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Effects of 7 days on an ad libitum low-fat vegan diet: the McDougall Program Cohort.

Healthy cardiovascular and metabolic profiles are associated with frequent consumption of low-fat vegan diets.

This study evaluated the effect of a 7 day ad libitum low-fat vegan diet on the biomarkers of type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Researchers placed 1615 participants drawn from the McDougall Program Cohort on ad libitum low-fat, starch-based, and moderate sodium vegan diets for 7 days. The weight, blood pressure, blood lipids, blood sugar, and cardiovascular disease hazard ratio were measured in all the subjects.

At the conclusion of dietary intervention, researchers discovered a decrease in weight, systolic and diastolic blood pressures, total cholesterol levels, serum concentrations of blood glucose, and cardiovascular disease hazard ratios in type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease patients, even after the discontinuation of their medications. The results of this study show that ingesting of low-fat, starch-based, and moderate sodium vegan diets may improve cardiovascular and metabolic health in patients suffering from cardiovascular ailments and type 2 diabetes.

Research Summary Information

  • 2014
  • McDougall J, Thomas LE, McDougall C, Moloney G, Saul B, Finnell JS, Richardson K, Petersen KM.
  • , McDougall's Health and Medical Center, PO Box 14039, Santa Rosa, CA 95402, USA. drmcdougall@drmcdougall.com.
  • Yes, Free full text of study was found:
  • Yes. Source of funding disclosure found
  • The McDougall Research and Education Foundation.
  • No. Potential conflicts disclosure not found
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