Health Benefits of Vegetarianism

A customer service representative with Automated Health Systems in East Providence, Rhode Island, Ian Chinich received his master’s in political science from Boston University. A fan of many different international cuisines, Ian Chinich has practiced vegetarianism for the past five years.

Research has shown that vegetarians may enjoy a lower risk of cardiac events such as heart attack. A combined data analysis involving more than 76,000 participants concluded that vegetarians were 25 percent less likely to die from heart disease. Support for this conclusion also comes from a large study conducted by EPIC-Oxford, which reported a 19 percent lower risk of death from heart disease among vegetarians.

Another important health benefit of vegetarianism involves type 2 diabetes, a disease characterized by poorly controlled blood sugars. In studies of Seventh-day Adventists, about 40 percent of whom are vegetarians, researchers found that vegetarians’ risk of developing diabetes was about half that of non-vegetarians. In the same vein, the Harvard Women’s Health Study found that eating red and processed meat produced a similar correlation with diabetes onset.

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