Doctor to discuss benefits of a healthy vegan diet

Dr. Mary Clifton will present “Waist Away: How to Lose Weight Joyfully & Supercharge Your Life” at 7 p.m. June 13 in the Cameron Center auditorium in Wailuku.

Clifton, author and founder of Dr. Mary’s Waisters, is a clinical associate professor with Michigan State University’s medical school and a private internal medicine specialist with 17 years of experience.

Six years ago, a routine physical turned into a wake-up call for Clifton. Diagnosed with pre-diabetes and elevated cholesterol, Clifton researched her extensive pharmaceutical options and opted to modify her diet instead. Her blood sugar is back to high school levels, and her cholesterol has dropped by 70 points.

Attendees will learn why vegan diets work to reduce disease through the use of healthy fats and proteins at the cellular level, according to an announcement.

Clifton shares her lifestyle and diet tips in a book co-authored by her daughter, Chelsea Klemens, an OB/GYN physician: “Waist Away: How to Joyfully Lose Weight and Supercharge Your Life.” Her website is

The Cameron Center is located at 95 Mahalani St. Admission is free, and free refreshments will be served. Not reservations are needed.

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