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Kaiser Permanente Recommends Vegan Diet For Health

June 29, 2013

Well-known health care provider, Kaiser Permanente, published an article in its medical science journal recommending that physicians consider a plant-based diet for all patients. The article said, “Healthy eating may be best achieved with a plant-based diet, which we define as a regimen that encourages whole, plant-based foods and discourages meats, dairy products, and eggs as well as all refined and processed foods … Physicians should consider recommending a plant-based diet to all their patients, especially those with high blood pressure, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, or obesity.

You can read the full report here, but there are some interesting comments within the report. Such as:

The purpose of this article is to help physicians understand the potential benefits of a plant-based diet, to the end of working together to create a societal shift toward plant-based nutrition. There is at least moderate-quality evidence from the literature that plant-based diets are associated with significant weight loss and a reduced risk of cardiovascular disease and mortality compared with diets that are not plant based. These data suggest that plant-based diets may be a practical solution to prevent and treat chronic diseases.

And this:

Physicians should advocate that it is time to get away from terms like vegan and vegetarian and start talking about eating healthy, whole, plant-based foods (primarily fruits and vegetables) and minimizing consumption of meat, eggs, and dairy products. Physicians should be informed about these concepts so they can teach them to staff and patients.

Our snarky comment: Heaven forbid physicians to use the word VEGAN!

Kaiser Permanente Recommends Vegan Diet For Health.

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  1. Beedee
    July 5, 2013 at 1:56 pm | #1

    This is horrible advice for anyone with metabolic problems; your typical type 2 diabetic would have to increase their medication to keep their blood sugars under control with a high carb diet like this. The suggestion that this diet is good for everyone-especially those with metabolic challenges-is dangerous.

    • July 5, 2013 at 6:21 pm | #2

      I think you’re wrong in making such a global assumption, Beedee. Most people with diabetes are already eating a high-carb diet anyway and the carbs they are eating are far worse than the ones that they would eat following a vegan diet. In an ideal world, all people with diabetes and other metabolic disorders would be working with a nutritionist that could help them make good food choices. Additionally, many people with diabetes would lose weight on a vegan diet & might not even need to be on medication any more.

    • Laura
      July 5, 2013 at 7:01 pm | #3

      I totally agree with you Beedee. As a diabetic with metabolic syndrome, a diet like this would kill me. I used to eat that way and it is why I am diabetic and have metabolic issues. One size fits all is ridiculous and physicians should know better. Are they nuts or someone pushing and agenda of their own.

  2. July 5, 2013 at 5:02 pm | #4

    I wouldn’t take my dog to a Kaisar doctor or hospital.

  3. Poopsie
    July 5, 2013 at 9:12 pm | #5

    If vegan diets were healthy, you wouldn’t need to supplement them with B12. If the medical community knew its butt from its elbow about nutrition, the country wouldn’t have gone from 10% obesity to 35% obesity in the last 50 years. These are the same people who told us that grazing is natural for humans – moooo!

    • July 6, 2013 at 9:35 am | #6

      Please keep in mind that in our omnivorous society, the grocery stores, drug stores, internet, and health food stores have aisles filled with supplements. The fact that vegans supplement by one B12 regularly – not even daily since it stores in our systems for long periods of time – is quite laughably minor compared with all the supplements that the meat eating, dairy eating population seem to need.

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