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."