Vegetarians and Vegans Have Lower Risk of Heart Disease

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BREAKING MEDICAL NEWS April 11, 2014

Vegetarians and Vegans Have Lower Risk of Heart Disease

April 11, 2014
Vegetarians and Vegans Have Lower Risk of Heart Disease

Vegetarian and vegan diets lower the risk of heart disease, according to a study published in Public Health Nutrition. Researchers tracked the dietary habits of 592 African-American participants from the Adventist Health Study-2 and categorized them into three eating patterns: vegetarian/vegan, pesco-vegetarian, and non-vegetarian.

Those who consumed a vegetarian/vegan diet had fewer heart disease risk factors including lower blood pressure, half the risk of diabetes, and a 44 percent reduced risk for hypertension, compared with those who consumed pesco-vegetarian and non-vegetarian diets. Additionally, vegetarians and vegans were 43 percent less likely to be obese, compared with non-vegetarians. This study stresses the positive effects plant-based diets may have towards disease prevention for African-Americans.

Fraser G, Katuli S, Anousheh R, Knutsen S, Herring P, Fan J. Vegetarian diets and cardiovascular risk factors in black members of the Adventist Health Study-2. Public Health Nutr. Published online March 17, 2014.

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