Ve­gan diet won’t help heart

The Sun (Malaysia) - - GOOD VIBES -

DO veg­e­tar­i­ans have health­ier hearts than car­ni­vores? An Amer­i­can study of 12,000 peo­ple over three years has con­cluded that cut­ting out meat did not re­duce the risk of car­dio­vas­cu­lar dis­ease in the next decade.

This new study by the Rut­gers New Jer­sey School of Medicine in the US city of Ne­wark does not call into ques­tion the lower risk of obe­sity, high blood pres­sure and meta­bolic syn­drome pro­vided by a veg­e­tar­ian diet.

The study in­di­cated that veg­e­tar­i­ans are gen­er­ally younger and fe­male. But it also said that their over­all heart risk is no dif­fer­ent from that of meateaters.

The re­searchers ex­am­ined rates of obe­sity, av­er­age waist cir­cum­fer­ence, blood pres­sure, and glu­cose and choles­terol lev­els, all of which are fac­tors in in­creased risk of heart dis­ease.

They also used the Fram­ing­ham Risk Score, which es­ti­mates the risk of de­vel­op­ing car­dio­vas­cu­lar dis­ease over the next 10 years by tak­ing ac­count of fac­tors such as age, gen­der, choles­terol lev­els, blood pres­sure and smok­ing sta­tus.

The test in­di­cated that the veg­e­tar­i­ans had a car­dio­vas­cu­lar risk of 2.7%, com­pared with 4.5% for the non-veg­e­tar­i­ans. The re­searchers say that this dif­fer­ence is not sta­tis­ti­cally sig­nif­i­cant.

This study is con­trary to the sci­en­tif­i­cally proven ben­e­fits of the Mediter­ranean diet which is rich in fruit, veg­eta­bles and whole grains and is rec­om­mended by most nu­tri­tion­ists around the world. – AFP-Re­laxnews

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