Vegetarian heart health

Posted on Dec-9-2020 in India
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Recent studies shows Vegetarianism and pescetarianism have a correlation with a reduced risk of ischemic heart disease (Heart attack), but with a finding that vegetarians have slight higher risk of stroke.

The vegetarianism protect against IHD is not a new finding so,it’s not surprising but slight higher risk of stroke is surprising. A particular kind of stroke-a hemorrhagic stroke, which occurs when a blood vessel in brain ruptures and bleed.

The simple reason is both pescetarians and vegetarians are related to the fact that they have lower cholesterol- so lower BMI- so lower blood pressure- and a lower rate of diabetes so over all less risk for IHD.
Risk of stroke could be due to lower levels of other circulating nutrients like essential amino acid and vitamins B-12 and D in plant diet.
Some small research shows that pescatarianism has reduced risk of IHD and Stroke. But still we need more data to confirm this result.

So take home message for my beloved friends
For meat eaters
Try to reduce your meat by including higher volume of plant-based food like fresh vegetables and salad.
For Vegetarianism and Vegan
Include more rich protein diet with wide variety of fruits, vegetables, pulses, and whole grains in their diet.
Note : pescetarians (people who eat fish but not meat)

References:

  1. https://www.bmj.com/content/366/bmj.l4897
  2. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26707634?dopt=Abstract
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