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Ben asked in Food & DrinkVegetarian & Vegan · 1 month ago

Could a vegan diet reverse atherosclerosis?

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  • Megumi
    Lv 6
    1 month ago

    No, it is outrageous to even ask such a question. PeTA tells many lies and tries to shock people with staged videos. They want to use emotions against people, just as politicians and religious leaders do. 

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  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    No, it will be better that you just reduce your intake of red meat and high-fat dairy, which can raise your bad cholesterol. However chicken and turkey are cholesterol neutral and fish can actually reduce your bad and overall cholesterol. So the best diet for you would best be described as flexi-pollo-pescatarian.

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  • 1 month ago

    It cant once you already have it!But you can improve the quality of life and stop falling down,which atherosclerosis brings!Stop by the already achieved brink is what IS possible!

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  • 1 month ago

    "Could a vegan diet reverse atherosclerosis?"

    The short answer is that no a strict vegetarian diet can NOT be guaranteed to reverse atherosclerosis. The fact is that the human body creates the vast majority of, if not all blood serum cholesterol, especially in cases of vegetarians and vegans, who follows the strict vegetarian diet. Many vegans who has been vegan for thirty five years, or even longer are often shocked when they're told that they have high cholesterol. UP TO  fifteen percent of blood serum levels of cholesterol is dietary.  

    Anyone vegetarian, vegan or otherwise anyone that follows a healthy diet, that has a genetic predisposition for high cholesterol and/or high triglycerides, can not prevent or reverse atherosclerosis. As for the article that was linked to, it does not state that a strict vegetarian  diet will lower the risks, but rather a more plant based diet CAN POSSIBLY reverse atherosclerosis.

    Just as there's compelling evidence for a more plant based diet, there's also equally evidence that shows to the contrary, regarding the reversal of atherosclerosis. Studies can be great, in that they can show possibilities and potential. They however are NOT a locked in guarantee of things where both health and diet are concerned. You can have three different studies setup but in each case, it's going to depend on the intent of those studies. In essence the study and it's results will often result in confirmation bias. However that does NOT totally, or wholly invalidate any of them. However documentaries are of a different matter. MOST all tends show the bias of the one, or the group creating the documentary.

    • Dima1 month agoReport

      Which "genetic predisposition"? What are you talking about?

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  • Louis
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    Yes. and there is a ton of evidence. In the documentary Forks Over Knives, Dr, Campbell has a great explanation of how it works. 

    Or you could read one or more of these articles

    https://www.virtua.org/articles/prevent-and-revers...

    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC43153...

    https://www.pcrm.org/health-topics/heart-disease

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    • Megumi
      Lv 6
      1 month agoReport

      ones. You have Confirmation Bias and do Quote Mining, so you have no logical objective arguments. 

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  • CB
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    No you can't unclog the plaque on your arteries. You can eat a healthier diet, more unsaturated fats, fat free dairy, limit all meat products, exercise, much more fiber, etc.

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  • Janet
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    No. The plaque is already there.

    It MIGHT help keep you from building up MORE inside your arteries, but exercise does that too, and so does JUST cutting our animal fats (so you'd be eating chicken without skin, eating seafood) ...

    and a LOT of atherosclerosis is determined by genetics that no dieting or exercise will affect.

    Statins (medications) seem to help, but they have some pretty serious side effects. So it you are not in too-bad shape, I would try exercizing more and cut out high-cholesterol foods (including pork, beef, butter) and take in more health oils (eating avocados, cooking with olive oil). See if that helps reverse your cholesterol levels.

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