Vegans have a lower risk of heart disease and stroke
Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is one of the main causes of death and disability in the UK but it can be prevented with a healthy lifestyle. A study of 650 adults from the US and Canada found that those avoiding meat had significantly lower levels of risk factors for CVD.
Researchers looked at four diets: vegans, vegetarians, fish-eaters and meat-eaters and found that obesity, blood pressure and cholesterol levels were all lower in those avoiding meat, with vegans coming out best.
Vegans tended to weigh less than meateaters and this contributed to their lower risk. However, even when they compared blood pressure and cholesterol levels of vegans with those of meat-eaters, matched for weight, vegans still came out healthier.
The authors suggested that further research needed to be done to work out how best to promote plant-based diets as protective against CVD. Why wait when you can just ditch meat and dairy and considerably lower your risk?
Matsumoto S et al., 2019. Association between vegetarian diets and cardiovascular risk factors in non-Hispanic white participants of the Adventist Health Study-2. Journal of Nutritional Science. 8 e6.