Go Vegetarian, Heart Risk Drops 32%
Study: Vegetarians have lower blood pressure, cholesterol
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Jan 31, 2013 3:55 PM CST

(Newser) – One reason to ditch meat: A new study finds that vegetarians were 32% less likely to die of heart disease or be treated in the hospital for it, the BBC reports. University of Oxford scientists studied 44,500 people over a period of 11 years, and found that vegetarians also had lower blood pressure, lower "bad" cholesterol levels, and were at healthier weights. Says a researcher, "Vegetarians probably have a lower intake of saturated fat so it makes senses there is a lower risk of heart disease."

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Feb 8, 2013 2:21 AM CST
Most of my friend are vegetarians and at first I didn't understand them. But I began to eat less meat and for about 1 year I became a complete vegetarian too. I didn't do that because of health problems or something, I just stopped eating meat because I didnt't like it anymore. I have to tell you that I feel far more good and healthy now. But becoming a vegertarian should be a personal choice not doing it just because ou should.
Feb 1, 2013 10:12 AM CST
I take care of my 93 yo mom with mild dementia. When she eats red meat she is stronger and her mind is clearer. Eggs, chicken and fish do not have this effect on her--she gets weaker.
Feb 1, 2013 8:45 AM CST
Hmmm... Still don't really care. Meat is delicious, and veggies aren't. It's my personal taste preference, and it isn't going to change. If you are a vegetarian, that's fine and I applaud your commitment to a lifestyle that is made difficult by judgemental people, but please don't try to shove it down our throats or get righteous on someone for a choice THEY made. That just keeps the negativity going. *steps off soapbox*