Doctors in India Prescribe Plant-Based Foods
With veganism on the rise all around the world, a team of physicians is going to medical colleges in India to teach prospective doctors about the advantages of a plant-based diet. Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, led by Dr Neal Barnard, has chosen 11 medical colleges in the first phase of the campaign to educate medical students about the preventive and curative benefits of a plant-based diet. Barnard is an adjunct associate professor of medicine at the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences in Washington, DC. He has been a very vocal advocate of a vegan lifestyle.

Barnard has written several books and maintains a blog about the power of a healthy vegan diet in preventing and treating obesity, cardiovascular disease, cancer, and other deadly ailments. In his widely acclaimed book Dr. Neal Barnard’s Program for Reversing Diabetes, he reveals how a plant-based diet can prevent and even reverse diabetes, explaining how plant-based foods repair and support the health of a person’s cells. Studies by Barnard and his associates show that by adopting a low-fat, plant-based diet, free of all animal products and added oil, people can reduce their cholesterol, control their blood pressure, and lose weight.

Dr James Loomis, who is leading PCRM’s tour of medical colleges in India, says,

It’s critical that we train the next generation of physicians in India and around the world to share this life saving message with their patients.

The first phase of the tour will reach future doctors studying in Bhopal, Chandigarh, New Delhi, Hyderabad, Mumbai, Pune, Bangalore, and Chennai.

According to an International Diabetes Foundation report, more than 72 million people in India have diabetes and millions more suffer the disease undiagnosed. The number of diabetic people in the country is expected to double by 2045.

Cardiovascular disease is also escalating and has been a leading cause of death in India. In 2016 alone, an estimated 62 million years of life were lost to premature deaths from heart disease.

Researchers have found that eating plant-based foods can prevent Type 2 diabetes and lower the risk of cardiac diseases by 40 percent.

There is no doubt that a vegan diet is best for maintaining good health. And a plant-based diet helps protect the planet and spares countless animals a life of misery. Animal agriculture is responsible for massive environmental degradation. It is a leading cause of climate change, producing more greenhouse gas than all means of transportation combined. And factory farms subject animals to unimaginable abuse.

Now, with more people becoming aware of the benefits of a plant-based diet, there has never been a better time to leave all animal products off your plate and embrace a healthy and compassionate vegan diet. Click here to get started. 
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