Before beginning any new diet, a patient should consult with a qualified health professional.
The Ornish diet should not be used in place of a more proven traditional treatment for heart disease or prostate cancer unless a patient is directed to do so by a qualified health professional.
There have been no reported adverse effects while following the Ornish diet under the supervision of a physician.
Repeated large fluctuations in bodyweight have been associated with many adverse effects including increased mortality. Cyclical radical changes in bodyweight like one might experience by going back and forth between the Ornish diet and the average American diet might increase the risk of these adverse health outcomes. In addition, very low fat diets, while they decrease LDL, or bad cholesterol, have also been shown to decrease HDL or good cholesterol, as well as increase triglycerides (TGs) in the short run. While current available evidence with the Ornish diet does not support this theory, the long-term effects have not been well studied.
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