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LIVE IT: Reduce Risk of Chronic Diseases with a Vegetarian Diet

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Published on Mar 1, 2016

Want to decrease your chances of chronic disease? Researchers found that a vegetarian diet does just that.
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Patricia Kelikani (Host)
Health Journalist
Ever crave a juicy steak or tender serving of filet mignon? Well, you may be better off craving something other than red meat.

Dr. Mark Reeves (Host)
Surgical Oncologist
A team of researchers at Loma Linda University Health have been investigating lifestyle and health for nearly 60 years in what’s known as the Adventist Health Studies. What they found is those who eat a vegetarian diet have a lower risk for chronic diseases, which ultimately translates into longer, healthier living.

Dr. Michael Orlich
Assistant Professor of Preventive Medicine
In our study, the vegetarians compared to the non-vegetarians do have a lower risk of chronic disease, a lower risk of high blood pressure, lower risk of high cholesterol, a lower risk of diabetes and are less obese and a lower risk of dying from heart disease ultimately."

Dr. Mark Reeves (Host)
The researchers recently discovered that vegetarians are 22 percent less likely to develop colorectal cancers—the second leading cause of cancer death in the United States.

Patricia Kelikani (Host)
So how can you start eating a vegetarian diet and experience the lifestyle benefits?
If giving up meat entirely is too much, why not reconsider how often you eat meat? For example, try eating only fish, or eat other meats only once a week to experience similar health benefits associated with a vegetarian lifestyle.
The second tip is to eat fewer refined foods like sugar, desserts, snack foods and fast food meals.

Dr. Mark Reeves (Host)
Instead we should eat more whole grains and natural foods like fruits, vegetables, legumes and nuts.

Dr. Michael Orlich
The closer you get to some kind of natural state, growing your own garden, shopping at a local farmer's market. That can be very helpful.

Dr. Mark Reeves (Host)
If you commit to following these tips, you can enjoy the benefits of lowering your risk for chronic disease and living 6 to 9 years longer.

Patricia Kelikani (Host)
There’s your tip for the day on how you can live healthier, longer.

All health and health-related information contained in this program is general in nature and should not be used as a substitute for a visit with a health care professional. Viewers should consult their health care providers concerning any medical condition or treatment.

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