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The relationship between a plant-based diet and aging

By: Riley Kleemeier

Over time, plant-based diets have grown more and more in popularity. While the choice to eat a plant-based diet is based on personal considerations, there may be certain health implications which relate to healthier aging.

A new review of the evidence on plant-based diets, conducted by the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, looked at clinical trials performed under controlled conditions, and epidemiological studies, which follow people over time under normal conditions.

The researchers found that a plant-based diet reduces the risk of obesity, type 2 diabetes, and coronary heart disease.

Furthermore, the evidence suggests that people who follow plant-based diets may even live longer. The review discussed “Blue Zones,” a term used to refer to areas where people live longer than average. Residents of Blue Zones tend to have a mostly plant-based diet. One example provided was Loma Linda, CA, where people live up to ten years longer than the average life expectancy for Californians.

The conclusion of this review suggests that a healthy, plant-based diet is an effective approach for preventing various diseases.

To read more about this study, please click here.


The views and opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the opinions or recommendations of the American Nurses Association, the Editorial Advisory Board members, or the Publisher, Editors and staff of American Nurse Journal. This has not been peer reviewed.

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