From an NIH Study:
The proportion of adults seen more than once in the HCH clinics who suffer from various chronic illnesses (e.g., hypertension, diabetes, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) is high—41 percent—compared with 25 percent in domiciled outpatients described in the NAMCS data (Tables 3-3 and 3-4). The high prevalence of hypertension can be explained partially by age, race, and alcohol consumption; but homelessness makes the long-term dietary and pharmacological management of hypertension extremely difficult.
Similarly, compliance with recommended treatment regimens for cardiovascular and renal diseases, as well as metabolic disorders such as diabetes, is notoriously difficult for homeless people. For these reasons, many homeless people are referred to hospitals for inpatient care for the treatment of disorders that in non-homeless people could be managed on an Outpatient basis.”
The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine ( PCRM ) is a non-profit organization that is focused on research and evidence-based medicine to treat chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, obesity, and cancer by prescribing a shift towards alternatives to animal products and ingredients.
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Movies to watch about plant based nutrition…
- What the Health
- Forks Over Knives
- The Gamechangers
- Pure Plant Nation