Longevity boosted by a healthy plant-based lifestyle

Longevity boosted by a healthy plant-based lifestyle

Vegetarians are healthier, lighter, with less body fat and lower blood pressure, and live longer lives with less disease and disability.

Gary E. Fraser, from Loma Linda University (California), and colleagues lead the Adventist Health Study-2, involving nearly 100,000 US and Canadian citizens. 

The researchers report that strict vegetarians are, on average:

  • 13kg lighter than meat eaters
  • Live nearly 10 years longer
  • 5 units lighter on the Body Mass Index (BMI) scale
  • Have lower systolic and diastolic blood pressure and less hypertension (which is the #1 cause of death worldwide)

Fairly simple stuff really; eat more plants.

Study by Pettersen BJ, Anousheh R, Fan J, Jaceldo-Siegl K, Fraser GE; “Vegetarian diets and blood pressure among white subjects: results from the Adventist Health Study-2 (AHS-2)” as published in Public Health Nutrition 2012 Oct;15(10).  As reported on November 16, 2012 by worldhealthnews.net.

Posted: Sunday 3 March 2013