Vegetarian Diet Could Prevent 1/3 of Early Deaths

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Vegetarian Diet Could Prevent 1/3 of Early Deaths

According to a new scientific study at Harvard, a third of all early deaths could be prevented by a vegetarian diet. The study indicates that people are underestimating the benefits of a plant-based diet.

For example, while recent figures from the Office for National Statistics suggested that 141,000 deaths a year in Britain could have been prevented, the new research from Harvard indicates that about 200,000 lives could be saved each year in the UK if people removed meat from their diets.

The findings were presented at the Unite to Cure Fourth International Vatican Conference in Vatican City this week by lead researcher Dr Walter Willett, professor of epidemiology and nutrition at Harvard Medical School.

Willett told the conference: “We have just been doing some calculations looking at the question of how much could we reduce mortality shifting towards a healthy, more plant-based diet, not necessarily totally vegan, and our estimates are about one third of early deaths could be prevented.”

“That’s not even talking about physical activity or not smoking, and that’s all deaths, not just cancer deaths. That’s probably an underestimate as well as that doesn’t take into account the fact that obesity is important and we control for obesity,” he added.

The Daily Mail cites a recent study by the University of Toronto which found that “a vegetarian diet could actually reverse certain health problems by the same margins as commonly used medications called statins”.

In the UK around 17.5 million people are eligible for statins to stave off heart disease, equating to most men over 60 and most women over 65. But “many complain of side effects and stop taking the drugs”, says the Telegraph.

Dr Jenkins added: “We’re saying you’ve got a choice, you can change your diet to therapeutically meaningful change or you can take a statin. Drug or diet.”

Our diet is our choice, but with these recent findings, it appears that switching to a meatless diet can affect your lifespan. This means that you should think carefully about your diet plan and decide which diet is best for you, however this study makes a strong case for vegetarian diet.