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