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More Reasons to Go Vegetarian

Jun. 11, 2013|758 views
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A major new study suggests vegetarians are somewhat less likely to die from all causes than non-vegetarians. The study followed more than 70,000 people for an average of six years. In that time, vegetarians were 12% less likely to die from any cause than non-vegetarians. The effect was strongest among men, and also held true for vegetarians who include fish in the diet (pesco-vegetarians), or eggs and dairy products (ovo-lacto-vegetarians). “These results demonstrate an overall association of vegetarian dietary patterns with lower mortality compared with the non-vegetarian dietary pattern,” the study’s authors concluded. “They also demonstrate some associations with lower mortality of the pesco-vegetarian, vegan and lacto-ovo-vegetarian diets specifically compared with the non-vegetarian diet.”


Another study, published earlier this year, concluded that vegetarians enjoy a reduction in the risk of hospitalization or death from heart disease by as much as one-third, compared to meat eaters. The finding was gleaned from data collected during a large study of more than 65,000 people in Great Britain; EPIC-Oxford. The EPIC (European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition) study has already yielded a great deal of information about the impact of diet and lifestyle on the risk of cancer and other chronic diseases among Europeans.


An earlier report, based on EPIC-European data, concluded there’s a moderate association between consumption of processed meat and increased risk of death, primarily from cancer, but also from cardiovascular disease.  



Francesca L Crowe, Paul N Appleby, Ruth C Travis, and Timothy J Key. 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, January 30, 2013 DOI: 10.3945/ajcn.112.044073


Michael J., Pramil N Singh, Joan Sabaté, Karen Jaceldo-Siegl, Jing Fan, Synnove Knutsen, W. Lawrence Beeson, Gary E. Fraser. Vegetarian Dietary Patterns and Mortality in Adventist Health Study 2. JAMA Internal Medicine, 2013 DOI: 10.1001/jamainternmed.2013.6473


Rohrmann S, Overvad K, Bueno-de-Mesquita HB, Jakobsen MU, Egeberg R, Tjønneland A, et al. Meat consumption and mortality--results from the European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition. BMC Med. 2013 Mar 7;11:63. doi: 10.1186/1741-7015-11-63. 


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