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What are the long-term effects of a vegan diet?

Judy Caplan
Nutrition & Dietetics
Studies show that vegan diets promote wellness and prevent to disease. Vegan diets reduce your risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke, diabetes, and cancer. Vegan diets are high in antioxidants, fiber, and complex carbohydrates and low in saturated fats.
Vandana  R. Sheth
Nutrition & Dietetics
The results of an evidence-based review showed that a vegetarian diet is associated with a lower risk of death from ischemic heart disease. Vegetarians also appear to have lower low-density lipoprotein cholesterol levels, lower blood pressure, and lower rates of hypertension and type 2 diabetes than non-vegetarians. Furthermore, vegetarians tend to have a lower body mass index and lower overall cancer rates. Features of a vegetarian diet that may reduce risk of chronic disease include lower intakes of saturated fat and cholesterol and higher intakes of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, soy products, fiber, and phytochemicals.

Research studies have consistently proven that vegetarians have lower cholesterol levels than meat eaters, they have lower blood pressure. A vegetarian diet was proven to decrease risk for heart disease and in fact reverse heart disease. Following a vegetarian diet also helps prevent cancer and with diabetes control/management.

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