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Pritikin diet, blood pressure, statins, nature foods, blood suga

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Nature of Diet, Scientific Studies on the Pritikin Diet, References

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Speical Diets

Aerobic Exercises to Lose Weight

The Pritikin Program for Diet and Exercise was created by Nathan Pritikin.

The Pritikin Program was often described by Nathan Pritikin, its creator, as mankinds original meal plan. Thats because the focus of the Pritikin diet is unprocessed or minimally processed straight-from-nature foods like fruits, vegetables, legumes (such as black beans and pinto beans), whole grains such as brown rice, starchy vegetables like potatoes and yams, lean meat, and seafood.

The Pritikin Program also emphasizes another key characteristic of humankind up until the last century: plenty of daily exercise, including at least 30 minutes of aerobic exercise like brisk walking, weight training two to three times weekly, and stretching, optimally every day.

Research Supporting the Pritikin Diet

In several studies published since 1975, scientists at UCLA and other research institutions have found the Pritikin Program effective in preventing the major diseases that afflict modern society, such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, hypertension, and obesity. The Pritikin Program has been documented to improve cholesterol profiles better than cholesterol-lowering drugs like statins, and has also been found to lower blood sugars, normalize blood pressure, and shed excess weight.

  • A meta-analysis of 864 type 2 diabetics found that 74% on oral medications left the Pritikin Longevity Center within three weeks free of these drugs, their blood sugars in normal ranges, and 44% on insulin left insulin-free. [1]
  • In this same article, another meta-analysis of 1,117 hypertensives found that 55% normalized blood pressure and no longer required anti-hypertensive drugs within three weeks of starting the Pritikin Program.
  • In 2005 UCLA researchers studied the health indicators of overweight youngsters, ages 9 to 15, who paticipated in a two-week family program at the Pritikin Longevity Center & Spa in Aventura, Florida. Finding that diet and exercise can improve not only the cholesterol levels of children but also a wide range of other biomarkers linked with heart disease. Researchers found improvements in insulin, triglycerides, blood sugar levels, and inflammatory markers like C-reactive protein and oxidative stress. [2]


  1. Roberts, Christian., and Barnard, R. James. (2005-01). “Effects of exercise and diet on chronic disease.Journal of Applied Physiology, 98 (1): 330.
  2. UCLA Study Shows Diet/Exercise Program Greatly Improves Heart Health of Overweight Kids - Apr 29, 2005

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