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I've read stories about diabetes being reversed and cancer growth halting. All seems a little too good to be true. Like, if it really was this easy, why wouldnt docs be prescribing plant-based diets?<br><br>
Did your cholesterol improve? Blood pressure improve? Anything?<br><br>
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Some doctors do.<br><br>
My fathers blood pressure, cholesterol, triglycerides all went from "you're going to die in five years" to very healthy.<br><br><br>
His doctor didn't prescribe it to him, because A) He doesn't go to doctors, and B) He changed because he felt eating animals was wrong, him living longer was just a bonus.
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>JerseyVegan</strong> <a href="/forum/post/2978864"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
I've read stories about diabetes being reversed and cancer growth halting. All seems a little too good to be true. Like, if it really was this easy, why wouldnt docs be prescribing plant-based diets?<br><br>
Did your cholesterol improve? Blood pressure improve? Anything?<br><br>
TIA!</div>
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Many doctors do prescribe it. But, do you honestly think people will follow that prescription? People can't even lose weight and keep it off eating a non-plant based diet. 99% of people gain weight back once they lose it b/c the refuse to commit. People with cancer refuse to quit smoking. People with liver cirrhosis refuse to quit drinking. In order for the "magic" cure to work, people have to actually put the effort in and stick to it. With veganism the ones who actually eat a healthy vegan diet DO see results. It does cure their issues. It's documented all over the place.
 

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Before going vegan. I had <b>several</b> vitamin deficiencies, overweight, moderate acne/skin crap problems. It has been a year and a half since I went vegan and all of my blood test results always come back normal now. I am a healthy, normal weight, could even afford to gain some weight! lol. And lastly, my skin is A LOT better.
 

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I went to the doctor recently for a couple of things and to check on the lab work I had done a few months ago. Everything checked out fine except my cholesterol went up. I had not had it checked in years. I'm not happy about it. I just really need to lose some weight.
 

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Yeah, a little bit. Skin is still terrible and acne still scars easily though :/
 

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Being prescribed a vegan diet must be the coolest thing on the face of the planet.<br><br>
I'd love to have a piece of paper that states "medicine; none, just eat vegan!" or something. But I'm already vegan, so it's moot.<br><br>
Prescribing a vegan diet is probably harder than it sounds on paper. Many people just wouldn't do it, wouldn't know what to eat or may even think it's unhealthy. Fast food and meat is prevalent in society, and even though vegetarianism and veganism is growing, it's still misunderstood conceptually.<br><br>
Also, I haven't visited a doctor in years, so I don't have hard evidence. Arbitrarily, I can say I feel healthier and definitely think clearer.
 

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I periodically track in Spark People just to keep calories and nutrients in check (I have some food sensitivities so my diet is a little limited). I found that as an omni, I struggled to get enough iron and calcium; I seem to get a LOT more of these nutrients now.<br><br>
Also, my boyfriend has had health issues with his kidneys due to a childhood illness, and says that since he went vegan his doctor has been amazed at his labs when he goes in for checkups. Apparently, omni kidney patients have to track their protein intake pretty carefully to avoid overloading their kidneys, but plant-based protein does not have the same effect and he can eat pretty much whatever he wants and get amazing lab numbers.
 

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I found a few noticable differences. My skin cleared up a little (although I still get a few spots now and then) and my nails got a little stronger. However, I didn't lose any weight like I had hoped but that is bcecause I love experimenting with vegan baking so I tend to eat a lot of cake, cookies and cupcakes. I think the longer term benefits are what I'm hoping for: decreased risk of cancer and diabeties, longer life, etc.. Those are the things that are harder to measure but huge health advantages.
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>JerseyVegan</strong> <a href="/forum/post/2978864"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
I've read stories about diabetes being reversed and cancer growth halting. All seems a little too good to be true. Like, if it really was this easy, why wouldnt docs be prescribing plant-based diets?<br><br>
Did your cholesterol improve? Blood pressure improve? Anything?<br><br>
TIA!</div>
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I'm pre-diabetic, and ever since I switched to a vegan diet I've actually felt my body regulate itself better in terms of blood sugar highs and lows. It's also helped to stabilize my moods (I'm bipolar/depressive) and calm my anxiety, which was certainly a pleasant surprise!! The other day I had a visit with my general practitioner to discuss medical record updates for my upcoming move, and I told her that I've switched to a vegan diet. I told her all of the effects it's had on my body, as mentioned above, along with the fact that it's helping me lose weight at a healthy pace (which I really need to do). She was not only impressed, but also very excited to see that I made such a healthy change in my lifestyle. After writing up a lab sheet for me to go take routine tests for my pre-diabetes, medications, and cholesterol levels (I have borderline high cholesterol), she said that she won't be surprised if my vegan diet is also positively reflected in my test results. Woot!
 

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I didn't have bad health when I went vegan so no, cholesterol and b.p. didn't change.
 
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