Printable version: Chronic Kidney Disease – full article
Interest in the dietary treatment of chronic kidney disease has been growing as its incidence has been increasing. Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) is now the 8th leading cause of death in the United States and its treatment consumes substantial amounts of medical resources and money.
Several lines of epidemiological research have shown a lower risk of chronic kidney disease among vegetarians. It also shows a substantially increased risk among omnivores, especially those who eat red and processed meats.
Although the practice started long ago, research on the use of a low-protein plant-based diet to treat chronic kidney disease diet has intensified in recent years. This research has shown that a low-protein vegetarian diet is safe and efficacious at both treating and slowing the progression of chronic kidney disease.
Treatment with a low-protein vegetarian diet, often supplemented with keto analogues, has been shown to reduce acidosis, phosphotemia, uremia, proteinuria and to slow progression. Research shows that this treatment does not result in malnutrition. Research has also shown that larger amounts of plant protein than animal protein can be consumed, without deleterious effects.
Treatment with a low protein vegetarian diet also has the advantage of preventing and treating common comorbidities such as type 2 diabetes and coronary artery disease.
Vitamin B12 is a water-soluble vitamin that is naturally present in animal-derived foods. It is added to others and is available as a dietary supplement and a prescription medication. Vitamin B12 exists in several forms and contains the mineral cobalt, (1, 2, 3, 4) so compounds with vitamin B12 activity are collectively called “cobalamins”. Methylcobalamin and 5-deoxyadenosylcobalamin are the forms of vitamin B12 that are active in human metabolism. (5) Continue reading
Open Letter To the Editor-in-Chief, Journal of the American College of Cardiology
October 27, 2017
Dear Dr. Fuster,
In your recent update to the Expert Consensus Decision Pathway, (1) no specific mention was made of a safe and efficacious non-statin therapy, the plant-based diet.
Vegetarian and vegan diets can be very efficacious in reducing serum cholesterol and, importantly, LDL. Studies have shown that those following a plant-based diet have significantly lower total cholesterol and LDL levels. (2)
This article is also available in printable pdf form: Colon Cancer Prevention with a Plant-Based Diet
I. Executive Summary
It has long been known that vegetarians have a substantially reduced risk of colon cancer. Several studies have shown that vegetarians have a reduced risk of colon cancer of 46%-88%, and, as might be expected, a 54% reduced risk of colon adenoma, plus a 200% reduced risk of advanced adenoma. Vegetarians also have a lower prevalence of risk factors for colon cancer. These include a much lower risk of hyperinsulinemia secondary to metabolic syndrome, lower risk of obesity, and a much lower risk of Crohn’s disease. Vegetarians also have lower levels of CRP (cardio reactive protein) indicating a lower inflammatory status. This has also been correlated with a better prognosis for colon cancer.
As the physician will already know, fibromyalgia is a disease which is often very difficult to treat. Many patients suffer from fibromyalgia without a fully efficacious treatment. These patients do not have a good quality of life and cannot maintain normal daily activity with currently prescribed treatments. Hence, many fibromyalgia patients inquire about dietary interventions. (1)
Vegetarians of Washington has been helping people to change to a vegetarian diet for the past 17 years. We have the following resources available for you to provide or recommend to your patients:
Recommended books, including:
- In Pursuit of Great Food – our new plant-based shopping guide, including what to buy, understanding ingredients, labels and more.
- Say No to Meat – a helpful book to answer all your questions about why and how to go veggie, including a number of easy starter recipes.
- The Veg-Feasting Cookbook – a comprehensive cookbook, with recipes provided by local restaurants and Vegfest chefs, covering a wider range of different cuisines.
Events in and around Seattle:
- Vegfest, our annual vegetarian food festival held in the spring of each year, where patients can taste a wide variety of available food products, and learn about cooking from our chefs, and health from our physician speakers.
- Monthly catered dinners, where patients can enjoy tasty meals and meet others following a similar diet.
- Classes – with accurate, up-to-date health information, general or focused on a specific disease, and with practical shopping and cooking advice.
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