In Kaiser’s Spring 2013 Permanente Journal, Nutritional Update for Physicians: Plant-Based Diets, Philip J. Tuso, MD, Mohamed H. Ismail, MD, Benjamin P. Ha, MD and Carole Bartolotto, MA, RD advise,
“Healthy eating may be best achieved with a plant-based diet, which we define as a regimen that encourages whole, plant-based foods and discourages meats, dairy products, and eggs as well as all refined and processed foods. We present a case study as an example of the potential health benefits of such a diet. Research shows that plant-based diets are cost-effective, low-risk interventions that may lower body mass index, blood pressure, HbA1C, and cholesterol levels. They may also reduce the number of medications needed to treat chronic diseases and lower ischemic heart disease mortality rates. Physicians should consider recommending a plant-based diet to all their patients, especially those with high blood pressure, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, or obesity.”
Kaiser Permanente has 8.9 million health plan members, 167,300 employees, 14,600 physicians, 37 medical centers and 611 medical offices. If Kaiser’s physicians follow the advice of the their own directors and prescribe a low-fat, whole foods, plant-based diet to their patients, they have the potential to change thousands and perhaps millions of lives.
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