Most people, including doctors, have no idea how POWERFUL a Whole Food Plant Based diet can be. If you are going to jump in and take this challenge and are on blood pressure medication or diabetes medication, you MUST monitor your blood pressure and or blood sugar very closely. Once you begin to eat foods from the plant kingdom, your blood pressure, (IF you have high blood pressure) may drop drastically in a very short amount of time--days! Once you stop eating foods that primarily keep blood pressure up and replace those foods with vegetables, fruits, whole grains and legumes, your pressure will come down to normal. If you are taking a blood pressure medication and your pressure is normal, you may start to feel a little light headed and dizzy. Your physician needs to check your pressure and will most likely reduce the dose or stop the medication all together--I've witnessed this over and over again! No more blood pressure medication!
The same goes for diabetics taking medications--whether it's oral medications or insulin. Of course, Type 1 diabetics will always need insulin, (BUT, I've seen the amount of insulin needed decrease dramatically), but Type 2 diabetics have come off oral medications AS WELL AS insulin! People have no idea what the POWER of nutrition can do for them.
If you take medications for other chronic diseases such as heart burn, high cholesterol, high triglycerides, arthritis, etc., you will most likely be able to eliminate these medications as well. However, unlike the blood pressure and diabetic medications, you will not have "symptoms". Most people give this way of eating a try, realize they have no symptoms of heartburn and try going a few days without their medication only to realize the symptoms are gone! No more anti-acids or prescription medication for heartburn. Should you have high cholesterol and or triglycerides, the only way to reduce or eliminate those medications is to have your blood tested. Once the numbers come back, you and your physician can discuss the need for any further medication.
Most people just do not realize their options when it comes to taking medication vs nutrition for chronic diseases, i.e., high blood pressure, Type 2 diabetes, high cholesterol, etc. Unfortunately, doctors are just not educated in nutrition--statistics show that doctors only receive about 4 hours of nutritional training the entire time they are in medical school--4 HOURS, not 4 days, 4 weeks or 4 months, 4 HOURS! Doctors are trained to diagnose a disease and write a medication to "take care" of it. Medication (for chronic disease) will NEVER CURE anything! Medication does not "cure" blood pressure--if it did you would be able to take the medication for a prescribed amount of time and then stop it--but, what happens when you stop blood pressure medication and you haven't changed anything else--your blood pressure goes right back up--nothing was cured. Change your diet to a whole food plant based diet, follow the guidelines, and what happens? Blood pressure comes down to normal, no more pills needed. The same applies to any chronic disease.
When you give your body what it needs, your body will heal itself. It really is that simple. Of course, you have to eliminate the foods that are causing the "problem" too--you can't just eat more vegetables, fruits, whole grains and legumes, and continue eating processed foods, meat, dairy, and eggs--you will NOT get the results you are looking for--as science as repeatedly shown, those are the foods that cause the problems.
Again, if you are taking blood pressure or diabetes medications, please have your blood pressure and or blood sugar monitored closely, your physician may need to reduce/eliminate these medications relatively soon after you start eating your way to HEALTH!