Food As Medicine: Doctors Newest Drug of Choice

Food As Medicine: Doctors Newest Drug of Choice

Did you know…

  • 78 million people struggle with hypertension
  • 120 million (about half of the adult population) are diabetic or prediabetic
  • About 70 million people are candidates for statin therapy (medications such as Lipitor and Crestor used to lower cholesterol)
  • 2/3 of the population is overweight or obese
  • The number of those suffering from diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and full-blown cardiovascular disease is rising

All of these health concerns have led to widespread use of prescription medications at an astronomical cost. In 2014, doctors prescribed about $374 billion worth of pharmaceuticals. That’s before the introduction of a new class of injectable cholesterol-lowering drugs (PCSK9 Inhibitors), which cost $14,600 per patient per year.

Medications are not benign. Statins cause adverse side effects in approximately 20 percent of patients, including muscle aches, changes in mental acuity, and liver function issues. In addition, statins are known to increase the risk of diabetes. So, while cholesterol levels are improving, other health issues are deepening, and patients may end up worse off than before.

So, what’s the alternative? How can cholesterol be lowered while improving the body’s health all-around? Food is the answer.

Dr. Elizabeth Klodas, a practicing cardiologist and the founder of Step One Foods, has spent the last 10 years creating a solution that delivers the health benefits from food that pharmaceuticals deliver from medication. Basically, the food, packed in single-serve doses, is made exclusively with ingredients that are known to improve blood sugar, promote weight loss, and best of all, help lower cholesterol.

Dr. Klodas isn’t the only doctor that understands the downfalls of pharmaceuticals and the perks of healthy eating. President of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine, Dr. David Katz, says that many studies show that eating, exercising, and living optimally cut the risk of chronic disease by about 80%. No drug can compete with those statistics.

Better health starts with your lifestyle choices. Pharmaceuticals are not always the answer.

To learn more, check out this article from the Chicago Tribune.

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