Vegetarianism Reduces Heart Disease Risks by a Third

Those who don't eat any meat or dairy are indeed healthier, Oxford researchers say

By on January 31st, 2013 13:46 GMT

The latest issue of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition witnessed the publication of a new study stating that vegetarians are less likely to die from heart failure than their fellow meat eaters are.

This research was carried out by scientists working with the University of Oxford, whose findings led them to the conclusion that, on average, a vegetarian is 32% less likely to require medical attention or even die as a result of his/her developing a heart condition.

As explained on the official website for the Oxford University, this is because, when compared to meat eaters, vegetarians are less likely to experience either cholesterol or blood pressure issues.

“Most of the difference in risk is probably caused by effects on cholesterol and blood pressure, and shows the important role of diet in the prevention of heart disease,” stated Dr. Francesca Crowe, lead author of the study.

These results were reached after investigating the medical background of a total of 45,000 volunteers, 34% of whom were vegetarians.

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