COVID-19 Update : New Year and New Opportunities

Hello everyone, and Happiest of New Year’s Wishes for a Healthy and Prosperous 2021!

As we watch this incredible past year fade into history, we are still faced with many challenges for the foreseeable future. As I reported in an earlier blog, the U.S. is the most co-morbid country in the world, with only 1 out of every 10 of us being metabolically fit and healthy. This is largely due to our dietary choices as food has been recognized as the leading cause of death and disability in America, and this fact that is reported regularly in the scientific press is not widely known or acted upon.

“Specific diseases and risk factors, such as drug use disorders, high BMI, poor diet, high fasting plasma glucose level, and alcohol use disorders are increasing and warrant increased attention. These data can be used to inform national health priorities for research, clinical care, and policy.” (1)

Bottom Line: There has seldom been a better time or motivator than Covid-19 related to urging us all to get rid of or reduce any co-morbidities that we may have. The best way to do that is to simply focus on health improvement and lifestyle upgrades, and as I have mentioned, food is the place for most of us to start. So where to start? From what I can read, it seems that shifting to a plant based dietary strategy offers multiple possibilities of health promotion for most of us. Given the facts about co-morbidities driving illness severity in Covid-19, that two thirds of us have insulin dysregulation issues, and 73% of Americans are either overweight or obese, this approach can offer enormous benefits in a pretty fast timeline. Why not get started now and kick off this promising New Year of 2021 with strong steps to safeguard your health and well-being!? As these authors found out, a vegan diet brought a slew of metabolic benefits, including an average weight loss of 13 pounds and increased insulin sensitivity, lower liver fatty infiltration and more. They go on to state:

“Excess body weight and insulin resistance lead to type 2 diabetes and other major health problems. There is an urgent need for dietary interventions to address these conditions.

In this 16-week randomized clinical trial, a low-fat plant-based dietary intervention reduced body weight by reducing energy intake and increasing postprandial metabolism, which was associated with reductions in hepatocellular and intramyocellular fat and increased insulin sensitivity. Conclusion: A low-fat plant-based diet is an effective tool for reducing body weight and increasing insulin sensitivity and postprandial metabolism.” (2)

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We send you our sincere best wishes for a healthy, safe and successful 2021!

Keep calm and eat your veggies!

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