The BROAD study: A randomised controlled trial using a whole food plant-based diet in the community for obesity, ischaemic heart disease or diabetes.

Whole food plant-based diets may improve the conditions of patients suffering from obesity, ischaemic heart disease, hypertension,and type 2 diabetes.

This study examined the effect of whole food plant-based diets on obesity, hypertension, ischaemic heart disease, and Ttype 2 diabetes. Researchers divided 65 overweight participants with a history of heart disease or type 2 diabetes into two groups: the intervention group (fed with low-fat vegan diets with no calorie restrictions) and the control group (placed on normal care). The weight and cholesterol levels of all the participants in this study were also monitored.

Researchers discovered that members of the intervention group experienced more weight loss and significant reduction in plasma level of cholesterol than those in the control cohort. The findings of this study show that whole food plant-based diets may be beneficial to patients suffering from obesity, ischaemic heart disease, hypertension,and type 2 diabetes.

Research Summary Information

  • 2017
  • Wright N, Wilson L, Smith M, Duncan B, McHugh P
  • Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners, Gisborne, New Zealand. Two Zesty Bananas Limited, Wellington, New Zealand. BROAD Study, Gisborne, New Zealand. Hauora Tairāwhiti, Gisborne, New Zealand. Department Primary Health Care and General Practice, University of Otago, Wellington, New Zealand.
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  • No potential conflicts disclosure found
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