Cardiovascular disease remains the world’s leading cause of death. Yet, we have known for decades that the vast majority of atherosclerosis and its subsequent morbidity and mortality are influenced predominantly by diet. This paper will describe a health-promoting whole food, plant-based diet; delineate macro- and micro-nutrition, emphasizing specific geriatric concerns; and offer guidance to physicians and other healthcare practitioners to support patients in successfully utilizing nutrition to improve their health. Today, many early deaths in the United States are preventable and nutrition-related. According to an analysis of risk factors over the period —, the leading cause of early death and disability in the United States is diet. Substantive dietary intervention requires significant efforts by both patients and healthcare providers. For this reason, potential bias may hinder compliance or even create the appearance of conflicting advice. Diet is often viewed as more difficult to implement as it is an intrinsic part of culture, family, and self-identity. Recommending a diet that is widely divergent from either the patient’s or attendant physician’s personal choice may be likened to social discordance surrounding smoking in the s through early s. At that time, the majority of physicians smoked but nonetheless were increasingly responsible for beginning office visits with advice discouraging smoking. With accumulating scientific evidence supporting its health advantages, whole food, plant-based diets are steadily on the rise.
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