31 Jan '13, 10pm

Good news for vegetarians: You make fewer heart disease-related hospital visits than meat-eaters

Vegetarians had a 32% lower risk of being hospitalized with or dying from ischemic heart disease during an 11-year period than nonvegetarians, reports a study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition . Researchers at Oxford University tracked the health records of almost 45,000 Brits and Scots; one-third of them described themselves as vegetarians. The researchers looked at hospitalization records and death certificates for incidents of ischemic heart disease, a common form of heart disease in which the blood supply to the heart is reduced. Among the main causes of ischemic heart disease are high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and diabetes. The researchers found that the vegetarians in the group they studied had a significantly lower risk--32%--of winding up in the hospital or dying from ischemic heart disease than the nonvegetarians in the group over an ...

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