Weight Loss Prevents Cognitive Decline


Weight loss helps prevent brain damage caused by, according to a study published online in Diabetes Care. Researchers followed 319 participants with type 2 diabetes and overweight or obesity from the Action for Health in Diabetes study. Some participants received an intervention, including nutrition education, while the control group received no intervention. All participants underwent brain imaging and cognitive tests. Intervention group participants reduced their weight by 12 percent and improved their cardiorespiratory fitness, the body’s ability to oxygenate the muscles, by 26 percent, while those in the control group lost 1 percent of their weight and improved their cardiorespiratory fitness by 7 percent. Those in the intervention group had a 28 percent lower volume of white matter hyperintensity, or damaged areas of the brain, when compared to those in the control group.

Espeland MA, Erickson K, Neiberg RH, et al. Brain and white matter hyperintensity volumes after 10 years of random assignment to lifestyle intervention. Diabetes Care. Published online March 29, 2016.

–Physicians Committee Breaking Medical News–

A Visit to the Barnard Medical Center


Experienced by Kimatni D. Rawlins

So I made it to the Barnard Medical Center in Washington, D.C. for my first plant-based doctor’s appointment and a tour of the facilities. Thanks to publicist Jessica Frost and Dania DePas, M.A. I was also able to connect with friend and associate Neal Barnard, M.D. and Dr. Steve Neabore to discuss the state of American health. With chronic diseases so prevalent in our culture and growing daily, the number 1 solution we have control over is to correct our diets and eliminate S.A.D (Standard American Diet) entirely. It’s amazing how the plant kingdom is taking over 360.

However, the journey continues since 1.6 million Americans alone die annually from premature death resulting from the top 15 chronic diseases with heart disease being number 1 at 400,000 yearly deaths. According to “How Not To Die” by Michael Greger, M.D., 20 million Americans are diabetic which can lead to amputations, blindness, heart attacks, kidney failure, strokes or death. As it relates to cancer, the three digestive cancers — colorectal, pancreatic and esophageal — kill 100,000 Americans yearly. Yet, the number one diminishing factor in the majority of these cases are the types of foods eaten and lifestyle choices made. How we nourish or degrade our bodies is the key to life enhancement or degradation. It’s time to focus on prevention from smart and positive choices opposed to reaction from negative diagnoses. Eat clean, stay active and energize your life. One Love.

For more information on the Barnard Medical Center or to make an appointment visit www.barnardmedical.org.

5100 Wisconsin Avenue, NW, Suite 400
Washington, DC 20016 4th floor


Thirty Years of Better Nutrition, Improved Research

The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine was founded by Neal Barnard, M.D., on April 16, 1985.



In honor of the 30th anniversary of the Physicians Committee, I would like to announce the opening of the Barnard Medical Center in the fall of 2015.

After years of campaigns to boost nutrition and ethical research standards across the country, we’re looking forward to branching out within our local Washington, D.C. community. The Physicians Committee’s dietitians, doctors, volunteers, and Food for Life instructors have worked together over the years on everything from nutrition classes to clinical research studies held at our office. Now, we’re adding patient care to our roster.

The Barnard Medical Center will be located in the Friendship Heights neighborhood of Washington, D.C. We’ve hired several new staff members—including physicians, a nurse practitioner, and dietitians—and a few additional positions are still open.

Working with individuals one-on-one is a natural and exciting extension of our work to change national nutrition policies on using diet for disease prevention. Not only will we continue to lobby on Capitol Hill and launch nutrition programs in school cafeterias, we’ll also help individuals transform their lives in the doctor’s office!

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