Vegetarian diet tied to fewer deaths, longer life and less disease

Vegetarian diet tied to fewer deaths, longer life and less disease

Another massive study showing that those eating a plant-based wholefood diet live much longer and have less chronic modern disease.

“This adds to the evidence showing the beneficial effect of vegetarian diets in the prevention of chronic diseases and the improvement of longevity.  People are confronted with all sorts of nutritional information, but the bottom line is, ‘How will your diet pattern affect your risk of dying?  In the medical community, there is an increasing attention to diet in disease prevention, and a growing appreciation for the role of dietary patterns in managing disease.  We found a striking association with renal failure and endocrine disorders.  One of the most plausible potential reasons contributing to this beneficial association is perhaps the absence or reduction of meat intake.  These results demonstrate an overall association of vegetarian dietary patterns with lower mortality compared with the nonvegetarian dietary pattern.  Everybody should be informed about the potential benefits of a vegetarian diet and make choices that are right for them”
Dr. Michael Orlich, Director of Preventive Medicine, Loma Linda University, California.

“With higher intakes of fresh vegetables, pulses and other plant-foods, it seems obvious to many that balanced vegetarian diets are healthier than those reliant on meat, but we do not need to rely on gut instinct with so much hard evidence of that health advantage, both in the UK and abroad”
Liz O’Neill, Vegetarian Society.

What did the latest Loma Linda University study on 73,308 people, as published in JAMA Internal Medicine, a Journal of the American Medical Association, say?

  • All vegetarians had a 12% lower risk of dying
  • Vegetarians who ate fish had a 19% lower risk of death
  • Vegans had a 15% lower risk of death
  • Vegetarians had an 18% lower risk of any kind of death
  • Vegetarians had a 29% lower rate of heart-disease-related deaths
  • Vegetarians were 52% less likely to die from kidney failure
  • Vegetarians were 39% less likely to die from diabetes
  • Vegetarians tended to be thinner
  • There were fewer deaths in the vegetarian group from diabetes and kidney failure
  • Ingredients in red meat were linked to increased risk of cancer and high blood pressure
  • Men benefited the most from a plant-based diet 
  • The different participant groups generally ate around the same amount of calories daily but the vegetarians stayed slimmer

Study “Vegetarian dietary patterns and mortality in Adventist Health Study 2” by Dr. Michael Orlich and colleagues from Loma Linda University, California on the dietary habits and death rates of 73,308 U.S. and Canadian participants from 2002-2007 in the Adventist Health Study 2, as published in JAMA Internal Medicine, a Journal of the American Medical Association on June 3, 2013.  The study was funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH).  As reported by Reuters Health, TIME Magazine, HealthDay News, The Huffington Post, Science Codex, The Daily Mail, The Times of India, Minneapolis Post and The Wall Street Journal June 3-5, 2013.


Posted: Saturday 8 June 2013