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| Post published on June 2, 2008
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Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients may be able to reduce their high risk of heart disease and stroke with a gluten-free vegan diet say researchers at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm. 38 volunteers with RA, following the test diet for one year, showed a significant drop in their levels of ‘bad’ cholesterol compared to a control group eating a non-vegan low-fat wholegrain diet. RA affects around 350,000 people in the UK.

Elkan, A.C., Sjöberg, B., Kolsrud, B., Ringertz, B., Hafström, I., Frostegård, J. 2008. Gluten-free vegan diet induces decreased LDL and oxidized LDL levels and raised atheroprotective natural antibodies against phosphorylcholine in patients with rheumatoid arthritis: a randomized study. Arthritis Research and Therapy. 10 (2) R34.

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Dr. Justine Butler
I joined Viva! as a health campaigner in 2005 after graduating from Bristol University with a PhD in molecular biology. My scientific training helped me research and write numerous reports, guides and fact sheets for Viva! including Meat the Truth, Fish-Free for Life, One in Nine (breast cancer and diet) and the substantial report on the detrimental health effects of consuming dairy; White Lies. This accompanied Viva!’s report The Dark Side of Dairy which spelt out the inherent cruelty of dairy farming. We were the first UK group to take on the dairy industry in this way, and many of our supporters go vegan after reading these reports.

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