Have you ever been to hospital for one reason or another, you’re lying in a bed and you find yourself surrounded by vegans? Those pesky vegans, always clogging up the health system!
The general perception of veganism is that vegans don’t get the right amount of nutrients (as though people that often eat McDonalds do?) and are therefore weak and become sick a lot more frequently than a non-vegan would.
In fact, vegans are more likely to get all of their nutrients because they generally do more research about their food, therefore vegans tend to be healthier than non-vegans. In fact, for the first time since we got married, Wonderful Husband (non-vegan) got a cold last month and I (vegan) didn’t.
Yea, I’m trying not to look smug.
But let’s get to the serious stuff, this post isn’t to simply brag about how healthy I am (because I’ll get sick as punishment, it’s just how the universe works) but it’s about telling you that a plant-based diet is fantastic at preventing diet-based diseases as well as even reversing some of them.
The biggest cause of (human) death is heart disease (cardiovascular disease) and it absolutely blows my mind to know that heart disease is incredibly preventable. Having a healthy lifestyle is a super easy way to lower your chances of ever having heart disease. So it’s not surprising that vegans have the lowest probability of developing heart disease, on account that, in general, a vegan diet is healthier than a non-vegan diet and vegans are more likely to eat far more fruit and vegetables than non-vegans. It’s known that a diet which focuses on vegetables, whole grains, and legumes may even help to slow or reverse the disease itself.
Vegan 1, non-vegan 0.
Another strong contender is type 2 diabetes, the most common of the two forms of diabetes. One of the biggest factors in the onset of type 2 diabetes is diet. If you have a bad diet for long enough then you will probably have diabetes. If you have a healthy diet then you probably won’t develop diabetes. Therefore it is not surprising that vegans are incredibly unlikely to develop type 2 diabetes and a plant-based diet is known to reverse the effects of the metabolic disorder.
And for the people that blame their diabetes on genetics…
Last year Lovely April was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes and was resigned to taking medication for the rest of her life. However, after some encouragement from her wonderful (and vegan!) daughter Kasia, she watched What The Health and decided to go plant-based. April is now doing amazing and you can check out her fabulous results on her blog here. She also documents her yummy food too!
If you’d like more information about preventing or fighting heart disease, diabetes or any other diet-related illness using a plant-based diet then check out documentaries What The Health and Forks Over Knives (I’ve linked Youtube videos but Netflix will have better quality videos, also both documentaries have no bad images) or feel free to get in touch with me here 🙂
Getting sick is sometimes a personal choice, a personal choice that will affect your quality of life and the family and friends around you. It’s never too late to start eating better 💚