Risk of hospitalization or death from ischemic heart disease among British vegetarians and nonvegetarians: results from the EPIC-Oxford cohort study.
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Boston, MA (PRWEB) February 08, 2013
Doctors Health Press, a division of Lombardi Publishing Corporation, and publisher of various natural health newsletters, books, and reports, including the popular online Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin, is reporting on a new study finding that the risk for going to the hospital or dying from heart disease is 32% lower in vegetarians than in people who eat meat and fish.
As Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin (http://www.doctorshealthpress.com/food-and-nutrition-articles/why-vegetarians-are-less-likely-to-do-this) notes, heart disease has long been the leading cause of death in adults. The new findings, published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, suggest that a vegetarian diet could significantly reduce a person’s risk of heart disease. This is likely due to improved cholesterol levels and blood pressure among the non-meat eaters.
As the article “Why Vegetarians Are Less Likely to Do This” reports, the analysis looked at almost 45,000 people in England and Scotland, 34% of whom were vegetarian. The results clearly showed that vegetarians have a 32% risk reduction, after accounting for other possible factors like smoking, age, alcohol intake, and physical activity.
The Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin article states that over the course of the study, 1,235 cases of heart disease were diagnosed. This comprised 169 deaths and 1,066 hospital diagnoses, identified through hospital records and death certificates. The researchers found that vegetarians had lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels than non-vegetarians, which is thought to be the main reason behind their reduced risk of heart disease. What’s more is that the vegetarians typically had lower body mass indices (BMI) and fewer of them had diabetes as a result of their diet.
As the article concludes, the findings reinforce the notion that diet is central to preventing heart disease. Though it may seem impossible for most adults, flipping the switch to vegetarianism comes with some very significant health benefits.
(SOURCE: Crowe, F., et al., “Risk of hospitalization or death from ischemic heart disease among British vegetarians and nonvegetarians: results from the EPIC-Oxford cohort study,” Am J Clin Nutr 2013, first published online January 30, 2013.)
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