Plant-based diets could reduce heart disease risk, protect brain health

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Scientists from the Texas Department of State Health Services and elsewhere found eating a plant-based diet may reduce heart disease risk and protect brain health.

Coronary heart disease is one of the leading causes of death worldwide.

It is a chronic (long-lasting) disease. It affects the blood vessels that supply blood to your heart. It is also called coronary artery disease.

Coronary heart disease occurs when the arteries that supply your heart with blood become blocked.

There is no one cause of coronary heart disease, but risk factors can increase your chance of developing the condition.

Eating a vegetarian diet may be the key to the prevention and management of coronary heart disease.

In the current review study, researchers aimed to determine the association between a vegetarian diet and heart disease, to compare the risk of coronary heart disease in different types of vegetarian diets, and to examine the biochemical predictors of coronary heart disease in the various vegetarian diets.

The team found that adherence to a plant-based diet was linked to a lower risk of heart failure risk.

The research review further supports the idea that a vegetarian diet is advantageous for the secondary prevention of coronary heart disease.

This is because the diet improves blood fat levels, lowers body mass index, and increases antioxidant micronutrient levels in the body.

Additionally, eating a plant-based diet starting in adolescence is linked to a decreased risk of cerebrovascular disease by middle age.

The researchers suggest that an increase in sensitization and education efforts is very important to ensure that people are appropriately informed about this option to effectively improve their quality of life.

The research was published in Cureus and conducted by Funmilola Babalola et al.

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