Editorial: Why didn’t my doctor tell me?
Plant-based diets and Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus
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It’s the rare physician with an adult practice that doesn’t encounter a significant number of patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM). Given the rapid rise of the disease, its prophylaxis and treatment should be of pressing concern for every physician. In spite of this crisis, the advantages of a plant-based diet for the prevention and treatment of T2DM have been overlooked.
The Prevention and Treatment of Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus with a Plant-Based Diet
Printable pdf version (25 pages) : Type 2 Diabetes article
Today’s physicians are only too aware of the prevalence of Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus (T2DM) currently in America, and of its complications such as diabetic peripheral neuropathy and diabetic nephropathy. The increased risk of coronary artery disease that type 2 diabetics face is on every physician’s mind. Administrators and policy makers grapple with the dollar cost to the health care system from type 2 diabetes, and perhaps most worrisome of all, the rise in obesity and metabolic syndrome tells public health officials that the problem will likely get worse if nothing changes.
This article presents evidence of the safety and efficacy of plant-based diets for prophylaxis and treatment of type 2 diabetes mellitus.
On April 9, 2016, at Seattle’s Vegfest, the first Vegfest Medical Seminar was held for doctors and medical students on the safety and efficacy of a plant-based diet to treat and prevent several common diseases. This unique event featured 7 different board-certified specialists, who presented the latest research, along with their clinical experience.
We are delighted to announce that a complete set of videos of this seminar are now available. You can watch the complete playlist of presentations (see video link below program), or select the individual talk topic you are most interested in by clicking on the topic next to each speaker’s name in the program below.
Here is the program for the seminar, with each topic linked to a video of that talk.
||Amanda Strombom, President, Vegetarians of Washington
||Prescribe Vegetarian Campaign
||Stewart Rose, Vice President, Vegetarians of Washington
||Dr Uma Krishnan, Cardiologist, Cardiac Study Center – Tacoma, WA
||Dr Mythili Ramachandran, Internal Medicine, Bonney Lake Medical Center, WA
||Dr Esther Park-Hwang, Ob/Gyn, Multicare OB/GYN Associates, Tacoma, WA
||Dr Ron Swensen, Gynecological Oncology, Valley Medical Center, Renton, WA
||Dr Andrea Rose, Medical Oncology, Good Samaritan Hospital, Puyallup, WA
||Dr Uma Malhotra, Infectious Disease specialist, Virginia Mason Hospital, Seattle, WA
||F. Patricia McEachrane-Gross MD, Preventative and Family Medicine, Ocala, FL
This paper has been published in Cancer Therapy & Oncology International Journal.
Citation: Rose S, Strombom A. A Plant-Based Diet Prevents and Treats Prostate Cancer. Canc Therapy & Oncol Int J. 2018; 11(3): 555813. DOI: 10.19080/CTOIJ.2018.11.555813
This review covers research done on the prevention and treatment of prostate cancer with a plant-based diet. Epidemiological studies have strongly implicated diet as a major modulator of prostate cancer risk. The risk of prostate cancer in vegetarians is less than half that of non-vegetarians. While plant-based foods have been shown to decrease the risk of prostate cancer, animal-derived foods increase the risk in a dose dependent manner. Intake of saturated fat and cholesterol found in animal-derived foods are independent risk factors for prostate cancer, contributing further to the higher risk that nonvegetarians have. Continue reading
The prevalence of cholelithiasis is about 10 percent to 15 percent of the population of the U.S., or well over 25 million people. Nearly 1 million new cases of gallstone disease are diagnosed every year and approximately one quarter of these require treatment. The burden of cholelithiasis and its complications, such as cholecystitis, pancreatitis, and cholangitis, are major public health problems. A 2006 study reported that more than 700,000 cholecystectomies were performed in the United States at a cost of $6.5 billion dollars annually.[i]
Most patients are asymptomatic, but approximately 20% become symptomatic after 10 years of follow up.[ii] A study of both symptomatic and asymptomatic sonographically-confirmed cholelithiasis cases, found that the prevalence of gallstones was 1.9 time higher in non-vegetarians than in vegetarians.[iii]
Peripheral neuropathy, the most common type of diabetic neuropathy, causes pain or loss of feeling in the toes, feet, legs, hands, and arms. Diabetic peripheral neuropathy affects as many as 50% of older type 2 diabetic patients. Some patients may have extremely painful symptoms, others with a more marked neuropathic deficit may be asymptomatic. Diagnosis requires careful examination of the lower limbs. Management involves establishing that the neuropathy is caused by diabetes, instead of more sinister causes, and aiming for optimal glycemic control. Medications, usually tricyclic drugs or anticonvulsant agents, are often used for symptomatic relief.[i]
By age 60, two-thirds of all Americans will have developed diverticulosis.[i] Twenty-five percent of patients with diverticulosis will go on to develop acute diverticulitis. This imposes a significant burden on healthcare systems, resulting in greater than 300,000 admissions per year with an estimated annual cost of $3 billion.[ii]
Back in 1979, a research article in the British journal, the Lancet, reported that the prevalence of diverticular disease in vegetarians was almost one third that of meat eaters. It was noted in this study that vegetarians had a mean intake of fiber of 42gm/day vs. 21 gm/day for meat eaters.[iii]