Recently, Northwestern University cardiologist John Wilkins analyzed five United States-based comprehensive studies on heart health. Wilkins found that by 45, more than 60 percent of men and 55 percent of women are at risk of developing future cardiovascular issues. Heart disease is strongly associated with hypertension, diabetes, high cholesterol, and smoking, which plant-based experts such as Dr. Neal Barnard of Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, can generally be prevented by eating a whole foods plant-based diet. Additionally. National Public Radio reported via Archives of Internal Medicine that consuming processed meats increases the likelihood for developing heart disease and cancer by 20 percent.