Plant Based Diets Remedy Chronic Diseases
Plant Based Diets Remedy Chronic Diseases – According to the World Health Organization (WHO), 63 percent of the deaths that occurred in 2008 were attributed to non-communicable chronic diseases such as cardiovascular disease, certain cancers, Type 2 diabetes and obesity — for which poor diets are contributing factors. Yet people that live in societies that eat healthy, plant-based diets rarely fall victim to these ailments.
Research studies have long indicated that a high consumption of plant foods is associated with lower incidents of chronic disease.
In Food Technology magazine, Senior Writer/Editor Toni Tarver discusses recent discoveries in nutritional genomics that explain how plant-based diets are effective at warding off disease.
The article indicates that bioactive compounds in plant foods play a role in controlling genetic and other biological factors that lead to chronic disease. For example, antioxidants in plant foods counter free radicals that can cause chronic inflammation and damage cells. And other plant compounds help control a gene linked to cardiovascular disease and plaque buildup in arteries and the genes and other cellular components responsible for forming and sustaining tumors.
William W. Li, M.D., President and Medical Director of the Angiogenesis Foundation in Cambridge, Mass., says that all consumers should look at their diets as if food is the medicine necessary to maintain healthy, disease-free lives. “Prevention is always better than a cure,” said Li. Foods that may help prevent cancer and other chronic diseases include artichokes, black pepper, cinnamon, garlic, lentils, olives, pumpkin, rosemary, thyme, watercress, and more. For a more comprehensive list of medicinal foods, read “The Chronic Disease Food Remedy” in the October 2012 issue of Food Technology.
We could not have said it better ourselves! This is what we aim to do with the Roman Diet. We want to put our two boys with type 1 diabetes in a position of strength to optimize blood glucose control and better manage all aspects of the disease through better health.
Type 1 diabetes is not mentioned in this article as one of the chronic diseases that have poor diets as contributing factors. There is significant research that associates certain elements of diet and lifestyle as possible triggers or drivers of the development of type 1 diabetes in people who are genetically susceptible. It seems logical to us that if we eliminate or minimize potential triggers and drivers of disease development, we may be able to suppress the autoimmune response that causes type 1 diabetes to progress. But even if that is not possible, it just makes good sense to live a healthier lifestyle that makes blood sugar management easier and more controllable.
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