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Plant-Based Diets for Hypertension

Michael Greger MD | May 10, 2016 | Health

Read More: animal fat, animal protein, athletes, blood pressure, calories, cholesterol, dairy, DASH diet, diabetes, eggs, exercise, fish, fruit, heart disease, heart health, herbal tea, hibiscus tea, hypertension, junk food, Lifestyle medicine, meat, mortality, nitric oxide, obesity, plant protein, plant-based diets, processed foods, salt, side effects, standard American diet, stroke, tea, vegans, vegetables, vegetarians, weight loss, World Health Organization

Recently, researchers from Taiwan pitted the herbal tea hibiscus against obesity. They gave hibiscus to overweight individuals and reported that subjects showing reduced body weight. However, after 12 weeks on hibiscus subjects only lost about three pounds, only one......

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When Charities Collaborate With the Food Industry

Michael Greger MD | March 29, 2016 | Health

Read More: animal products, beans, breast cancer, breast health, calories, cancer, chicken, Coca-cola, exercise, fat, fruit, frying, industry influence, junk food, obesity, Pepsi, poultry, processed foods, salt, smoking, soda, standard American diet, subsidies, sugar, tobacco, vegetables, weight loss, women's health

When the history of the world's attempt to address obesity is written, one researcher writes, "the greatest failure may be collaboration with and appeasement of the food industry." For instance, Yum! Brands, who owns Kentucky Fried Chicken, linked up......

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How to Prevent Childhood Obesity and Diabetes

Michael Greger MD | March 3, 2016 | Health

Read More: American Academy of Pediatrics, amputations, animal fat, animal products, animal protein, arthritis, autoimmune diseases, beans, blindness, calories, cancer, cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular health, children, cost savings, dairy, diabetes, eggs, eye disease, eye health, fat, fiber, fruit, gout, grains, heart disease, heart health, industry influence, kidney disease, kidney failure, kidney health, Loma Linda University, meat, milk, mortality, nuts, obesity, plant-based diets, prediabetes, sugar, vegans, vegetables, vegetarians, veggie burgers, veggie dogs, vision, water

Thirty years ago, virtually all diabetes in young individuals was thought to be autoimmune Type 1 diabetes, but since the mid-90s, we started to see an increase in Type 2 diabetes among youth, particularly in the United States. Indeed,......

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Hummus for a Healthy Heart

Michael Greger MD | March 1, 2016 | Health

Read More: aging, antioxidants, beans, bone health, calories, cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular health, chickpeas, cholesterol, chronic diseases, diabetes, DNA damage, heart disease, heart health, legumes, lentils, liver disease, liver health, longevity, obesity, osteoporosis, phytates, phytonutrients, prediabetes, saturated fat, split peas, statins, weight loss

I've talked previously about the anti-diabetic and anti-obesity effects of various phytonutrients in beans, but beans have protective effects on the cardiovascular system as well. As one academic review suggested, plant-specific compounds can have a remarkable impact on the......

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How a Gluten-Free Diet Can Be Harmful

Michael Greger MD | February 23, 2016 | Video

Read More: allergies, bagels, barley, bread, cancer, cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular health, celiac disease, chronic diseases, diabetes, FODMAPs, food sensitivities, fructans, gluten, grains, gut flora, heart disease, heart health, immune function, obesity, pasta, prediabetes, probiotics, rye, viral infections, wheat

Until only a few years ago, almost the whole of the scientific world maintained that the wheat protein gluten would provoke negative effects only in people with rare conditions such as celiac disease or wheat allergies. But by the......

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The Dietary Link Between Acne and Cancer

Michael Greger MD | January 7, 2016 | Health

Read More: acne, adolescence, Alzheimer's disease, animal products, breast cancer, cancer, cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular health, chronic diseases, dairy, diabetes, eggs, erectile dysfunction, fruit, heart disease, heart health, hormones, infants, Japan, junk food, meat, milk, obesity, plant-based diets, prediabetes, premature puberty, processed foods, puberty, skin health, standard American diet, TOR, vegetables

Acne is an epidemic skin disease of industrialized countries, reaching prevalence rates of over 85 percent of teenagers. In nearly half of American men and women, acne even continues after adolescence and into the third decade of life. Acne......

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Which Works Better: Adding Beans or Portion Control?

Michael Greger MD | December 24, 2015 | Health

Read More: abdominal fat, beans, blood pressure, blood sugar, caloric restriction, calories, chickpeas, diabetes, legumes, lentils, metabolic syndrome, navy beans, obesity, peas, prediabetes, split peas

People who eat the most legumes appear to only have a fraction of the risk for a type of prediabetes known as metabolic syndrome. Legumes are beans, split peas, chickpeas, and lentils. In one studyout of Iran, people who......

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Making Plant-Based Diets the New Normal

Michael Greger MD | December 15, 2015 | Health

Read More: alternative medicine, blood pressure, blood sugar, cancer, cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular health, cholesterol, chronic diseases, complementary medicine, dairy, diabetes, eggs, exercise, heart disease, heart health, junk food, Kaiser Permanente, LDL cholesterol, Lifestyle medicine, meat, medications, obesity, plant-based diets, prediabetes, processed foods, rheumatoid arthritis

A Nutritional Update for Physicians was published in the official journal of Kaiser Permanente, the largest managed care organization in the United States. It told physicians that healthy eating may best be achieved with a plant-based diet, defined as......

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Coffee for Hepatitis C

Michael Greger MD | December 10, 2015 | Health

Read More: addiction, alcohol, caffeine, coffee, DNA damage, Europe, fatigue, fatty liver disease, headaches, hepatitis, liver cancer, liver disease, liver health, liver inflammation, mood, mortality, Norway, obesity

Decades ago, researchers in Norway came upon an unexpected finding. Alcohol consumption was associated with liver inflammation (no surprise), but a protective association was found for coffee consumption. These findings were replicated in the U.S. and around the world.......

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How Learning to Cook Can Save Your Life

Michael Greger MD | November 26, 2015 | Health

Read More: boiling, breakfast, chicken, cholesterol, chronic diseases, cooking methods, diabetes, dietary guidelines, fast food, fiber, industry influence, junk food, LDL cholesterol, mortality, obesity, pizza, poultry, processed foods, saturated fat, sodium, standard American diet, supermarkets, Taiwan, turkey, United Kingdom, vegetables, World Health Organization

The eating habits of modern Americans have been described as, "eating breakfast in their cars, lunch at their desks and chicken from a bucket." Within the last few decades, Americans are eating out more and more, and cooking fewer......

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Where Do You Get Your Fiber?

Michael Greger MD | September 28, 2015 | Health

Read More: animal fat, animal protein, beans, blood pressure, calories, cancer, cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular health, cholesterol, dairy, diabetes, dietary guidelines, eggs, fat, fiber, fish, flexitarians, folate, foodborne illness, fruit, grains, heart disease, heart health, junk food, meat, metabolic syndrome, obesity, omnivores, phytonutrients, plant protein, plant-based diets, prediabetes, protein, saturated fat, standard American diet, steak, vegans, vegetables, vegetarians, vitamin C

Vegetarians and vegans are all too familiar with the question: Where do you get your protein? Well, we can finally put to rest the question of whether vegetarians get enough protein thanks to a large study that compared the......

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Exercise as Medicine

Michael Greger MD | September 24, 2015 | Health

Read More: aging, alcohol, alternative medicine, broccoli, calories, cancer, cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular heath, chronic diseases, complementary medicine, depression, diabetes, exercise, greens, Harvard, heart disease, heart health, hypertension, kale, Lifestyle medicine, mortality, obesity, osteoporosis, prediabetes, smoking, stroke, vegetables

Physical inactivity has been called the biggest public health problem of the 21st century. Of course just because someone calls it that doesn't mean it's true, in fact physical inactivity ranks down at #5 in terms of risk factors......

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Eliminate Most of Your Chronic Disease Risk in Four Steps

Michael Greger MD | September 17, 2015 | Health

Read More: aging, alternative medicine, American College of Lifestyle Medicine, cancer, cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular health, chronic diseases, colon cancer, complementary medicine, diabetes, dietary guidelines, exercise, fruit, grains, heart disease, heart health, lifespan, Lifestyle medicine, meat, mortality, obesity, plant-based diets, prediabetes, smoking, stroke, vegetables, vitamin C

In 1903, Thomas Edison predicted that the doctor of the future will give no medicine, but instead "instruct his patient in the care of the human frame in diet and in the cause and prevention of disease." A hundred......

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What Do Eggs Do To Our Arteries?

Michael Greger MD | August 20, 2015 | Health

Read More: American Egg Board, breakfast, cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular health, cheese, cholesterol, eggs, fast food, fat, heart disease, heart health, industry influence, LDL cholesterol, McDonald's, oatmeal, obesity, sausage, smoking, standard American diet

In reaction to the study that found a similar exponential increase in artery clogging plaque in both smokers and egg eaters, one critic countered that eggs have beneficial effects on vascular endothelium, the inner lining of our arteries, citing......

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Salmon May Be the Greatest Source of Dietary Pollutants

Michael Greger MD | August 11, 2015 | Health

Read More: animal fat, biomagnification, diabetes, dioxins, fat, Harvard Nurses' Health Study, hexachlorobenzene, hypertension, industrial toxins, mercury, obesity, PCBs, persistent organic pollutants, prediabetes, pregnancy, restaurants, salmon, supermarkets

In my video Diabetes and Dioxins, I explored a nationwide study that found a strong dose-response relationship between industrial toxins and diabetes. Since then, Harvard researchers have reported a link between persistent pollutants like hexachlorobenzene and diabetes in their......

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Dioxins Stored in Our Own Fat May Increase Diabetes Risk

Michael Greger MD | July 28, 2015 | Health

Read More: Agent Orange, animal fat, animal products, blood sugar, diabetes, dioxins, fat, fish, Great Lakes, industrial toxins, obesity, PCBs, persistent organic pollutants, prediabetes, seafood

Finding higher diabetes rates among those heavily exposed to toxic pollutants--such as those exposed to Agent Orange, chemical plant explosions, toxic waste dumps, or heavy metals in fish from the Great Lakes--is one thing. Would the same link be......

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Nuts May Extend Your Lifespan By About 2 years

Michael Greger MD | May 14, 2015 | Health

Read More: abdominal fat, aging, almonds, blood sugar, body fat, brazil nuts, cancer, cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular health, cashews, chestnuts, cholesterol, chronic diseases, diabetes, fat, Harvard, heart disease, heart health, LDL cholesterol, lifespan, longevity, lung disease, lung health, macadamia nuts, mortality, nuts, obesity, olive oil, oxidative stress, peanuts, pecans, pine nuts, pistachios, prediabetes, PREDIMED, smoking, stroke, walnut, weight loss

We've known that increased nut consumption has been associated with a reduced risk of major chronic diseases, such as heart disease and diabetes. But do those who eat nuts actually live longer lives? Clinical trials have shown nuts help......

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What's Driving America's Obesity Problem?

Michael Greger MD | March 24, 2015 | Health

Read More: Big Mac, body fat, calories, cancer, cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular health, children, diabetes, Europe, exercise, fast food, fat, french fries, heart disease, heart health, lifespan, low-fat diets, metabolism, nutrition myths, obesity, prediabetes, sexual health, soda, weight loss

Currently, nearly two-thirds of Americans are overweight. By 2030 it is estimated more than half our population may be clinically obese. Childhood obesity has tripled, and most children will grow up to be overweight as well. The United States......

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How Long to Avoid Fish Before Conception?

Michael Greger MD | December 25, 2014 | Health

Read More: abdominal fat, animal products, beef, body fat, brain disease, brain health, children, cognition, DDT, detoxification, DHA, diabetes, dioxins, EPA, fat, FDA, fish, industrial toxins, infants, meat, mercury, obesity, omega-3 fatty acids, PBCs, persistent organic pollutants, prediabetes, pregnancy, red meat, reproductive health, seafood, tuna, vaccines, women's health

Mothers' increased consumption of fish before and during pregnancy leads to increased exposure to both mercury and the long-chain omega 3 DHA. Mercury may negatively affect brain development in one's unborn baby, whereas DHA may stimulate brain development. However,......

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Comparing Vegans' Arteries to Runners'

Michael Greger MD | December 16, 2014 | Health

Read More: beef, blood pressure, body fat, cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular health, chicken, cholesterol, dairy, eggs, exercise, fat, fish, heart disease, heart health, hypertension, LDL cholesterol, low-fat diets, meat, mortality, obesity, plant-based diets, pork, poultry, seafood, standard American diet, vegans, vegetarians, weight loss

We know from the work of Drs. Dean Ornish and Caldwell B. Esselstyn Jr. that switching to a plant-based diet can reverse heart disease, opening up arteries in some cases without drugs or surgery. We can't wait until our......

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What is Actually in Chicken Nuggets?

Michael Greger MD | November 18, 2014 | Health

Read More: animal fat, chicken, children, farm animals, fast food, fat, fecal bacteria, fecal contamination, meat, obesity, Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, pork, poultry, processed foods, processed meat, USDA

In a scathing expose of the USDA's new meat inspection program, the Washington Post quoted a representative from the meat inspectors union, who said: "pig processing lines may be moving too quickly to catch tainted meat... Tremendous amounts of......

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We Can End the Heart Disease Epidemic

Michael Greger MD | November 11, 2014 | Health

Read More: abdominal pain, Africa, appendicitis, beans, body fat, cancer, cancer survival, cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular health, colon cancer, colon health, constipation, corn, diabetes, diverticulosis, fat, fiber, gallbladder health, gallstones, heart disease, heart health, hemorrhoids, hernia, hiatal hernia, hypertension, lifespan, Lifestyle medicine, medical profession, mortality, obesity, plant-based diets, prediabetes, rectal cancer, standard American diet, stomach health, stomach ulcers, stool size, surgery, Uganda, varicose veins, vegans, vegetarians

Many of the diseases that are common in United States are rare or even nonexistent in populations eating mainly whole plant foods. These so-called Western Diseases are some of our most common conditions: Obesity, the most important nutritional disease......

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Can One Become a Sugar Addict?

Michael Greger MD | October 21, 2014 | Health

Read More: abdominal fat, addiction, alcohol, body fat, brain waves, Coca-Cola, cocaine, dopamine, fat, fruit, obesity, processed foods, soda, sugar, sweeteners

People have chewed coca leaves for at least 8,000 years as a mild stimulant without any evidence of addiction, but when certain components are isolated and concentrated into cocaine, we've got a problem. The same may be true of......

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4 Things To Help Prevent Most Disease

Michael Greger MD | September 25, 2014 | Health

Read More: blood pressure, blood sugar, breast cancer, breast cancer survival, breast health, cancer, cancer survival, cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular health, cholesterol, chronic diseases, diabetes, Dr. Dean Ornish, exercise, heart disease, heart failure, heart health, LDL cholesterol, lifespan, Lifestyle medicine, medical education, medications, men's health, mortality, obesity, plant-based diets, prostate cancer, prostate health, reversing chronic disease, smoking, stroke, surgery, vegans, vegetarians, women's health

Though I was trained as a general practitioner, my chosen specialty is lifestyle medicine. Most of the reasons we go see our doctors are for diseases that could have been prevented. But lifestyle medicine is not just about preventing......

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