A recent randomized clinical trial compared conventional medical care to a combination of conventional care and naturopathic care for people at risk of developing cardiovascular disease.
Researchers randomly assigned 246 postal workers in Canada between the ages of 25 and 65 into 2 groups and followed them for 10 years, tracking their body weight, waist circumference, cholesterol levels, blood sugar levels, and blood pressure.
During the study, both groups received usual care from their family physicians. In addition, one group received individualized care from licensed naturopathic doctors, seven sessions per year, each one lasting 30 to 60 minutes. The naturopathic care included dietary counseling, lifestyle counseling, and/or the prescription of supplements like omega-3 fatty acids, coenzyme Q10, soluble fiber, and plant sterols.
At the end of the study, those who received naturopathic care had a significantly reduced risk of cardiovascular disease and metabolic syndrome (a cluster of conditions including high blood pressure, high blood sugar, abnormal cholesterol levels, and excess body fat around the waist), compared to those who didn't.
The holistic and integrative approach used by naturopathic doctors is the most effective way to prevent, reverse, and manage cardiovascular disease.
Seely D, Szczurko O, Cooley K, et al. Naturopathic medicine for the prevention of cardiovascular disease: a randomized clinical trial. Canadian Medical Association Journal 2013; DOI:10.1503/cmaj.120567.