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Vegans and Vegeterians have more chances of Stroke

Strokes and heart attacks have become common nowadays. According to a study of University of Oxford, vegans and vegetarians have 20 percent higher rates of stroke than meat-eaters. This reflects three more cases of stroke per 1,000 people over 10 years.


Vegans and Vegeterians have more chances of Stroke
Vegans and Vegeterians have more chances of Stroke


Cording to researchers, Vegetarians and vegans are likely to have a stroke due to their lower levels of vitamins. They explained that low blood levels of total cholesterol among vegetarians and vegans could also be a factor.



Meanwhile, those who eat only fish and practice a no-meat diet, also called a pescatarian diet, show a 13 percent reduced risk. Vegan and vegetarian diets have a 22 percent lower risk of heart disease than meat eaters.

This was mostly due to a higher rate of haemorrhagic stroke the type caused by bleeding in or around the brain.


Vegans and Vegeterians have more chances of Stroke
Vegans and Vegeterians have more chances of Stroke


The researchers said the increased risk of stroke could be down to lower levels of vitamins among the vegetarians and vegans in the study and called for further investigations.

They also suggested that low blood levels of total cholesterol among vegetarians and vegans may play a role.

48,000 people with no history of heart disease or stroke were examined in the study. The participants were split into meat-eaters, fish-eaters, and vegetarians and vegans. The researchers recorded 2,820 cases of coronary heart disease and 1,072 cases of stroke in an 18-year period.


Vegans and Vegeterians have more chances of Stroke
Vegans and Vegeterians have more chances of Stroke


“We observed lower rates of ischaemic heart disease in fish eaters and vegetarians than in meat eaters, which appears to be at least partly due to lower body mass index and lower rates of high blood pressure, high blood cholesterol, diabetes associated with these diets,” said the researchers.



In the UK alone, there are 1.7 million vegetarians and vegans with the diets becoming increasingly popular. This is partly attributed to perceived health benefits as well as concerns about the environment and animal welfare.

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