Vegan diets improve risk factors for cardiometabolic diseases—that is, common and preventable conditions including heart attack, diabetes, and stroke—in patients who have unhealthy fat levels in the blood (dyslipidemia), according to a study published in Frontiers in Nutrition. Nine patients with dyslipidemia followed a vegan diet for 12 weeks with the support of registered dietitians. High cholesterol levels and inflammation significantly improved, along with body weight, blood sugar, and waist circumference. Aspects of the vegan diet that likely help with these conditions include its low amounts of saturated fat (“bad”) and high amounts of fiber.
Chiu THT, Kao YC, Wang LY, Chang HR, Lin CL. A dietitian-led vegan program may improve GlycA, and other novel and traditional cardiometabolic risk factors in patients with dyslipidemia: a pilot study. Front Nutr. 2022:9:1-9. doi:10.3389/fnut.2022.807810