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100 Year Old Surgeon, War Vet, Credits Vegan Eating to Longevity

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With age comes wisdom, and halfway through Dr. Ellsworth Wareham‘s 100 years, the now-retired heart surgeon adopted a plant-based diet after learning about a study out of the Cleveland Clinic proving that a vegan diet can prevent heart disease. (That study’s findings are perfectly presented in the documentary, Forks Over Knives.)

One of the first open heart surgeons in the United States, Wareham noticed a difference between meat-eaters and vegetarians in his patients. He noted that vegetarians tended to have much smoother and cleaner arteries, while meat-eaters’ arteries were often clogged with calcium and plaque. (And we can’t imagine he saw too many vegetarians in his line of work, either!) 

Clearly Wareham’s thriving on a plant-based diet. At 100 years old, he’s still climbing stairs and doing his own yardwork! Wareham counts on 8-9 hours of sleep a night and starts each day with a breakfast of whole wheat cereal and almond milk. 

To learn more about Wareham’s career as a heart surgeon or his time in the military, check out this article here.

Photo via The Raw Food World



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  • Good for him, and yeah to the benefits of a plant based diet!

  • Kelly

    Does he eat gmo food or organic? If organic..then he would be a great spokesman for organic eating

  • Michelle Abrahmz

    credits vegan eating to longevity means longevity is the cause of vegan eating. Perhaps you mean credits longevity to vegan eating?

  • Fallopia Tuba

    I’ve been perusing several sites while I’ve been snowed-in today, and actually vegans supposedly are not as healthy as pescetarians—who are at the top of the heap in terms of longevity, followed by ovo- and lacto- vegetarians. We’re just ahead of meat-eaters.

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