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Ornish diet

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  • Healthy diet may reverse aging, study finds - today.com, 9/16/13 - "Ornish and Blackburn’s team examined 10 prostate cancer patients who had chosen to try Ornish’s program, and compared them to 25 patients who had not. They all had early stage prostate cancer that wasn’t considered dangerous ... The program includes eating a diet high in whole foods, fruits, vegetables, unrefined grains and keeping fat to 10 percent of calories. The average American gets more than a third of calories from fat ... The 10 men who followed the Ornish plan had significantly longer telomeres five years later -- on average 10 percent longer. The 25 men who had not followed the program had shorter telomeres -- 3 percent shorter on average" - [Science Daily]
  • Atkins-Like Diet Worse for Cholesterol Compared to South Beach, Ornish Diets, Study Says - WebMD, 4/1/09 - "While on the low-carb, high-fat diet, LDL cholesterol levels increased slightly, compared to decreases of about 12% and 17% respectively, during the South Beach and Ornish phases of the study ... After a month on the Atkins-like diet, study participants showed less blood vessel flexibility than they did after a month on the Ornish diet ... CRP levels remained in the normal range with all three diets, but levels went down slightly while participants were on the South Beach and Ornish diets and they went up slightly on the high-fat, low-carb diet"
  • Ornish: Why Atkins Still Doesn't Beat Low-Fat Diet -  Newsweek, 7/16/08 - "A new study comparing the Atkins diet, a Mediterranean diet and a low-fat diet published on July 17 in The New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM), is likely to inspire headlines saying that the Atkins diet is better for your waistline and your health than a low-fat diet ... I believe this study is extremely flawed. Here's why: ... funded in part by the Atkins Foundation ... quality of data in this study ..."
  • What’s the Best Diet? - Dr. Weil, 6/11/04
  • Four Popular Diets All Good for Weight Loss But Not Equal for Reducing Heart Disease Risk - Doctor's Guide, 11/10/03 - "Patients were evenly assigned to the Atkins diet (low carbohydrates), Zone (moderate carbohydrates), Ornish (low-fat vegetarian), or Weight Watchers (moderate fat) ... the heart disease risk score is based on the HDL/LDL ratio, and the "Ornish diet does not increase HDL, while the other diets do achieve significant increases in HDL,"" - I put the results in table form:

At 12 months:


Weight decrease

Framingham risk score decrease

Insulin level decrease LDL decrease HDL increase % Completed study
Atkins 3.9% 12.3% 7.7% 8.6% 15.4% 52%
Zone 4.6% 10.5% 16.5% 6.7% 14.6% 65%
Ornish 6.2% 6.6% 19.9% 16.7% 2.2% 50%
Weight W. 4.5% 14.7% 8.8% 7.7% 18.5% 65%
  • 4 Popular Diets Heart Healthy - WebMD, 11/10/03 - "the heart disease risk score is based on the ratio between LDL cholesterol and HDL "good" cholesterol ... The Atkins and Zone diets increased HDL by 15%, while Weight Watchers posted an 18.5% gain. But the Ornish diet increased HDL by just 2.2%"