I’ve written many blog posts over the last few years about studies that show that people on a vegetarian diet live longer and suffer from fewer health problems during their lives than people who eat meat. But there’s a new study out that presents even more evidence
that vegetarians live longer and it’s getting a whole lot of attention.
Linda Searing of WashingtonPost.com’s Health & Science blog reported on the study this morning and the numbers and the results are very comprehensive.
The study involved over 73,000 adults, most of them in their fifties, with no history of cardiovascular disease or cancer at the beginning of the study.
As Searling reports,
Vegetarians comprised roughly half of the group and included vegans (who eat only plant-based foods), lacto-ovo vegetarians (who also consume eggs and dairy products), pesco-vegetarians (who also eat fish and seafood), and semi-vegetarians (who do not eat red meat but may eat chicken or fish, dairy products and eggs). Vegetarians had followed their eating pattern for an average of 19 to 39 years, depending on the type.”
So what were the results?
During the six year span of the study, 2,570 of the participants died, but vegetarians were 12% less likely to die than the non-vegetarians. And the mortality rate was lowest among the vegans, lacto-ovo vegetarians and pescetarians.
The verdict among the study’s researchers was that the best diet for longevity belonged to the “Vegetarians, whose limited diet usually leads to less obesity and fewer problems such as high blood pressure and heart disease.”
It’s hard for those of us who are vegetarians to understand why more people aren’t persuaded that a plant-based diet helps vegetarians live longer, healthier and more active lives, but most of us were non-vegetarians at one time. Most of us became convinced that we needed to adopt a vegetarian lifestyle at some point in our lives and many of us did it because of research like this. Maybe you know someone you can pass this study on to!