How Your Body Transforms On A Vegan Diet Part 2

How Your Body Transforms On A Vegan Diet Part 2


Hey, it’s Mic here and today more ways that your body changes on a vegan diet. There are things I didn’t cover in part one that I want to cover in this one, and there are new studies that have come out, and there are elaborations on those changes from part one that are super interesting all in the realm of weight loss, the gut biome, and disease, and so on. Like part one we’re going to look at a lot of studies so I just want to manage some expectations and mention that the numbers in the study like any weight loss or dropping something, is not automatically definitely going to certainly happen to you. These are just averages from the studies. Change number one: Your hair will get messy and your beard will turn red. Right off the bat, one thing that really is the root of a ton of diseases is inflammation. As these studies mentioned inflammation plays a key role in heart disease, it plays a role in Alzheimer’s, ALS, acne, the list goes on. Virtually every disease you can think of. In part one I mentioned you would not have the inflammatory effects of eating animal products, but let’s actually look at studies that quantify this. This study not only found that grabbing a vegan off the street will show you that they have lower levels of inflammation than omnviores, but it took omnivores, put them on a vegan diet, and watched their inflammation markers drop by a third in just three weeks. This inflammation marker is C Reactive Protein which is considered a general marker for disease and it also activates your immune response. Not something you want to have a lot of. Fun fact: C Reactive Proteins have a half-life of 18 hours which means half of them are gone 18 hours after production, so to keep your levels elevated you would have to be doing some repeat damage like maybe three times a day. Get it, breakfast lunch and dinner? Not funny. Unsubscribed. But I think the takeaway here is that having one-third less inflammation has major general implications for somebody’s health. It’s a major advantage when fighting any disease. It’s huge. All right, now for the popular topic of weight loss. Since part one, this landmark study came out in the journal Nature. It showed that a whole food vegan diet is likely the most effective “eat as much as you want” diet for weight loss ever recorded comparable to stomach shrinking surgery. After being put on a vegan diet participants lost an average of 24 pounds over six months. which amounted to about four inches off their waist on average. That’s huge or small whichever way you want to look at it. I have to mention some other findings like medications While the control groups’ medications went up, as they tend to do nowadays, the vegan group was able to reduce their medication by about a third over a year which is huge. Now this is a video about how your body changes on a vegan diet, but how did bodily changes affect your mental and emotional states? Well this study also looked at that. At the six month mark they reported increased quality of life, and also increased self esteem which to me is such a big deal because that’s why these people go on these crazy fad diets which are generally not healthy. But in this case, they got healthier. Their cholesterol lowered and many other biomarkers improved. And I have a whole video on the ins and outs of that study. You can go check that out if you’re interested in the details. Moving on- I’m always interested to see how the vegan gut is different. In the last video, I mentioned that there’s less inflammation and that it shifts to an enter a type that is less disease promoting, but there’s some other interesting details I didn’t get to. One is in the realm of phytates. One criticism of the vegan community, often by the paleo community because as part of their narrative, is that vegans eat too many phytates and phytates are harmful because they bond to certain minerals like zinc. Most people can’t really digest phytates very well. This study actually took people of different diets and got samples of you guessed it, their poop. You didn’t guess it? Well, whatever. and then they added phytase to that to test the microbiome and see how well it digested phytates. Well, quote: How do these videos always end up about poop? Whatever. The point is that once that phytate is degraded, it no longer bonds with minerals. It’s no longer phytate. You might be thinking, “Vegetarians are different than vegans.” I even mentioned that in a previous video which is why I don’t like to apply vegetarian studies to vegans, But in this case it is pretty applicable because quote: It is likely that vegans eat even more phytate-rich foods like those legumes and whole grains, but that concern that vegans should eat more zinc, for example, because the phytate bonds with it, might not have merit after all. All right, moving on from that. A hormone I am always talking about is IGF-1 or Insulin-like Growth Factor-1 is implicated in a lot of diseases from things as simple as acne to how it can fuel cancer in high levels. For example, people with Laron syndrome, which is a genetic condition where your levels of IGF-1 are super low, they essentially don’t get cancer. Here’s a study done at Oxford that looked at almost 100 vegans, 100 vegetarians, and 100 omnivores. While the omnivore and vegetarian levels were about the same, the vegans had lower levels of IGF-1 by about 13%. It’s pretty clear that animal protein boosts IGF-1 above normal levels. The study found a correlation between animal protein consumption and higher IGF-1 levels. And as the study mentions, quote: So this is definitely one of those areas that distinguishes vegans from vegetarians. This might explain why vegans generally have lower levels of overall cancer and in terms of hormone-dependent cancers particularly In the case of the Adventists studies, vegans had about 30% lower female cancer rates while the vegetarians actually had the highest level of the three groups presumably because of the increased dairy consumption. One fun change for men on a vegan diet: You might just get more manly. This study found that vegans had higher levels of testosterone. The levels were higher than both vegetarians and omnivores, and as the study mentions these results did not support the hypothesis of Bacon Tho trolls that eating meat makes you manly, and that vegans have lower levels of testosterone. Fine, that’s not exactly how this study put it. But moving on to a benefit for vegan women in terms of their monthly cycle. From this trial, the vegan diet reduced menstrual pain duration and intensity. Shifting now to the topic of diabetes, another physical bodily change which is very interesting is that of intramyocellular lipids or simply fat inside your muscle cells. As this study co-authored by Neal Barnard that I mentioned in my last video states, intramyocellular lipids are strongly associated with insulin sensitivity which is of course a key factor in diabetes. This fat actually gums up the insulin cells which impedes your body’s ability to respond to sugar and creates insulin resistance, makes your insulin less effective. The study then goes on to mention reports of vegans having 31% lower levels of intramyocellular lipids than omnivores. Yes, the study I mentioned here actually used MRIs to measure how much fat was in the muscles of vegans versus omnivores. The vegans not only had much lower levels of intramyocellular lips, they also had some better biomarkers overall, and the fun part- all while eating more carbs. This is very counter to the mainstream carbophobia and zooming out into the bigger picture this coincides with population studies like the Adventists one that showed that vegans had 78% lower risk of all diabetes. 78 percent. That’s ridiculous. All right, now I want to take some time and make some predictions about some things that have not yet been specifically studied that I think possibly will be in the future. some changes in that realm, and they’re all kind of around this study that I mentioned in part one by Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn showing that a whole food vegan diet rapidly reverses heart disease, unclogs arteries, and its implications. Though it wasn’t specifically studied, several men in his trials mentioned that their erectile dysfunction had reversed which makes sense because as all the studies in my video on the subject mention, erectile dysfunction is often a case of a clogged penile artery. I also have a video on how this applies to women and clogging their genitalia. This just has to do with the entire vascular tree down to your joints, I have a video on atherosclerosis and back pain. But it can even affect other joints like your knees and your elbows. I think we’re gonna see a lot more research on that in the future. Another implication is those fine arteries becoming unclogged on the surface of your skin and how that might affect skin conditions. And the fine blood vessels in your eye that actually has been studied already on a more extreme vegan diet, Dr. Walter Kempner’s rice diet, where they found that they were able to in many cases reverse diabetic retinopathy which is largely caused by clogged vessels in your eyeball. People were able to see again. But what I’m really trying to get at here is that as you unclog entire vascular tree, there are going to be benefits that we haven’t even thought about yet. In terms of like, athletic performance with your lungs getting blood flow there. I’ve talked about this before, to your brain. I have a whole video on Alzheimer’s and clogged arteries in your brain and the list goes on. It’s endless. A lot of these changes really are some of the things that turned me vegan. I wish I could say I was completely selfless and wasn’t blinded by my own habits to the point where animals would be able to turn me vegan, but it was this stuff. The health stuff. But I would say it’s an awesome thing to care about your body. Good on you for watching this and caring about your body. Hopefully in the future I’ll be able to make a part three of this as more studies come out. I will see you next time. Feel free to like and subscribe and all that jazz and I just hit a hundred thousand subscribers! Thank you all so much. Thanks to everybody who shared my videos and liked and commented and all that stuff. I’m coming out with an e-book hopefully next month which will be cool. I can get some recipes, much suggested recipes to you guys and everybody on Patreon who helped me keep making these videos and stick with it to this point. That’s teamwork! Thanks and see you next time.

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  1. Thanks, Mic, for all your help. I was a vegetarian for over 36 years for moral reasons but I was afraid to go all the way to vegan because I didn't understand the science. More recently I was eating two eggs a day from the chickens in my neighbor's backyard You, and others, have helped me understand that I can maintain my own health while saving the animals and I have happily and proudly become a vegan. Thanks you so much for what you do.

  2. If your liver makes 80 percent if the cholesterol on its own, then does dietary cholesterol help optimize testosterone by supplying your body the other 20 percent it cant make on its own? Is the healthiest diet a vegan diet with a bit of fish here and there?

  3. Thank You for all the amazing videos. I find them really informative and helpful. I love how you site all of your research. It's great to be able to read further into it. I just read the China Study and I am now reading Whole. I highly recommend the China Study. Whole is really starting off great too. I think it might even be better than the China Study.

  4. My wife and are I plant based for a week. The meat and dairy fog is lifting slowly and I've lost 3 pounds without trying. Great info in your videos, more please 🙂

  5. Baby vegan I call myself. Started my life style change two weeks before Thanksgiving I feel amazing, my chronic sinus infections have cleared up I can actually breathe through both nostrils miracle!!! I no longer walk around with brain fog, my skin looks amazing I feel amazing, I've noticed when I wake up and walk downstairs my feet ankles knees don't hurt there's no aches in the morning everything works well I'm really loving it. Oh and the food taste better vegan food is just delicious I enjoy apples and oranges and mangoes and all of that I'm loving the new food I'm discovering. Oh yeah and I've lost 6 pounds that's a bonus!!!

  6. What are your thoughts on tofu for men? My husband who is not vegan has been loving my tofu scramble and tofu stir fry. How much should we have a day?

  7. I have a question. I have been struggling with switching over to a vegan diet, I can go a while on a fully vegan diet but then suddenly I am being woken up at night (some nights 3-4 times) shaking and weak as I did before I had bariatric surgery in 2004. Bariatric is a 'cure' for diabetes and I was declared free of being diabetic in 2005. The bariatric diet is very high in protein (60-100 grams of protein per day), mostly meat and my pouch only holds about 6 oz or 3/4 cup, but I wanted a healthier diet and so looked to vegan, however, the "sugar drops" during the night are a major warning sign that I am not doing something right for my own body. I also have only approximately ten feet of intestine that actually digests food so absorbing the nutrients is very 'iffy', often the raw veggies come out looking nearly the same as they went in so I know I did not get the benefits of what I ate.

    So, my question is: Is it possible for someone who has had bariatric surgery to become vegan without reverting to pre-diabetic symptoms? If so, what am I doing wrong? I can only eat so much during a meal, I look at the portions you serve for one person on your videos and I could make three meals from just one serving. I am beginning to think that I can't eat enough to be on a vegan diet and remain healthy. Please help. I cannot find any information on the internet about being vegan and having a pouch instead of a stomach.

  8. Been vegan for over 47 minutes now and what you said at 0:38 couldn’t be more true. My hair is as messy as Nick Nolte’s mugshot and my beard is as red as the bloody crimson shits I used to take when I was a murderous meat eating douche bag 48 minutes ago. This stuff really works guys! Go Vegan! 🌱

  9. I just posted a vegan video on how berries improve brain function. I also show you how I make my berry smoothie using Indian gooseberries, cranberries, strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, black raspberries, and regular black berries. https://youtu.be/8svGXU0YTHM

  10. Dude I love your passion. My favourite source of vegan info! You already have been since this video went live.. But keep up the good work! <3

  11. Sorry Mic, the testosterone levels in vegans compared to meat eaters was not significantly different when they adjusted for Sex Hormone Binding Globulin (SHBG) which binds to Testosterone and makes it UN-bioavailable to the body. The difference in Testosterone for Vegans when adjusting for BMI was 6% higher but SHBG was 6% higher too. I like your videos a lot, but try reading the studies you choose more carefully. Thanks.
    "Prior to adjustment for BMI, SHBG levels in vegans were 16% higher than in meat-eaters (P <0.0001), and 12% higher than in vegetarians (P = 0.0008); adjustment for BMI reduced these differences to 6% (P = 0.02) and 10% (P = 0.004), respectively. Vegans had 13% higher T concentration
    than meat-eaters (P = 0.0001) and 8% higher than vegetarians (P = 0.001); adjustment for BMI reduced these differences to 6% (P = 0.07) and 7% (P = 0.02), respectively. Since an increase in SHBG generally causes an increase in total T, we examined differences in mean T concentration after additionally adjusting for SHBG. This adjustment substantially reduced the difference in T between the three diet groups (adjusted means were 20.3, 20.5 and 21.2 nmol/l in meat-eaters, vegetarians and vegans respectively, test for heterogeneity; P = 0.312)"

  12. I'm a new vegan just over a month. After starting vegan my previous of daily tooth pain from a nerve in my wisdom tooth has gone away. I'm thinking because if inflammation drop? Or am I crazy LoL? I'm sechedule to get it pulled but now I'm having no issues no headaches from it or inflammation in thengum area.

  13. Hey wonderful people! I dont usually comment on videos, but if i could have 30 seconds of your time to fill out my vegan/vegetarian 17 question multiple choice survey for my college presentation I would greatly apprediate it!! https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfsL-ThCL6OeLTMaKWV0wHdKavsKG3njqjV96yQ0T9Uu2jTDQ/viewform?usp=pp_url&entry.863363392&entry.2026055940&entry.1172569212&entry.1813864167

  14. I’ve been vegan for 2 weeks, and I’m not really seeing a difference in my body, in fact, I my muscles have gotten weaker. Anyone have any advice? (Don’t worry, I’m not quitting no matter what)

  15. Mic, what is your favorite foods to help beat a cold? I woke up sick this morning. Nothing sounds good. 🙁

  16. Thank you for your fact check. I have switch vegan full on for 2 weeks now. what I notice is that my bowel movement is finally regulated. I used to have serious constipation but now due to the high fiber I'm able to stay full longer and I don't crave bad food as much anymore. Being vegan is so much easier if you enjoy cooking.

  17. I just discovered your videos, and I’m loving them! I especially like all the science, your clear and concise way of speaking, and even your humor. Keep it up!

  18. I like that you seem to love research, because I don't. I appreciate you. And also, I like your shirt.

  19. I am a brand new vegan, less than a month in… and I can’t tell you what an impact you’ve had on me in just keeping me extremely commited to saying no to animal products. Just tonight I was at a party, there was pizza, I didn’t have any and I just hung out cause I thought of all of the videos you’ve made.

  20. Awesome vids, I'm literally done with meat and animal products… had a horrible experience last night. I woke up this morning and ran to the store to buy so many vegetables!!! I had my first spinach salad and I'm feeling much better. It was never hard for me to eat vegetables anyway lol.

  21. When you say, " VEGAN" , your still not saying exactly what they're eating , so the study's mean nothing..

  22. I have CFS/ME and Fibromyalgia. I know there is an Australian study that suggests a fully Vegan diet reduces the symptoms of Fibromyalgia due to the reduction of inflammation. I know the ME side of CFS/ME has an autoimmune disfunction, so I am hoping that the Vegan diet will help that too as you suggest in this video. As for the mitochondrial disfunction in CFS; are there any studies that suggest a Vegan diet would help with mitochondrial dysfunction? It would be nice to reduce the impact of all my little box set! Thank you for these videos. They are perfect for the newbie Vegan. If nothing else, it's nice to be able to eat a diet I don't need to take antihistamines for!

  23. You are preaching to the choir. I doubt meat eaters are checking out your videos unless they are into some health issues. I have a couple of notes . One is you guys keep talking about autoimmune diseases. I highly doubt veganism cures any of these conditions. .However I am as sure that that they'd don't as you are they do. It is impossible to find studies to support the cure of these diseases by not eating meat. Yes I know, granny cured her arthritis with a vegan diet but i doubt she cured her rheumatoid arthritis. Arthritis gets a lot better just by losing weight. So please don't claim eating meat causes these or vegan diets cures them. Of course the inflammation caused by eating animal products doesn't help. I just know a lot of these conditions have a genetic defect causation component . A friend of mine just died of ALS, I highly doubt he could have avoided this affliction by going vegan, Another point is man do you ever have an uphill battle. I am not American but travel there frequently. I was recently in a diner with a buffet. The entire place was filled with 300 lb people who had multiple plates of meat, cheese and eggs. They then topped it off with ice cream at 9 am. BTW I am now vegan. Your videos are great and I like that almost everything is backed up with a link to a study.

  24. I like that he backs up his information from peer review journals and posts the info to where we can view it.

  25. I totally went vegan because of this stuff. You're an excellent resource to share especially with family and friends I'm trying to explain this to. My husband was totally on team when I started showing him some of the PCRM and Plant Based News doctor mash-up videos I'd been watching, but he's staying more motivated I think because of the animals and the environment (helps me, too, at this point). He also likes the way we're eating and feels way better, but he's less into the granular stuff so eats a little junkier. But, also eats loads more fresh produce than he was just a month ago, and more whole grains and legumes. All that. I almost did a public health Masters back in 1996 when I graduated college, but was too much of a screw-up. But I had come from an intensive BA in anthropology that steered at the end way into medical anthro, and I participated in field research in grad-level public health studies and so on and so forth. So for decades, I've been a snob about people talking armchair about stuff they don't know how to evaluate, and recently the paleo "movement" has pissed me off beyond belief. Before I figured out that I had been buying into a lot of nutritional TOTAL BULLSHIT for years (…so, like two months ago…), I was still telling anyone bringing up "paleo" and "caveman" diets that they needed to shift their focus to PIGWEED (amaranth), ROOTS AND TUBERS, GOURDS, BERRIES AND FRUITS, MAYBE SOME BUGS OR A LIZARD HERE AND THERE MAYBE, or if they wanted to go with the MANY TROPICAL PALEOLITHIC EXAMPLES, MORE FRUIT, YAMS (…again, roots and tubers…), MAYBE ONE OR TWO FISH NOW AND THEN. And then the people comparing us to all kinds of other animals has driven me to distraction… we are almost only like chimpanzees with regard to digestive tract and many other features, is what I learned from actual non-human primatologists and biological anthropologists. And so on. And yeah, chimps eat, well, probably a fair few fleas. And then a lot of fruit and random other plant stuff. And once in a very, VERY rare while, they seem to lose it and kill and eat another chimp. So, I guess that's people's justification for large-scale pig killing and constant pig consumption since people don't usually get as far as saying that, well, long-pig is a great idea for food. I've gone down a hole, but wanted to give you a BIG SHOUT-OUT for what you're doing! I realize this is a really old video, too.

  26. I'm a vegan and I still don't find the ethical arguments against animal products convincing. Individual consumption does not affect a company's bottom line enough for them to change anything. It's like saying if a meat eater just keeled over right now, the meat industry would kill one fewer cow or something lol

    I think that in order for me to feel like I'm doing something ethical, it needs to have a measurable effect on the thing I'm supposedly being ethical about. Veganism does not.

    Also as a socialist I do find vegan politics generally off-putting and overly white.

  27. such a turn on!!!! all this info, intelligence and research you are serving us…got to keep up with the videos…

  28. As a vegan, people around me still treat me as a person who converted to another religion and they continously try to make me go back to the right "path" because religion says it's okay to eat meat!!! I hate that :/ :/ :(((((

  29. I'm a selfish vegan too. Animal rights is justa perk. I know that sounds horrible, but it's true, and I'm not fake so, I feel ya.

  30. I struggle keeping on my vegan lifestyle. I try to stay away from all meats and I don’t eat dairy. But when I do brake the habit and start eating crap sweets and other junk , the inflammation starts to come back in my joints just need to fight my food addictions . Great video Mike

  31. more information and comprehensive data in your videos than the entire publishing industry..excellent.

  32. anecdotal, transitioning to Vegan from vegetarian, I'm eating more while losing weight and I'm not trying to, I've come off my statin, my inflation has gone considerably down, I went from pre-diabetic to normal,, I became regular when I had transitioned to vegetarian from meat eater, yep, the numbers (lab results) don't lie, veganism is just plain healthier

  33. The vegan skin ✨ I've never seen so many beautiful people in the comment section before! Btw I have a question…I've been vegan for 8 months and I haven't been drinking at all…can I drink alcohol as a vegan? And what type of alcohols…thank you in advance!

  34. Hey Mic……
    Yeah so I've in the past two mnths, given up meat,eggs,milk,cheese & bread………………..Soooooooooooooooooooooo I'm piling the weight on🤔🤔🤔😝🤔🤔What are your thoughts on this😟xx

  35. How does it effect teeth? I dont have strong teeth but I want to be vegan. I was a vegetarian for 9 years not sure what to do? Thanks

  36. Thank you for all these information. I am slowly trying to become vegan and doing research on the health benefits ( I love animals but is not the main reason I'm changing to this lifestyle is more for health benefits) of switching to this vegan lifestyle. God bless you.

  37. excellent video! also, lets not forget the other substantial finding by Esselstyn MD. nitric oxide!! this substance found from consuming a whole foods vegan diet vastly increases vascular elasticity (ability for arteries and veins to stretch) allowing them to vasodilate much easier, allowing greater blood flow, along with the unclogging of the cholesterol and saturated fat also contributing to this as well! and the nitric oxide from the plant based diet not only allows for greater vascular elasticity, but also stronger vessel walls! one will have more substantial vascular structure, virtually eliminating your risk for any kind of vessel bursts, aka aneurysms. also having strong vessel walls greatly reduces your risk for varicose veins and those squiggly looking veins bursting out of body builders in their 50s and 60s and sometimes you see these large bulging squiggly veins on the legs of people, mostly older men. just a little input from your fave vegan nurse 😉

  38. i’ve literally been vegan for three days and all i want to snack on is fresh foods! bananas, grapes, strawberries, brussels sprouts, baby carrots… i dont want bagged or processed crap like hot cheetos and chips anymore. i’m so excited 🙂

  39. I seriously LOVE the Vegan diet. I started when I was 18, and I’m 20 now. I still have acne, but it’s Hormonal, so I should be pregnant soon. But I’m like “Leah, men don’t like you.” 🙄 because I’ve never even been kissed. EVER. I know I could try to find THEM, but men need to do that. It’s Science, because they want their seeds planted. 😂

  40. This is my 30th day into Veganhood. All I can say is that I have more energy, feel 1000 times better, and have been able significantly reduce my intake of OTC pain meds by more than 70 %. Way less pain! Feeling stronger and better every day!Wish I had started sooner❤❤❤

  41. I have lost 3 kg only but it’s because my weight wasn’t excessive-my height is 173 cm and my weight now is 60 kg(63 before)

  42. O my gooodness my new doctor told me to go Vegan a month ago because I had a extremely high inflammation mark. The highest she ever seen. I was in A LOT of pain. At first I thought she was crazy for suggesting that I go Vegan but after a month of being a Vegan I believe she is the smallest doctor I ever met. Before the fatigue and pain was so bad that I would cry every day. Now I feel amazing. I still have some pain but I feel muuuch better then before. Your video really helped me understand why I feel so amazing. Thank you.

  43. ED isn't caused by blockages in the penile artery…infact penile atherosclerosis is pretty uncommon, only seen in diabetics with kidney disease. what actually causes ED is reduced blood flow to the pedunal arteries (sorry for spelling) and also low testosterone for extended periods of time causes the penile tissue that holds blood to eventually become "weak" / "degraded" and fail.

  44. It's cool to see you got into veganism for the health aspect of it! It's not that I don't care about animals, But I already have no use for most animal products, or the few I can't quite give up yet are prohibitively expensive to source vegan (Not that I wouldn't like to eventually! ). If it weren't for the health aspect, I'd actually have a harder time convincing myself it's worth the effort to try. Not meaning to bash people who go into just for the animals at all, though! Whatever our reasons, the results are the same, right?

  45. Vegan for 1 week now! Ahah maybe not long but will update! I feel great and my skins been clearing up 😱😍

  46. This comforts me a bit (the Adventist diabetes study) because I’ve been worried about my blood sugar eating mostly fruits and vegetables only. I’m trying to listen to my body and I’ve been enjoying a lot of fruit and veg at once but I have been worried that the high blood sugar will give me belly fat.

  47. I think. you should have said the fat gums up the insulin receptors on the muscle cells (not gums up the insulin cells).

  48. I have lost weight, my skin cleared up, weird but I had dandruff and bad feet, that's all gone, honestly, I truly believe we are all supposed to be vegan.. 🙂

  49. You dumbass vegans. U feel better cause you stopped eating processed american diet. U feel better for a little then you straightup become malnourished then you lost a unhealthy amount of weight

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