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Video: Reduce Your Risk of Chronic Diseases

Simple dietary changes can extend your life.

Another short video from the place where people live the longest explains in 2 minutes how you can decrease your risk of chronic diseases by making simple, wholesome changes to your diet.

PositiveTip: Cut back on the amount of red meat and refined foods in your diet for big benefits.

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Eat Vegetarian and Reduce Risk of Colon Cancer

Vegetarian diets are associated with reduced risk of colorectal cancer.

During a 7 year follow-up of almost 80,000 adults, researchers found that compared to non-vegetarians, all vegetarian dietary patterns combined had significantly reduced risk for colorectal cancer (22% lower hazard ratio). Replacing red meat with vegetables, fruits, nuts and legumes will most likely help lower the risk of cancer of the colon and rectum.

PositiveTip: Choose a balanced, healthy vegetarian diet to reduce the risk of colorectal cancer--and obesity, hypertension, diabetes and all-cause mortality!

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Eating Plant Based Extends Your Life and the Planet's

Vegetarian diet associated with less greenhouse gas production and improved life expectancy.

Researchers at Loma Linda University are providing an environmental incentive to going vegetarian. Compared to non-vegetarian diets, a plant-based diet required 30% less greenhouse gas production. Factory farming approaches to meat production take more energy and produce more waste than plant farming. In addition, researchers found mortality rates for vegetarians were 20% lower than non-vegetarians.

PositiveTip: Consider the effects of your eating choices. Will they sustain you and the planet for the long term?

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Vegetarian Diets and Iron

Vegetarians can get enough iron by making good food choices.

Red blood cells carry oxygen from the lungs to all parts of the body, and iron is a necessary mineral for this process. Low iron levels often result in anemia, which produces symptoms such as fatigue, rapid heartbeat, and shortness of breath during physical activity. Many vegetarians are concerned about how they can get enough iron without consuming meat. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics has a very informative, downloadable information sheet that discusses this topic.

PositiveTip: Enjoy worry-free vegetarian cuisine when you eat with a knowledge that informs good choices.

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Exercise and Vegetarian Diet Improve Type 2 Diabetes

Exercise and vegetarian diet prove to reduce abdominal fat.

A 24-week trial showed that exercising and eating a calorie-restricted vegetarian diet decreases abdominal fat, plasma leptin and oxidative stress markers while improving insulin sensitivity and reducing insulin resistance, compared to a conventional diabetic diet. Weight loss produces better insulin and leptin function. Since both leptin and insulin help to control food intake, weight loss brings better physiological control of weight and appetite.