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People Can Reduce The Probability Of Heart Disease With A Vegetarian Diet

January 30, 2013: 12:00 AM EST
An Oxford University study concludes that a vegetarian diet significantly reduces the risk of heart disease, the single largest cause of death in developed countries. Researchers analyzed health and diet data from questionnaires submitted during the 1990s by 45,000 British volunteers, 34 percent of whom were vegetarian. They found that the risk of hospitalization or death from heart disease was 32 percent lower in vegetarians than in people who eat meat and fish, after accounting for factors such as age, smoking, alcohol intake, physical activity, educational level and socioeconomic background. Vegetarians also tended to have a lower body mass index (BMI) and fewer cases of diet-related diabetes.
Francesca L. Crowe et al., "Risk of hospitalization or death from ischemic heart disease among British vegetarians and nonvegetarians: results from the EPIC-Oxford cohort study", American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, January 30, 2013, © American Society for Nutrition
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