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  2. May 16, 2024

Plant-Based Diets Are Protective Against Cardiovascular Disease and Cancer

Cardiovascular disease and cancer are the top two causes of death in the United States.1 Vegan and vegetarian diets were again found to improve cardiovascular risk factors such as total and LDL cholesterol, weight, and blood sugar control and to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, cancer, and dying, according to a new umbrella review published in PLOS One.2 Plant-based diets have also been shown to reverse established heart disease and type 2 diabetes.3-5 


  1. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Leading Causes of Death. Last updated May 2, 2024. Accessed on May 16, 2024.
  2. Capodici A, Mocciaro G, Gori D, et al. Cardiovascular health and cancer risk associated with plant based diets: an umbrella review. PLoS ONE. 2024;19(5): e0300711. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0300711
  3. Esselstyn CB Jr, Gendy G, Doyle J, Golubic M, Roizen MF. A way to reverse CAD? J Fam Pract. 2014 Jul;63(7):356-364b.
  4. Panigrahi G, Goodwin SM, Staffier KL, Karlsen M. Remission of type 2 diabetes after treatment with a high-fiber, low-fat, plant-predominant diet intervention: a case series. Am J Lifestyle Med. 2023;0(0). doi:10.1177/15598276231181574
  5. Tripathi P, Kadam N, Sharma B, et al. Effectiveness of an intensive lifestyle modification program on type 2 diabetes remission in Indian population. Diabetes. 2023;72(Supplement_1):1790–PUB. doi:10.2337/db23-1790-PUB 

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