Evidence for Our Program
Our 12-week lifestyle medicine program provides online health coaching and education on 5 domains of wellbeing: whole food, plant-forward nutrition, movement, mindset and social support and resilience. Our pilot programs have shown a mean weight reduction of 6.9 lbs in 85% of our participants of the 12-week program. 85% of participants with prediabetes experienced a reduction in hemoglobin A1c, while 100% of those with diabetes had a mean hemoglobin A1c reduction of 1.1. We have also helped 35% of participants on pharmacotherapy, eliminate medication (antihypertensives and metformin).
Studies have shown the ability of plant-based nutrition to reverse chronic disease including coronary artery disease. The BROAD study found a statistically significant reduction in BMI and cholesterol in those following a plant-based diet. Furthermore, Dean Ornish’s research showed regression of coronary atherosclerosis after 5 years of a plant-based diet in addition to lifestyle changes and found that it reduced cardiac events by half. Caldwell Esselstyn’s research on a whole food plant-based diet also demonstrated a significant reduction in major cardiac events in adherent patients.
Furthermore, a 2016 comprehensive literature review supports a plant-based diet as medical nutrition therapy for diabetes based on its ability to reduce fasting blood glucose, hemoglobin A1c, body mass index and reduce medication use.
The Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP), a lifestyle and diet intervention program, reduces the risk of diabetes by half in a population at risk. It has been successfully adapted to the online setting, and we are taking this concept a step further by providing our participants with additional education and support to transition to plant-forward nutrition habits.
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