How long does it take to reduce cardiovascular risk by changing what you eat?
This research was conducted to investigate the effect on cardiovascular risk factors using only food (McDougall J, et.al., 2014). 1615 people participated in this research. The protocol was implemented for only 7 days, and measurements of weight, blood pressure, blood sugar, and blood lipids were measured at the start of the study and 7 days later. The participants consumed a low-fat (â‰¤10% of calories), high-carbohydrate (~80% of calories), plant-based diet. Most antihypertensive and antihyperglycemic medications were reduced or discontinued at the beginning of the study. After 7 days the average weight loss was 1.4 kg, total cholesterol decreased by anaverage of 29 mg/dl, systolic blood pressure decreased on average by 18 mm Hg,diastolic blood pressure by an average of 10 mm Hg, and blood glucose by an average of11 mg/dL. This was implementing a plant-based vegan diet. Most people think it will take quite a while to see changes in laboratory tests from dietary changes, but as you can see, that is not the case at all. You just have to follow an effective protocol. Reference:McDougall J1, Thomas LE, McDougall C, Moloney G, Saul B, Finnell JS, Richardson K,Petersen KM. Effects of 7 days on an ad libitum low-fat vegan diet: the McDougall Programcohort. Nutr J. 2014 Oct 14;13:99. doi: 10.1186/1475-2891-13-99."