"Researchers in the U.K. have developed a vegetable
called super broccoli designed to fight heart
disease. Not to be outdone, researchers in America
have developed a way to stuff an Oreo inside another Oreo."
- Jimmy Fallon
The August, 2013 issue of the journal Current
Treatment Options in Cardiovascular Medicine
included a publication on vegetarian diets
presented by Dominique Ashen of the Johns Hopkins
Center for the Prevention of Heart Disease.
Dr. Ashen wrote:
"There is growing evidence that consumption of a
vegetarian diet as well as specific components
of a vegetarian diet lower the incidence of
cardiovascular disease (CVD) and death. Vegetarian
diets lower the probability of developing CVD, are
effective in altering serum lipids, are beneficial
in reducing blood pressure, improve glycemic control
and insulin sensitivity, reduce weight, and lower
mortality. Vascular effects of a vegetarian diet
include a thinner carotid IMT and lower brachial
artery resistance. Health care providers should be
aware of the types of vegetarian diets and their
risks and benefits in order to guide patients'
dietary habits with the ultimate goal of reducing
their CVD risk. While a patient does not have to
become a complete vegetarian to reduce their CVD
risk, they can make simple changes in their diet
that are effective in risk reduction."
"I saw many people who had advanced heart disease
and I was so frustrated because I knew if they just
knew how to do the right thing, simple lifestyle and
diet steps, that the entire trajectory of their life
and health would have been different."
- Mehmet Oz