Fox News – Vegetarians and vegans have a lower risk of coronary heart disease (CHD), but are also more at risk for stroke than meat-eaters, a recent study published in the BMJ found.
Researchers from the University of Oxford conducted the study after tracking 48,188 adults for 18 years.
After the 18-year study period, researchers reported 2,820 cases of CHD and 1,072 cases of stroke during the period. These Foods Cut Stroke Risk, Depression
After accounting for other factors that could influence the results, they determined vegetarians had a 22 percent lower risk of CHD.
However, researchers also found vegetarians and vegans had a 20 percent higher risk of stroke than their meat-eating counterparts.
Though an exact reason has not been established, those who follow vegetarian and vegan diets “had lower circulating cholesterol and levels of several nutrients than meat-eaters,” such as vitamin B12, they wrote of a possible cause. Over 50? You Might Not Be Getting Enough of These Two Vital Vitamins
“The higher relative risk of stroke among vegetarians is a new contribution to the body of evidence on the health effects of a vegetarian diet,” Mark Lawrence and Sarah McNaughton, professors at Deakin University in Australia, wrote in an editorial addressing the findings … Read more.