Since moving towards a plant based diet, I find myself reading the Sunday obituarys and wondering when I see someone lived to be 85 or 89 or 94 years of age, "Were they vegans?"
Does one live longer eating plant based? My father died at 83. He was the steak, hot dogs and "America lives on Duncan" person. My mother is 85 and just quit working at the age o 84. .....
Obviously I have trust issues. Why should I believe Dr. Campbell? Or Dr. McDougall? Or Dr. Esselstyn? My blood panel has improved since following a plant based diet, but according to the numbers the above referenced Dr.s list, mine are no where near perfect. And I have been doing the vegan, oops, I mean the plant based for close to two years now.
... I don't know what to believe anymore.
How about believing the real numbers?
Ask yourself where do people live the longest in the United States and what do they eat?
In 2000, the World Health Organization came out with the finding that Okinawa had the longest disability-free life expectancy in the world—the longest, healthiest lives. And that's what we want, us 77 million baby boomers.
So the National Institute on Aging partnered with me and National Geographic, and we came up with what we think was a very responsible methodology for looking at what things work at extending our healthy life expectancy. We found parts of the world where people lived the longest by two measures: middle-aged mortality rates, which factors out death at birth, and the centenarian rate.
And how does the health of the world's healthiest elders—those living in the "blue zones"—compare with that of Americans?
Life expectancy is as much as 10 years greater. There was as much as a sixth the rate of cardiovascular disease and a fifth the rate of the big cancers like colon and breast. That's huge, because cardiovascular disease and these cancers kill about 80 percent of people over 65 in our country. And diabetes isn't really an issue with this group.
The only "blue zone" in the United States? Loma Linda, California. This is the center for 7th Day Adventist.
The Adventist Church—born during the era of 19th-century health reforms that popularized organized vegetarianism, the graham cracker, and breakfast cereals (John Harvey Kellogg was an Adventist when he started making wheat flakes)—has always preached and practiced a message of health. It expressly forbids smoking, alcohol consumption, and eating biblically unclean foods, such as pork. It also discourages the consumption of other meat, rich foods, caffeinated drinks, and "stimulating" condiments and spices. "Grains, fruits, nuts, and vegetables constitute the diet chosen for us by our Creator," wrote Ellen White, an early figure who helped shape the Adventist Church.
From 1976 to 1988 the National Institutes of Health funded a study of 34,000 California Adventists to see whether their health-oriented lifestyle affected their life expectancy and risk of heart disease and cancer. The study found that the Adventists' habit of consuming beans, soy milk, tomatoes, and other fruits lowered their risk of developing certain cancers. ............ And it found that not eating red meat had been helpful to avoid both cancer and heart disease.
In the end the study reached a stunning conclusion, says Gary Fraser of Loma Linda University: The average Adventist lived four to ten years longer than the average Californian. That makes the Adventists one of the nation's most convincing cultures of longevity
I am not an Adventist. But their WOE is very similar to that promoted here. Other groups that promote a similar WOE have similar results such as the 1000's of Pritikin program participants.
Funny, the Paleo crowd can never explain the above results.