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Dietary Patterns and Whole Plant Foods in Aging and Disease


Part of the Nutrition and Health book series (NH)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxviii
  2. Overview of Aging and Disease

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Mark L. Dreher
      Pages 29-58
    3. Mark L. Dreher
      Pages 59-116
  3. Gastrointestinal Tract

  4. Weight Management and Related Diseases

  5. Cardiovascular and Cerebrovascular Diseases, and Age-Related Cognitive Function

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 313-313
    2. Mark L. Dreher
      Pages 315-336
    3. Mark L. Dreher
      Pages 337-369
    4. Mark L. Dreher
      Pages 371-389
    5. Mark L. Dreher
      Pages 391-415

About this book


This text provides a comprehensive review of the latest research on the effects of dietary patterns and whole plant foods on general health, aging, and cardiometabolic disease risk from major prospective cohort studies and randomized controlled trials (RCTs) and their meta-analyses.  The book extensively assesses the effects of lifestyle, dietary patterns, and specific whole plant foods on the quality of aging; the impact of fiber-rich foods on colonic microbiotia and weight regulation, the effects of which influence the quality of aging;  the effects of fiber-rich diets on the aging gastrointestinal tract; and the role of dietary patterns and specific whole plant foods on coronary heart disease, hypertension, chronic kidney disease, stroke and type 2 diabetes. Figures are extensively used to highlight findings and tables summarizing food composition dietary patterns and whole plant foods.  Tables summarizing meta-analyses and representative cohort studies and RCTs
provide state-of-the-art coverage of the important effect of dietary patterns and whole plant foods on aging and cardiometabolic diseases.

Dietary Patterns and Whole Plant Foods in Aging and Disease will serve as a very useful, state -of -the-art resource for dietitians, physicians, nurses, food industry scientists, researchers, naturopathic doctors, educators and their students interested in the role of dietary patterns and specific whole plant foods on aging and disease.


Colonic Microbiota Weight Regulation Coronary Heart Disease Hypertension Chronic Kidney Disease Stroke Risk Type 2 Diabetes Prevention

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Chief Science OfficerNutrition Science Solutions LLCWimberleyUSA

About the authors

Mark L Dreher, PhD is President and Chief Science Officer of Nutrition Science Solutions, LLC.   He received his education in biochemistry and agricultural biochemistry and nutrition at UCLA and The University of Arizona.  Dr. Dreher started his career as a research scientist in medical food product development at McGaw Laboratories in Irvine, California.  Later, he served as Assistant Professor in Food and Nutrition at North Dakota State University leading research on sunflower seeds, dry edible beans and emerging grains.  During his subsequent 30+ year career in the food, agricultural and pharmaceutical industries, he held key roles in over 150 new healthy product development projects and food-based clinical research trials.  He has authored or co-authored over 50 research journal articles and book chapters.  Dr. Dreher has authored or co-authored two handbooks on dietary fiber and one book on complex car

bohydrates.  He served as the chair of the International Life Science Institute-North American Food, Nutrition and Safety and Carbohydrate Committees and vice chair of the Functional Foods for Health Committee.   Dr. Dreher was a member of the 1997 Joint FAO/WHO Expert Consultation on Carbohydrate and Human Nutrition.   He was a Fellow in the National Center for Food and Agricultural Policy and Resources Leadership Program for the Futurein Washington DC.   Dr. Dreher is involved in the American Society for Nutrition, American Heart Association, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, and Institute of Food Technology.   Dr. Dreher is actively engaged in projects and research related to the role of healthy diets, whole foods, and phytochemicals in health, chronic disease prevention and optimal aging. 

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Dietary Patterns and Whole Plant Foods in Aging and Disease
  • Authors Mark L. Dreher
  • Series Title Nutrition and Health
  • Series Abbreviated Title Nutrition,Health
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing AG 2018
  • Publisher Name Humana Press, Cham
  • eBook Packages Medicine Medicine (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-59179-7
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-030-09641-0
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-59180-3
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XXVIII, 619
  • Number of Illustrations 21 b/w illustrations, 204 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Clinical Nutrition
    Health Promotion and Disease Prevention
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“This book comprehensively reviews the research on the effects of dietary patterns and whole plant foods in aging and disease. … This is a valuable resource for healthcare professionals in practice. It also could be useful to graduate students as a source of key clinical studies in dietary patterns and whole plant foods.” (Amy Hess Fischl, Doody's Book Reviews, June, 2018)