Ornish Diet Ranked First For Heart Health By US News

When it comes to heart health, the No. 1 dietary approach is the Ornish Diet, according to a ranking of 25 diets by U.S. News and World Report released this week.

The TLC (Therapeutic Lifestyle Changes) diet came in at No. 2, and the DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) diet came in at No. 3, according to the ranking.

HuffPost talked to Dean Ornish, M.D., the developer of the Ornish Diet, who showed that heart disease is reversible by making comprehensive lifestyle changes, including a healthy diet, stress management techniques, moderate exercise and psychosocial support.

“In more than 35 years of scientific research, we found this diet and lifestyle program could reverse the progression of even severe coronary heart disease,” Ornish explained to HuffPost.

Because of this, Medicare is now covering “Dr. Ornish’s Program for Reversing Heart Disease,” the first time that Medicare has covered in integrative medicine program.

In addition, Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield found that overall medical costs were reduced by 50 percent in the first year in those who went through the Ornish program, and Mutual of Omaha saved almost $30,000 per patient in the first year. Adherence has been 85 to 90 percent after one year in almost 3,000 patients who went through the Ornish program in 24 hospitals in West Virginia, Nebraska, and Pennsylvania.

“In our studies, we found that this same diet and lifestyle program also can reverse type 2 diabetes and pre-diabetes, which is affecting almost half of Americans. All of the ravages of diabetes — amputations, blindness, impotence, and heart disease — can be prevented by changing diet and lifestyle,” Ornish said.

Another study showed that the Ornish diet and lifestyle program also may slow, stop or even reverse the progression of early-stage prostate cancer.

The Ornish program affects gene expression — turning on genes that prevent disease and turning off genes that promote breast cancer, prostate cancer, colon cancer, and heart disease. Over 500 genes were beneficially affected in only three months.

“Our genes are a predisposition, but our genes are not our fate,” Ornish explained. “Some people think, ‘Oh, I have bad genes, there’s nothing I can do,’ what I call ‘genetic nihilism.’ They often become inspired to know that there’s a lot they can do — not to blame, but to empower.”

He directed a study in

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