We all want to live longer, healthier more productive lives. Well studies have shown that people that opt for a plant based diet rather than a meat based diet do live longer. In a study done by Loma Linda University in California showed that vegetarians do indeed live longer than non vegetarians. The study which is half way to completion involving 96,000 people show that vegan’s live an average of 8 years longer than meat eaters.
This is the equivalent life expectancy difference separating smokers and non smokers. We know that in order to live longer you need to combine eating well with exercise. But if you kept everything else the same, and changed to a plant based diet you would increase you life expectancy. The National Institute of Health gave Loma Linda University a grant in 2002 to continue with their research.
Dr. Micheal Greger reports that being vegan can help prevent, treat, or even reverse the effects of the top 15 killers in the Unites States. Studies also show that vegans are more likely to not smoke, exercise, and generally live longer and healthier than meat eaters.
A study done by Harvard Nurses Health showed that women who had dietary cholesterol intake, found only in animal products was linked to living significantly shorter lives. However, consuming fiber found only in plant based products was linked to significantly longer life span. Eating the cholesterol of a single egg daily had the same effect on life span as a person smoking five cigarettes a day for 15 years. In contrast, eating one cup of oatmeal daily had the same effect on life span as someone who jogged for four hours a week. Which in turn helps one live longer.
Vegan and Cholesterol
According to the editor-in-chief of the American Journal of Cardiology; to stop the build up of plaque in the arteries our overall cholesterol needs to be around 150. This is the average cholesterol of a vegan compared to meat eaters. A Dr. Dean Ornish did a study 20 years ago showing that heart disease could not only be prevented but actually reversed by a vegan diet. Many fruits and vegetables fight the build up of cholesterol and thus the cholesterol in vegans is generally lower than meat eaters.
Prevention of Cancer
The study from Loma Linda University showed that the incidence of all cancers combined is lower in vegans than meat eaters. many experts agree that if more fruits and vegetables were introduced into the diet, the incidence of cancer would be reduced. Does it mean that being vegan means you will never get sick? Of course not. But the evidence shows that sickness can be reduced by adopting a vegan diet and lifestyle.
Living longer is something that all of us want. But people don’t just want to live longer, they want longer quality of life. Giving up meat has been proven to do just that. Improve your quality of life as well as the quantity of life. We want to live well as we live longer.