People who are vegetarians or vegans have been known to be less likely to have health problems than others, according to new research from the US Department of Agriculture.
The study, which involved over 5,000 people in the US, analysed the health of more than 1,400 US vegetarians and vegans and found that the most common health issues were heart disease, cancer, diabetes and depression.
The researchers, from the USDA’s National Center for Health Statistics, also found that people who ate meat had a higher risk of being overweight and obese.
Vegans are more likely than vegetarians to be overweight, obese and have a history of diabetes, as well as have a lower life expectancy.
The results, published today (Tuesday 27 January) in the Journal of the American Medical Association, were based on data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES), the largest national survey of Americans.
The survey is conducted every five years and has the same questionnaires as the other studies, and the researchers found that vegetarians were less likely than non-vegetarians to have a heart attack, stroke, diabetes, high blood pressure or other major health issues.
Vegetarians and vegetarians who ate no meat were also less likely in the study to be obese, overweight and to have diabetes, but the researchers noted that vegetians who were also not vegetarian were not less likely.
“We wanted to see if this was true, and it turns out it is,” said Dr Sarah Hensley, a professor of public health at the University of Pennsylvania and lead author of the study.
“The question was: ‘What about the vegetarians?’
What about people who were vegetarians but didn’t eat meat?
It turns out, people who are vegetarian are more prone to these health issues than nonvegetarian people,” she told the ABC.
The study found that vegetarianism was associated with a lower risk of diabetes. “
People who are vegan and who are not vegetarians are more susceptible to these problems.”
The study found that vegetarianism was associated with a lower risk of diabetes.
People who had never eaten meat had the lowest risk, with vegetarians, vegans, non-meat eaters and meat eaters at the same risk level.
Dr Henslay added that the study did not look at a range of health issues, such as cancer, high cholesterol or smoking, so her team did not know if it would be relevant to people with those conditions.
“It is not just about the health benefits, but also the way that we consume food, the health risks associated with eating meat and the environmental impacts associated with the production of meat and other animal products,” she said.
Vegans were also more likely, on average, to have depression and anxiety, and people who didn’t have diabetes had a lower incidence of heart disease and cancer than people who did. “
So, we need to be really careful about the kind of meat we eat and what we eat in general.”
Vegans were also more likely, on average, to have depression and anxiety, and people who didn’t have diabetes had a lower incidence of heart disease and cancer than people who did.
“There is a lot of variation among people, so it is really important to understand these differences, Dr Huesley said.
“Vegetarians may be healthier and they may not be obese or depressed. “
I think this study suggests that there are different kinds of vegetarians,” she added.
“Vegetarians may be healthier and they may not be obese or depressed.
But they are also less sensitive to the negative health consequences of eating meat, and they have lower life expectancies than other groups.”