Role of a Whole Plant-Based Diet in a Patient's Journey to Healthy Living: A Case Report


  • Sushan Gupta Carle Foundation Hospital
  • Karen Wiarda Carle Foundation Hospital



Background: A plant-based diet is associated with lower cardiovascular disease and mortality incidence. This article reports a case of a post coronary artery bypass graft, morbidly obese, uncontrolled diabetic patient who was able to reduce weight, reduce blood pressure medications, and come off insulin with a strictly plant-based diet.

Case report: A 61-year-old man was seen in follow-up post coronary artery bypass grafting. He had a history of hypertension, hyperlipidemia, diabetes, morbid obesity, coronary artery disease post-stenting in 2000, and heart failure preserved ejection fraction. Post-discharge, he felt tired, had gained 7 lb with hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c) 10% on high-dose insulin, and had uncontrolled hypertension on amlodipine, bumetanide, and carvedilol. He was started on a strictly plant-based diet. He was compliant on subsequent visits. At six months follow-up, he had excellent blood pressure and glucose control. He was able to come off amlodipine, bumetanide, and insulin completely. He lost 70 lb and was more active.

Discussion: A plant-based diet effectively reduces obesity, diabetes, hypertension, hyperlipidemia, and heart disease. Epidemiological studies have shown lower cardiovascular and all-cause mortality with a plant-based diet.

Conclusion: A whole food, plant-based diet should be recommended to prevent and control cardiovascular risk factors and overall cardiovascular morbidity and mortality.

Author Biography

Karen Wiarda, Carle Foundation Hospital

Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Cardiology, Carle Foundation Hospital, Urbana, IL - 61801




How to Cite

Gupta, S., & Wiarda, K. (2023). Role of a Whole Plant-Based Diet in a Patient’s Journey to Healthy Living: A Case Report. International Journal of Disease Reversal and Prevention, 5(1), 4 pp.



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