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Vegan diet reduces heart disease risk in obese children

Vegan diet reduces heart disease risk in obese children

A vegan diet has proven more effective in preventing heart disease in obese children then the diet prescribed by the American Heart Association.

Thanks to lifestyle pioneers like T. Colin Campbell of the Centre for Nutritional studies, people are becoming more and more informed of the health benefits of a plant-based diet. The scientific community, however, is only just starting to scratch the surface when it comes to the myriad benefits of this lifestyle especially for obese children at risk of heart disease.

In a recent study conducted by Cleveland Clinic, which was published in the Journal of Pediatrics, it showed that at-risk obese children who adopted a plant-based diet saw vast improvements in their weight, blood pressure, body mass index, cholesterol levels, insulin sensitivity, and high-sensitivity C-reactive.

The four-week study was led by Michael Macknin, M.D., and compared a plant-based vegan diet to the recommended American Heart Association (AHA) diet. The study was carried out on 28 obese children between the ages of 9 and 18, with high cholesterol.

Macknin was amazed to discover that the children who were put on the plant-based vegan diet experienced major improvements in nine areas including BMI, systolic blood pressure, weight, mid-arm circumference, total cholesterol, low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol, and insulin, as well as two common markers of heart disease, myeloperoxidase and high-sensitivity C-reactive protein.

Alternatively, those on the American Heart Association diet experienced improvements in only four measures versus nine: weight, waist circumference, mid-arm circumference and myeloperoxidase.

The vegan diet won by far!

“As the number of obese children with high cholesterol continues to grow, we need to have effective lifestyle modifications to help them reverse their risk factors for heart disease,” said Dr. Macknin.