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  • Age-Adjusted Prevalence of Diagnosed Diabetes per 100 Adult Population, by State, United States
  • We saw no change in body weight in control group participants, but an average of 11 pound weight loss in participants in the vegan group. 16 control-group participants began the optional program initiated at their site. These participants attended an average of 46% of meetings and lost a mean of 9 lb. Attendance was significantly correlated with weight loss (r = -0.61, P = 0.01). Of participants who attended >50% of meetings (n = 8), mean weight loss was 13 lbs.
  • As you would expect, waist circumference also decreased in the vegan group – about two inches smaller (or X cm).
  • Hillary and Bruce were our youngest participants, they worked at Geico together. In July 2007 I weighed 240 lbs and had a BMI of 36.4.  During the 20 weeks of the study, I lost 41 lbs, reduced my BMI to 30.2.  More importantly, I also gathered the tools I needed to continue the success on my own after the study ended.  Keeping with the diet after the study ended, I eventually lost a total of 85 pounds and I now have a BMI of 23.5, well within the normal range.  ; I feel that this confidence boost contributed significantly to my work performance and helped me earn 3 promotions over the course of 13 months My boyfriend, following the same diet, has lost a total of 100 lbs and his cholesterol fell from 270 to 150.  He was already developing the preliminary signs of heart disease, and I have no doubt that within a short period of time, one or both of us would have begun to experience severe health deterioration or require medication. 
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  • Dr Neal Barnard

    1. 1. Food for Life Healthy Eating to Tackle Diabetes Neal Barnard, MD President, Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine Adjunct Associate Professor of Medicine George Washington University School of Medicine
    2. 6. Diabetes Prevalence 1994
    3. 7. Diabetes Prevalence 2008
    4. 8. Adventist Health Study – 2 60,903 participants, aged ≥30, enrolled 2002-2006 Tonstad S, et al. Type of vegetarian diet, body weight and prevalence of type 2 diabetes. Diabetes Care 2009;32:791-6.
    5. 9. Weight-Control Study 64 women Moderately to severely overweight Post-menopausal
    6. 11. Weight-Control Study Low-fat vegan diet No exercise 14-week study
    7. 12. Typical Day’s Meals Breakfast Blueberry pancakes or Oatmeal with cinnamon and raisins Half cantaloupe Rye toast with jam Lunch Chunky vegetable chili Garden salad with sesame dressing Snack Banana Dinner Lentil soup with crackers Linguine with artichoke hearts and seared oyster mushrooms Steamed broccoli
    8. 13. Weight-Control Study Low-fat vegan diet No exercise 14-week study
    9. 14. Weight-Control Study Low-fat vegan diet No exercise 14-week study -> 13 lb average weight loss in 14 weeks Sustained weight loss for 2 years 2-inch drop in waist measurement
    10. 15. Nancy Lost 40 pounds Stopped all diabetes medications. Arthritis improved dramatically.
    11. 16. Vance Lost 60 pounds Stopped diabetes medications. Diabetes no longer detectable.
    12. 18. P = 0.01 8.1 7.9 6.8 7.5 Individuals with no medication changes, n = 24 vegan, 33 ADA 7.4 7.2
    13. 21. Plant-Based Diet at GEICO <ul><li>Healthful choices in the cafeteria </li></ul><ul><li>Weekly cooking class and discussion </li></ul>
    14. 22. There were a few missteps along the way…
    15. 23. Body Weight P-value < 0.0001 Am J Health Promotion, In press
    16. 24. Waist Circumference Am J Health Promotion, In press P-value < 0.001
    17. 25. Hillary and Bruce
    18. 27. PCRM 2009 USDA 2011
    19. 28. Complete Nutrition <ul><li>Protein </li></ul><ul><li>Calcium </li></ul><ul><li>Vitamin B12 </li></ul>
    20. 29. Beginning a Healthful Diet <ul><li>Step 1. Check out the possibilities </li></ul>
    21. 30. Breakfast Lunch Dinner Snack Foods to Try
    22. 31. Healthy Breakfasts <ul><li>• Cinnamon Raisin Oatmeal </li></ul><ul><li>Blueberry Pancakes </li></ul><ul><li>• Hot Whole Wheat with Dates </li></ul><ul><li>• Breakfast Scrambler </li></ul><ul><li>• Fantastic Fruit Smoothie </li></ul><ul><li>• Whole-Grain Bagel with Jam </li></ul><ul><li>• Swiss Style Muesli </li></ul><ul><li>• Slow Cooker Whole-Grain Porridge </li></ul><ul><li>• Orange-Pineapple Crush </li></ul>
    23. 32. Lunches and Dinners <ul><li>Chunky Vegetable Chili </li></ul><ul><li>Chuckwagon Stew </li></ul><ul><li>Seitan & Mushroom Stroganoff </li></ul><ul><li>Portobello Mushroom Steaks </li></ul><ul><li>Oven-Barbecued Tofu Steaks </li></ul><ul><li>Roadhouse Hash </li></ul><ul><li>Sweet & Sour Tempeh </li></ul><ul><li>Southern Beans & Greens </li></ul><ul><li>Seitan Cassoulet </li></ul><ul><li>Mandarin Stir-Fry </li></ul><ul><li>Stuffed Vegetable Rolls </li></ul><ul><li>Zucchini & Herb Calzones </li></ul><ul><li>Chili Bean Macaroni </li></ul>
    24. 33. Italian Cuisine
    25. 34. Mexican Cuisine
    26. 35. Chinese Cuisine
    27. 36. Japanese Cuisine
    28. 37. Fast-Food Options Veggie delight Bean burrito, hold the cheese
    29. 38. Beginning a Healthful Diet <ul><li>Step 1. Check out the possibilities </li></ul><ul><li>Step 2. Do a 3-week test drive </li></ul><ul><li>Optional: Use transition foods </li></ul>
    30. 39. Resources www.pcrm.org
    31. 40. PCRM.org
    32. 41. PCRM.org
    33. 42. March 2012: