Preventive Measures Focus on Plant-Based Nutrition to Achieve Optimal Health

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This blog was provided by The Plant Based Nutrition Support Group

Based on recent analysispreventive healthcare is now the primary focus of intervention to stop the global rise in chronic disease, especially heart disease, obesity, and diabetes, which are the leading causes of death and disability in the United States. Preventive medicine encourages actions that promote health and emphasizes the benefits of prevention. Many medical establishments now promote preventive lifestyle changes, and the number of these facilities is growing due to increasing evidence of the benefits of plant-based foods. Today’s patients now expect their practitioners to address therapeutic lifestyle changes as part of the medical treatment planning process. With the steady increase of the cost of prescription drugs and the vast side effects, it’s no wonder that people are beginning to return to more holistic practices such as using food as medicine if their medical situation allows 

The medicinal properties of food have long been known and used to prevent and reverse a host of ailments. Today, research shows that many of the chronic diseases our population suffers from can be mitigated through everyday lifestyle changes such as adopting a whole food plant-based diet, increasing exercise, eliminating chronic stress and engaging in community activities. The great news is these all boast positive side effects and the financial costs pale in comparison to the cost of pharmaceutical drugs and procedures. It is important to note that everyone’s situation is different. While research supports the positive benefits of these lifestyle changes, they are not always an easy option for everyone. 

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One of the foremost experts on using food as medicine is The Plant Based Nutrition Support Group (PBNSG) which is a large and fast-growing non-profit organization dedicated to evidence-based education and advocacy of plant-based whole food nutrition and an active lifestyle, to help prevent or reverse chronic disease and achieve optimal health. PBNSG was founded in 2013 by Paul Chatlin and Dr. Joel Kahn, MD, has almost 7,000 members, and is headquartered near Detroit, MI. The non-profit shares whole food, plant-based resources for those interested in the prevention or reversal of disease through optimal nutrition and offers support services and outreach nationwide. PBNSG is in the process of expanding and developing branches across the U.S. and Canada to help promote a plant-based lifestyle and prevention, and offer more services, to an even larger population.  

The Plant Based Nutrition Support Group works with area and nationwide practitioners as part of their mission to help disrupt the increase of chronic disease and to promote lifestyle changes. PBNSG also works with the community through plant-based culinary and transition classes, small groups, and medical practitioner lecture series. They also host prominent clinicians, educators, and researchers, who are experts in their fields, to promote preventive healthcare by following a plant-based lifestyle. For additional information about PBNSG, ​please visit www.pbnsg.org 

This blog was provided by The Plant Based Nutrition Support Group