I challenge anyone who wants to lower their cholesterol, lower their blood pressure, lower their blood glucose, lose weight, reduce inflammation, et al., to try their eating style.* For those who follow it exclusively, I've never seen it fail.1
Here's Dr. Esselstyn's book. Lots of positive feedback in the comments.
From Esselstyn's website:
"The patients in Dr. Esselstyn’s initial study came to him with advanced coronary artery disease. ... The 17 patients in the study had 49 cardiac events in the years leading up to the study, and had undergone aggressive treatment procedures. Several had multiple bypass operations. After beginning the eating plan, there were no more cardiac events in the group within a 12-year period.* Fat-free, plant-based (vegan) diet. Excludes all meat, fish, eggs, and dairy - cheese, yogurt, butter, etc. It's not a typical vegan diet since it excludes added fat/oil and there are no packaged/processed foods, e.g. foods made from flour (bread). It is essentially a diet of whole grains, beans, vegetables, and fruits.
After 5 years on Dr. Esselstyn’s plant-based diet, the average total cholesterol levels of his research group dropped from 246 milligrams per deciliter to 137 mg/dL This is the most profound drop in cholesterol ever documented in the medical literature in a study of this type."