence of all cancers were lower for those eating a plant-based diet as compared to those eating the Standard American Diet.
A study that looked at men and women between the ages of 50 to 65 found that those eating higher protein diets had a 75% increase in overall mortality and four fold increased risk of dying from cancer.
The American Cancer Society (February 13, 2015) published their recommendations that cancer survivors should follow plant-based diets that are high in fruits, vegetables and unrefined grains.