Aging and Grandparenting: Grandparents who move toward a predominantly or totally plant-based diet will reduce the risk of many chronic health problems such as heart disease, osteoporosis, diabetes, and hypertension or high blood pressure.
Avoiding Heart Disease, Hypertension, Osteoporosis, and Diabetes Aging and Grandparenting
By Jay Stevens
Heart disease, hypertension of high blood pressure, diabetes, and osteoporosis are four chronic diseases associated with aging.
In all cases, a predominantly plant-based diet can reduce the risk of chronic disease associated with aging such as osteoporosis, diabetes, hypertension, and heart disease.
Moving toward a predominantly or totally plant-based diet will reduce the risk of many chronic health problems, four of the most important are:
1. Heart Disease
People who eat a plant-based diet rather than an animal-based diet have much lower cholesterol levels. Plant-based meals are typically low in saturated fat and usually contain little or no cholesterol.
Plant protein may also be an important advantage in reducing cholesterol. Studies have shown that replacing animal protein with plant protein lowers blood cholesterol levels–even if the amount and type of fat in the diet stays the same.
Many scientific studies, dating back to the early 1900s show that people who eat an animal-based diet have higher blood pressure than people who eat a plant-based diet. In fact, when patients with high blood pressure begin to eat a plant-based diet, many are able to eliminate their need for medication.
Kenneth Cooper, M.D., in his book Advanced Nutritional Therapies, writes for those with high blood pressure, "Weight your diet heavily in favor of vegetables. Vegetarians tend to have lower blood pressure than nonvegetarians."
A diet high in complex carbohydrates (only found in plant foods) and low in fat is the best diet for diabetics. In addition to avoiding fat and cholesterol (diabetics are at high risk for heart disease), plant-based diets can help to reduce insulin needs.
People who eat plant-based diets seem to be at lower risk for osteoporosis because they eat little or no animal protein. A diet high in animal protein stimulates the loss of calcium from our bones but replacing animal protein with plant protein reduces the amount of calcium lost. This helps to explain why people who live in countries where the diet is typically plant-based with little of no meat or milk have little osteoporosis, even when their calcium intake is low.
In addition, those who eat a plant-based diet are less likely to form kidney stones or gallstones.
Wow! A better quality of life and more opportunities to enjoy those wonderful grandkids.