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Letter from Diane Barnett about Health Benefits of Vegan Diet - 8 Mar 2007

I visited your website for the first time today after finding your link on McDougall's community board. I have never seen such wonderful, easy to follow instructions and pictures. What a service you have provided people. I have been contemplating becoming a vegan for a year or so now but I cannot seem to make that leap over.

I am a pre-diabetic and have had high blood pressure and mildly high cholesterol for several years now. Of course, I take high blood pressure meds and Vytorin. Does your experience tell you that I should be able to lower the blood sugar (even though your diet contains many carbs, albeit good carbs), and get off the cholesterol meds, balance my hormones (I am 62 and post menopausal), and lose about 15 pounds by living a vegan way of life?

I doubt if my cardiologist would want me off the blood pressure meds because I have a mild heart valve leakage (aortic regurgitation) and he wants to keep the blood pressure low. But perhaps I could come off of one of them. My doctors seem to know little, if anything, about nutrition. Any personal insights you may have would be helpful.


Diane Barnett

Reply from Frank and Mary Hoffman

Dear Diane:

Thank you for writing and for your very kind and encouraging comments.

We are both older than you are, and have been vegan for 20 years. We take no meds and are in very good health, and our weight remains constant. We have found that the big problem with weight gain is processed foods and eating too many grains. If you base your diet, as we do, on fruits and veggies, including smoothies and large salads with legumes and a moderate amount of grains you will begin to see some real differences within about 3 weeks.

Look at our recipe section and try starting with soups and large salads for lunch and dinner. Add in some veggie stews. Eating like this itís almost impossible to eat too much.

If you have any questions, please let us know.

In the Love of the Lord,

Frank and Mary

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