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Can a vegetarian diet reduce cancer and heart disease risk?

Vegetarian and vegan diets have been linked with improvements in cardiometabolic risk factors, including inflammation, increased lipids, blood sugar, body weight, and body mass index, according to a recent scientific literature review.

Vegetarians had a lower chance of dying from cardiovascular disease, according to the study’s authors, which appeared in the journal PLOS ONE on May 15, 2024. Ischemic heart disease, gastrointestinal cancer, and prostate cancer were all less common among the study participants.

Dr. Libbat-Tzion Shaham—a board-certified family physician with Medical Offices of Manhattan and a contributor to—commented on the study, suggesting that the health benefits seen in the study could be due to the absence of high cholesterol and saturated fat in plant-based diets. Read the article.