NEWS ADVISORY: International Congress on Vegetarian Nutrition at Loma Linda University Health to Feature Release of Landmark Global Study on Benefits of Vegetarian Diet

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Release of results from a landmark worldwide nutrition clinical trial.

This year’s event will feature breaking news of results from a landmark worldwide nutrition clinical trial.

Longevity, cancer and diabetes prevention, obesity, aging and sustainable eating are just some headline-making topics that have one thing in common – breakthroughs in the scientific research of vegetarian diets.

Loma Linda University Health hosts the sixth International Congress on Vegetarian Nutrition (6ICVN) from Feb. 24-26 – the only time, once every five years, where some of the world’s greatest scientists and scholars in plant-based diets gather to unveil major research findings and raise some provocative ideas.

This year’s event will feature breaking news of results from a landmark worldwide nutrition clinical trial. It’s the only place in the United States where you can hear directly from the research team.

We welcome you to cover this announcement in person at Loma Linda University Health or you can join a live streaming online.

Date: Monday, Feb. 25
Time: 8:30 a.m. Pacific, 11:30 a.m., Eastern time
Location: Gair Room of the Drayson Center, 25040 Stewart Street, Loma Linda, CA

Live streaming: Join the event live by following these instructions:

The release of this ground-breaking study isn’t the only news-making event at the Congress. Here are just some story lines to be presented at the conference:

  •     The link between diet and longevity. Among the most consistent findings in nutritional epidemiology is that certain diet patterns are associated with lower chronic disease risk over very long follow-up periods. Learn about the latest research showing the link between the benefits of plant-centered diets, limiting intake of processed foods and living longer.
  •     Can higher blood levels of omega-3 fatty acid reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s? Risk for dementia, most notably Alzheimer Disease, rises with age, doubling every five years after age 65 to eventually impact 30 to 50 percent of those over 90 years of age. With an aging population and no cure in sight, researchers have discovered that you can reduce reduced risk of Alzheimer’s with higher blood levels of the omega-3 fatty acid, DHA.
  •     Reducing the risk of osteoporosis. In contrast to an earlier, almost exclusive focus on calcium and vitamin D for protecting bones, recent investigation of diet and osteoporosis has identified many components that affect bone mineral density and risk of fracture. Total dietary patterns that are healthy and balanced and heavily plant based are beneficial to bone as well as to heart disease and other chronic conditions.
  •     How vegetarian diets can reduce body weight. Losing weight continues to be the quest of millions of Americans. In observational studies, people following vegetarian diets typically have lower body weights. A new study of 608 participants who adopted vegetarian diets found that participants lost between 1.8kg and 7.8kg. The upshot? Eat your veggies to lose weight.
  •     How what you eat can hurt the planet. For millennia mankind has obtained the necessary food for its sustenance in a sustainable manner. This isn’t the case anymore. Against the backdrop of current worldwide population growth, particularly the rise of the middle class and its appetite for foods of animal origin, current global food production and consumption patterns are not sustainable. Scientists have recently shown that we have already trespassed several of the safety boundaries that govern planetary homeostasis, including loss of biodiversity and climate change.

Complete information on the Congress, including abstracts of the presentations, can be found at the Congress website

Please click on this link: for a PDF press kit that highlights some of the noteworthy research and events that you may be interested in covering, as well as helpful information to make your coverage of the Congress a success.

To register for the Congress, please send an e-mail with your information to Herbert Atienza at hatienza(at)llu(dot)edu.

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