Vegetarian diet reduces men’s risk of heart disease

6 June 2013

New health research indicates that vegetarian men tend to live longer than carnivorous males, or meat-eaters. The study, conducted by researchers at Loma Linda University, shows that vegetarian diets lower blood pressure in men, and decrease their risk of metabolic syndrome, diabetes, heart disease and other chronic conditions. The benefits were the same for vegans, lacto-ovo vegetarians (who consume dairy and egg products) and pesco-vegetarians (who eat seafood and fish).

However, vegetarian diets do not seem to have the same preventative effect for women.

Researchers believe the health benefits stem from vegetarians’ avoidance of red meat and fat, along with their increased consumption of nutrient-rich vegetables.

Red and processed meats have been linked to serious health problems, including cancer and cardiovascular disease.

A blood pressure test may reveal whether an adult should consider switching to a diet low in red meat and processed foods to reduce their risk of heart disease.

Posted by Edward Bartel

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