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how true is it that a vegan diet is good for heart health?

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Dr. Gavin Noble
21 years experience Cardiology
True: Emerging data such as that found in the book the china study suggest that a vegan diet is very good preventing and possibly reversing heart disease. However, there are also data to suggest that eating fish is beneficial as well.
Answered on Sep 28, 2016
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Dr. Rick Koch
Dr. Rick Koch answered
21 years experience Cardiology
Very: Plant based diets have numerous positive effects on all aspects of health (not just heart but i'm biased :-) ). Check out the movie "forks over knives".
Answered on Feb 28, 2016
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Dr. Patrick Weix
Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology
An excellent source of daily nutrition tidbits is Dr Michael Greger's http://nutritionfacts.org/ . Not all plant based diets are equally healthy, and he helps navigate this with research based and often humorous videos.
Sep 7, 2012
Dr. Michael Rothman
34 years experience Internal Medicine
Not really: The long term effect of a low fat, vegan diet is malnutrition. Used for a short time (4-6 weeks) a low fat diet can be employed for weight loss. However, the long lerm effects of low fat diets are miserable. A low fat - high carb diet will lead to high Insulin levels, high triglcyerides, low hdl, metabolic syndrome and finally high blood pressure, diabetes and heart disease. www.edibolic.com.
Answered on May 16, 2015
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Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience Pathology
I say "No": "The China Study" was based on death certificates from the era of Mao's famine, with millions of deaths and supposedly NO heart attacks. The guy was an ivory-tower type who was bamboozled and his promised scientific paper never appeared. The new studies show no benefit or risk from a vegetarian diet in longevity or any category of illness when we control for other factors. Fitness, not diet.
Answered on Jan 4, 2015

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