Boynton Beach, Fla — August 9, 2016 — Another study reaffirms the fact that eating meat will cause an early death when compared to those who only eat plants. The study published in JAMA is one of the largest such studies with over 130,000 participants. A meat eater’s only saving grace to offset a meat protein rich diet early death by being physically active, don’t smoke and drink little alcohol.
After adjusting for major lifestyle and dietary risk factors, animal protein intake was associated with higher mortality, particularly cardiovascular mortality, whereas plant protein was associated with lower mortality. Lead author of the released findings, Dr. Mingyang Song, a researcher at Massachusetts General Hospital and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, said, “high animal protein intake has been linked to higher levels of insulin-like growth factor 1, a protein that has been linked to worse health outcomes, whereas high plant protein intake has been associated with lower blood pressure … and improved insulin sensitivity.”.
In 2013, The Wall Street Journal published an article with the headline “Vegetarians Live Longer Than Meat-Eaters, Study Finds.” The study the Wall Street Journal refers to is one published also in JAMA of over 70,000 Seventh Day Adventists. The study found that vegetarians were 19 percent less likely to die over the six-year period of the study. The vegetarians in the study were also far less likely than the meat-eaters to have diabetes and kidney disease. That study was later revisited, this time with over 96,000 participants and it concluded that vegetarian diets are associated with “lower all-cause mortality and with some reductions in cause-specific mortality”. The results appeared to be more robust in men.
And yet another study by physicians from the Mayo Clinic in Arizona analysed six studies that showed the effects of meat and vegetarian diets on mortality. They found that going vegetarian for at least 17 years extends a person’s life expectancy by 3.6 years.