Obesity is a serious health problem which is a primary risk factor for patients with coronary artery disease (CAD). This is the most common type of heart disease and a cause of heart attacks. Phayul.com has reported on Aug. 23, 2013, that Tibetan medicine is effective in weight reduction among heart patients. A traditional Tibetan medicine diet offers a hopeful
form of alternative therapy to combat obesity.
In this study a Tibetan medicine diet was compared with a Western one. A traditional Tibetan medicine diet was found to be significantly more effective than a Western diet in reducing the body weight and body mass index (BMI) of patients suffering from CAD and metabolic syndrome.
Dr. Namgyal Qusar, who practices traditional Tibetan medicine in Dharamsala, India, has said, "This is the first study that compares the impact of dietary and behavioral advice recommended in Western medicine diet and traditional Tibetan medicine diet in a large group of patients with CAD and manifest metabolic syndrome."
In this study it was found that both Western and Tibetan medicine diets were associated with a significant reduction in patients' body weight and BMI after 6 and 12 months. However, these changes were noticeably more pronounced in patients following the Tibetan diet.
Furthermore, this study showed that after 6 months, the levels of total and LDL cholesterol, fibrinogen, and C-reactive protein (CRP), which are markers for heart attack risk, were significantly lower among patients following the principles of Tibetan diet in comparison to Western medicine. This is significant in view of the position by the World Health Organization that the number of people who die from cardiovascular diseases, primarily from heart disease and stroke, will increase to 23.3. million by 2030.