Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll has credited a plant-based diet for keeping him healthy enough to keep working, as well as making his arthritic pain go away.
The 66-year-old coach has been asked whether he will step down on a number of occasions.
When asked the question on 710 ESPN Seattle’s Brock and Salk show, he simply said: “I’m not retiring, dude.”
In fact, according to Carroll, he is feeling “awesome.”
“In the last 15 years, I’ve never been so healthy. I’ve never been so fit,” he explained. “I’m eating differently. A little plant-based turned me. I’ve had a whole turn. Body feels great. I’m jacked. So if anybody’s wondering if I’m worn out or tired, that ain’t the way it is.”
Plant-based diet and arthritis
The coach advises all older adults to try the diet.
He said: “Plant-based, I will tell you this – put a little shout out – for all the people who have aches and pains and got arthritis and all that stuff that an old coach has, knees and ankles and shoulders and all that stuff.
“It all went away and I’m thrilled about it.”
Carroll’s comments are backed by research, too. One study found that participants who consumed the most red meat were more than twice as likely to have inflammatory arthritis. Red meat consumption has also been connected to the early onset of rheumatoid arthritis.
In contrast, plant-based foods have been found to relieve joint pain by as much as half.
This article was published on January 24, 2018. It was last updated on September 14, 2022 to include new research about arthritis and diet.