Published: Oct 6, 2021 at 9:00 AM EDT|Updated: 5 hours ago
NS. LOUIS, October 6, 2021 / PRNewswire / – The American College of Lifestyle Medicine (ACLM) announced the availability of a new ten-part series of research white papers on the benefits of a wholesome, plant-dominated diet for the treatment of multiple chronic conditions. The unique Food-as-Medicine Collection is an evidence-based compilation resource for healthcare professionals treating patients with chronic conditions.
The unique Food-as-Medicine Collection is an evidence-based compilation resource for healthcare professionals treating patients with chronic conditions.
“It is an indispensable resource for anyone interested in using food as medicine in clinical care.”
Lifestyle medicine is defined as the application of evidence-based lifestyle therapeutic interventions – including a full, plant-dominated diet, regular physical activity, restful sleep, stress management, avoidance of risky substances, and positive social bonding – as the primary method performed by clinicians trained and certified in the field is used to prevent, treat, and often reverse chronic disease. Lifestyle as the first treatment option for chronic diseases is often mentioned in clinical treatment guidelines.
While medical professional associations, government agencies and advocacy groups in the US and Canada have their own focus and focus on lifestyle and nutritional advice, the research in the series shows that a common theme is emerging: Consuming more unrefined, plant-based foods such as a variety of minimally processed vegetables, fruits, whole grains, legumes, Nuts and seeds is an important strategy in the prevention and treatment of chronic diseases.
The series was developed by reviewing available evidence of the health effects of a plant-based diet for a variety of medical conditions. Research summaries have been prepared with clinical implications and practical lessons for providers using nutrition as part of treatment. Each article in the series provides a comprehensive evidence guide on the state of research in the field that can aid further learning, peer-to-peer discussion, and education between providers and patients. In addition, the series is equipped with patient-oriented training materials to support the successful introduction of a predominantly plant-based diet by patients.
The 10 parts of the series collection cover the following topics:
- Nutritional Quality: The highest quality nutritional pattern that provides optimal nutrition, addresses worrying nutrients, and avoids excess calories and fat is based primarily on unrefined vegetables, fruits, whole grains and legumes
- Weight Management and Obesity: Plant-based diets help people bypass the obese environment due to the lower calorie density of plant-based foods, which naturally prevent overeating.
- Type 2 diabetes: Many studies suggest that a plant-based diet can be a practical solution for both preventing and treating type 2 diabetes, with potential for drug reduction and remission.
- Cardiovascular Disease: A plant-dominated diet can reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and provide cardioprotective results for controlling, treating, and even improving cardiac symptoms.
- Chronic Kidney Disease: For people with CKD, a plant-based diet that is naturally low in protein has been shown to slow the progression of kidney failure, minimize uremic toxicity, decrease proteinuria, and reduce the risk of complications.
- Enteral Nutrition: Herbal enteral formulas are a well-tolerated option that can meet the calorie needs of patients with eating disorders and provide quality nutrition for healing, bowel health, and inflammation control.
- Reproductive Cancer: A plant-based diet appears to reduce cancer risk by reducing animal protein and fat, especially from red meat, and adding protective fiber and antioxidants to reduce relapse rates.
- Autoimmune Disease: Although millions suffer from various autoimmune diseases such as multiple sclerosis, inflammatory bowel disease, rheumatoid arthritis, and type 1 diabetes, diet can be of great help. Antioxidants and fiber from a wholesome plant-based diet can support healthy immune function and healthy weight loss.
- Longevity and Quality of Life: As demonstrated in the longest lived populations, increased consumption of unrefined plant-based foods and decreased consumption of both animal and highly processed foods contribute to longer lifespan and lower mortality.
- Dietary Recommendations and Guidelines: Major medical professional associations support the consumption of a minimally processed, plant-based diet to protect against chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart, kidney and gastrointestinal diseases, as well as obesity and certain types of cancer.
“The Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation analyzed data from more than 190 countries in its 2019 Global Burden of Disease Report and found that what people eat and don’t eat is the leading cause of illness and death,” said ACLM- President Cate Collings, Dr. It is an indispensable resource for both newcomers and those who have become familiar with the use of food as medicine in their clinical care. “
The series can be found at lifestylemedicine.org/plantbasednutrition.
To learn more about implementing nutritional interventions, visit the training and event facilities at lifestylemedicine.org/education.
ABOUT THE AMERICAN COLLEGE OF LIFESTYLE MEDICINE: ACLM is the medical society for those who are dedicated to the advancement and clinical practice of lifestyle medicine as the foundation of a transformed and sustainable health system. Lifestyle Medicine is the application of evidence-based lifestyle therapeutic interventions – including a wholesome, plant-dominated diet, regular physical activity, restful sleep, stress management, avoidance of risky substances, and positive social bonding – as the primary modality. Performed by clinicians trained and certified in the field to prevent, treat, and often reverse chronic diseases.
More than a professional association, ACLM is a refractory force for change. ACLM addresses the need for high quality training and certification and supports its members in their individual practices and in their shared mission to promote lifestyle medicine at home and abroad as the first treatment option as opposed to a first treatment option Symptoms and Consequences with Expensive, Ever Increasing Amounts of Pills and Procedures. Learn more at
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