Veggie diets protect your heart

| Post published on June 2, 2010
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A low-fat vegetarian diet may help prevent heart attacks, according to a new study in the American Journal of Cardiology. In this 12-week study, 27 people with coronary artery disease (CAD) changed their lifestyle to include a low-fat plant-based diet, three hours of moderate exercise per week and one hour of stress management per day. 20 others with CAD followed the usual care plan. Results showed those who adopted lifestyle changes had improved function of the inner lining of their arteries; crucial to preventing heart attacks.

Dod et al., 2010. Effect of intensive lifestyle changes on endothelial function and on inflammatory markers of atherosclerosis. American Journal of Cardiology. 105 (3) 362-367.

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Dr. Justine Butler
I joined Viva! as a health campaigner in 2005 after graduating from Bristol University with a PhD in molecular biology. My scientific training helped me research and write numerous reports, guides and fact sheets for Viva! including Meat the Truth, Fish-Free for Life, One in Nine (breast cancer and diet) and the substantial report on the detrimental health effects of consuming dairy; White Lies. This accompanied Viva!’s report The Dark Side of Dairy which spelt out the inherent cruelty of dairy farming. We were the first UK group to take on the dairy industry in this way, and many of our supporters go vegan after reading these reports.

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