By Abigail Carroll. Vegetarian Diet. At Monday, April 29th 2019, 06:15:49 AM.
A vegan diet may help keep your heart healthy. Observational studies report vegans may have up to a 75% lower risk of developing high blood pressure and 42% lower risk of dying from heart disease.Randomized controlled studies — the gold standard in research — add to the evidence. Several report that vegan diets are much more effective at reducing blood sugar, LDL and total cholesterol than diets they are compared to. These effects could be especially beneficial since reducing blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar may reduce heart disease risk by up to 46%.
Vegan diets are rich in fiber, vitamin C and folate (thanks to all that fruit and veg), but you may be lacking in a number of other vitamins and minerals. Vitamin B12 is a good example. We need it for healthy red blood cells and nerve function, but because it’s typically found in animal foods like eggs, milk and cheese, full-time vegans need to include fortified breakfast cereals and soy products, and possibly consider taking a B12 supplement look for one that supplies 10 micro-grams daily).
In fact, one study in nearly 61,000 people showed that vegans were 2.6 times less likely to develop type 2 diabetes than omnivores. A vegan diet may also reduce osteoarthritis symptoms — including joint pain and swelling — and your risk of certain cancers, such as those of the breast and prostate. Vegan diets are associated with many benefits, including improved heart health, faster short-term weight loss, enhanced blood sugar control, less joint pain, and a decreased risk of cancer.
Many of other circumstances contribute to heart disease, including family history, but you don’t want to add another layer of potential danger. By leaving beef from your diet, you improve your chances of maintaining a healthy heart for the rest of your life.