Plant Based Health and Nutrition – Session I

Plant Based Health and Nutrition – Session I

The position of the Medical Executive Committee of SUNY Downstate Medical Center, as recommended by the Committee and Plant-based Health and Nutrition, is as follows:

Plant-based nutrition – emphasizing consumption of vegetables, whole grains, nuts, seeds, legumes, and fruits – can prevent, treat, or reverse certain chronic diseases in adults based on current best research evidence.

The chronic diseases studied most include obesity, high body mass index, hypertension, type 2 diabetes, coronary artery disease, and hyperlipidemia. Plant-based diets, however, are not a cure-all and should not be substituted for existing medication or therapy unless supervised by a physician.

Statements Based on Research Evidence
Individuals who report eating more plants have lower body mass index (BMI) and lower blood levels of total cholesterol, LDL cholesterol, fasting glucose, C reactive protein, and inflammatory profiles than do individuals who report eating fewer plants in their diet. Strong evidence based on over 700,000 subjects in population and cohort studies.
Plant-based diets can reverse existing coronary artery disease (evidenced by angiography) and can reduce body weight, oral diabetic medication needs, and blood levels of total cholesterol, LDL cholesterol, fasting glucose, c reactive protein (CRP), and hemoglobin A1c. Moderate evidence based on randomized trials and cohort studies that are mostly short-term (weeks to months) and have varying rates of adherence to plant-based diets over time.
Individuals who report eating more plants are less likely to develop hypertension, ischemic heart disease, type 2 diabetes, colon cancer, gastrointestinal cancer, and cancer overall in subsequent decades. Moderate evidence based on population and cohort studies that lose some subjects over time and have diverse methods and outcomes (e.g., are heterogeneous).
Individuals who report eating more plants are less likely to die from cardiovascular disease, ischemic heart disease, cerebrovascular disease, some cancers (pancreatic, lymphatic, hematopoietic), and from all-cause mortality. Moderate evidence based on population and cohort studies that lose some subjects over time and have diverse methods and outcomes.
Individuals who eat exclusively plant-based diets have lower rates of obesity, hypertension, type 2 diabetes, and cardiovascular disease than those who eat plant-based diets with some animal products. Weak evidence based on population and comparative studies with minorities of participants on exclusively plant-based diets and with variations in how these diets are defined.
Additional Considerations
The evidence mostly supports increased consumption of plants as beneficial, in contrast to simply removing animal products from the diet. Within the category of plant-based diets there is some evidence that eating only plants is best, with growing evidence that a whole food plant-based diet has more benefits than one that contains refined plant foods.
Many different plant-based diets have been used in research studies, making it difficult to generalize results and raising concerns in some cases (e.g., highly restrictive low-fat diets) about the ability of individuals to adhere to these diets for long periods of time.
Some of the observed health benefits of plant-based diets may be due to other lifestyle interventions that often accompany these diets, such as smoking cessation, limited alcohol consumption, stress reduction, and a greater emphasis on exercise and fitness.
We support the American Medical Association’s resolution from 2017 to “call on US hospitals to improve the health of patients, staff, and visitors by providing a variety of healthful food, including plant-based meals and meals that are low in fat, sodium, and added sugars”


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  2. Until healthcare is no longer a capitalistic for profit endeavor there cannot be longterm wide spread change to prevention. The profit motive is too compeling and too enchrenched.

  3. Fruit and vegetable sounds edible..
    Plant based sounds like sick
    Off putting before I’ve even looked at it, fact
    I eat meat and drink more milk that most people and I guarantee I’m skinnier than the pork pies that are on plant diets

  4. I am now a Carnivore – I eat steak, liver, eggs everyday. Vegetables are toxic for many of us – lectins, oxalates, phytic acids.

  5. Great lecture – great epidemiological stories illustrated with a quite supermotivating case story in the end from dr Richard Rosenfeld . Change your diet toward a whole food plant based diet, keep moving, walk, run, do resistence training, keep active, dont smoke, and avoid processed food, you can avoid and reverse Commons chronic diseases. Push the needed toward more plants. It is all about lifestyle Medicine. Whole food plant based diet is the direction to go …. 🍀💚🐸

  6. I tried this whole plant based thing and even became vegetarian.
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  8. Don’t forget to eat only organic to minimize glyphosate and other poisoning from pesticides, don’t overdo the carbs as I have seen some vegans eat dessert after dessert, because, they are plant based, and don’t forget to take all the supplements you will be missing while you pretend that you are an herbivore.

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  13. Congrats to the new mayor of NYC; but his claim that lean meats, chicken and eggs contribute to diabetes are incorrect. Refined carbs from grains and especially those in corn oil and syrup which are found in virtually every processed food are moreso the culprit.

  14. Was boring clowns like Dr Katz is it only wonder that this world is screwed up. For those of you who think the only thing we need is another know-it-all medical professional who’s going to save us from ourselves this is your idiot! One day this clown will realize that it’s the medical professionals in our government who got us into this mess along with all the lawyers in Congress on both sides of the aisle that don’t do a damn thing except get paid by all the interest groups and the large corporate farms that produce the crap that we eat. The funny part is I agree with a lot of what he says but the problem is our education system and medical professionals who are the biggest bunch of clowns on the planet why because like Dr Katz they simply could communicate effectively and don’t realize that they are part of the problem and not part of the solution

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  16. Right identifying the health issues, but definitely the wrong solution. Vegetarians run into a lot of health issues long term. It’s very hard to sustain and ends up needed supplementation. Not to mention, what fat are they eating if it’s not animal based? Seed oils? Which we know are the root cause of almost every chronic disease there is. I do like that they see that food is the answer, just need to keep questioning what they eat.
    Regenerative agriculture is the way forward, with no till farming for plants. But even the WHO recognizes that the nutritional base is animals, for a reason.

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  20. I don’t know if I’ll ever take the plunge to go vegetarian but I have had a lot of fun these past 5 weeks increasing vegetables in my diet, learning lots of wonderful recipes for veggies on YouTube. And the indirect effect of this is me decreasing my intake of meat, dairy and most importantly processed foods. I have felt full eating large amounts maintaining my healthy weight and have felt healthy and full of energy.

  21. I had 8 sausages and four eggs for breakfast. My blood results are optimal. SHAME ON OUR HEALTHCARE. Nutritional science is a joke, you professionals knew nothing, it’s years too late. Patients must take responsibility for their own health and rely on doctors for accidents and emergency only cuz you doctors cause disease, there is nothing amazing about you, you are delluded.

  22. I love how Dr. Katz took a moment to make fun of the states with the highest obesity by pointing out that they are also republican. Way to ostracise the people that need help the most. At least you were able to inject politics into the conversation to get a laugh from the audience.

  23. an economic study showed although many people know more fruits and vegetables leads to a healthier life style, those living in low socio economic regions just couldn’t afford vegetables from the grocer on a daily basis, to feed their family, the KFC and burgers were cheaper and filled them up faster. Many Japanese and french schools overcome this buy organizing meals at school for the kids to ensure correct nutrition.

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  26. The moringa plant is a good source for all the 21 amino acid and 19 essentials amino acid that make up the body chemical compound so eat up your moringa. I grows year round in tropical weather so throw few seed in the front patch and watch them grow, add one gallon of water to a 12 inch branch submerge in the fertile soil, soon it will leaf that can be use in your salad or a micro green salad over your lunch meal. @

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