November 4th Divani Caravel Hotel
The non-governmental organization Α Promise to Animals (ΑΡΑ), in collaboration with the Hellenic Society of Clinical Nutrition and Metabolism, is organized the “Advancements in the Prevention and Treatment of Diseases through Plant-Based Nutrition” conference. This conference took place at the Divani Caravel venue on Saturday, November 4, 2023.
The main purpose of this conference was to inform the Greek medical community and healthcare professionals about the advantages of plant-based nutrition, as supported by research data. The broader aim was to recognize the positive role of this specific diet. The ultimate goal is to shape dietary recommendations based on this data, which unfortunately are not widely considered by most healthcare professionals in our country.
This seminar is the first of its kind in our country, and similar conferences will follow in the coming years.
Goal of the conference
The “Advancements in the Prevention and Treatment of Diseases through Plant-Based Nutrition” conference was the first exclusively vegan medical conference taking place in our country.
At the conference, research and findings related to plant-based nutrition and its benefits were presented. Attendees had the opportunity to stay informed about the latest scientific developments, from recognized Greek and foreign doctors who excel in their respective fields. Additionally, they gained access to information that will contribute to their professional development and the enhancement of their knowledge. This conference focused on providing a better understanding of the role of plant-based nutrition in health.
The goal of the conference was to inform the medical community about the adequacy of properly designed plant-based diets and to eliminate hesitations, based on scientific data. This diet has been shown to be suitable for all ages, based on numerous studies and in accordance with the recommendations of major global nutrition organizations. Furthermore, it is suitable even in cases of increased energy requirements, such as during pregnancy, breastfeeding, or for athletes. Additionally, a statistically significant reduction in the risk of cardiovascular, neoplastic, metabolic, and inflammatory diseases is achieved through a plant-based diet. The high content of antioxidants, anti-inflammatory action, and genetic modifications that protect cells from various forms of damage are just some of the mechanisms by which a plant-based diet has beneficial effects.
During the proceedings, the broader role of this diet as a shield for health protection was analyzed, along with specific references to malignancies, autoimmune diseases, type II diabetes, as well as certain cardiovascular and gynecological conditions. In addition, there was a separate discussion on plant-based diets during childhood.