The 8th annual International Conference on Nutrition in Medicine was hosted by the Physicians Committee and the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences from August 6-8.
More than 800 health care professionals logged in virtually to attend the International Conference on Nutrition in Medicine Continue reading “5 Big Takeaways from the International Conference on Nutrition in Medicine 2020”
The 2020-2025 Dietary Guidelines for Americans should reflect the American Cancer Society’s (ACS) new recommendations calling for Americans to base their diets on fruits, vegetables, grains and beans, and to cut out red and processed meat.
The new ASC guidelines say that a healthy eating pattern includes a variety of vegetables (including fiber-rich legumes), fruits and whole grains. It does not include red and processed meats. Continue reading “Eat Plants, Not Meat: Dietary Guidelines Should Follow American Cancer Society Recommendations”
Last year, leading scientific researchers published a report in The Lancet that looked at the links between diet, the environment, and human health. They found that simple choices we make every day can have profound positive effects! After reviewing the evidence, they concluded that a shift toward plant foods can go a long way in promoting human health and the health of our planet. Continue reading “5 Ways a Plant-Based Diet Helps the Planet”
Hypertension, or high blood pressure, is a leading underlying condition for those who have died from COVID-19. In New York, the U.S. epicenter of the virus, 52% of people who have died from COVID-19 had high blood pressure. In Louisiana, 66% had high blood pressure. African Americans, who are disproportionately dying from COVID-19, are at greater risk of hypertension. Compared to white Americans of the same ages, black Americans are 50% more likely to have high blood pressure.
At the Barnard Medical Center, we recommend a plant-based diet to help patients fight hypertension. Continue reading “Hypertension: COVID-19’s Leading Underlying Killer”
Improving nutrition now may be especially beneficial, as the COVID-19 virus is not projected to peak in parts of the United States until this summer, and experts warn that there could be another outbreak this fall.
Although I’m now counseling Barnard Medical Center patients via telehealth instead of across my desk, my advice remains the same as always: Remember to eat as many fruits, vegetables, grains and beans as circumstances allow (frozen fruits and vegetables, pasta, and dried or canned beans are all great options) to help boost immunity and reduce the risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes and asthma Continue reading “Diet Can Fight Diseases Linked to Poor COVID-19 Outcomes”