Vegetarians and vegans diets: the health concerns. Diets without meats have gained popularity as a lot of people are moving from eating chicken, beef, pork, etc in other to explore the benefits of health, environment, and concerns about the welfare of animals.
Though this seems to be a good thing, but vegans and vegetarians have a higher tendency of stroke as compared to the people to have not given up on eating meat every day. But the good news is, vegans and vegetarians are less prone to coronary heart disease as compare to the meat-eating counterparts.
In as much as vegans and vegetarians are less prone to coronary heart diseases, the risk of stroke is higher with them. They tend to have a 20% higher chances of stroke as compared to non-vegans and non-vegetarians. Hemorrhagic stroke is the type of stroke that is prone to vegans and vegetarians and it results from blood from the artery begins to bleed into someone’s brain.
Why this type of high-risk stroke is common among vegans and vegetarians is blurred but it can be attributed to cholesterol levels in the body. Vegans and vegetarians have very low cholesterol levels and some are very low in some nutrients. This very low levels of cholesterol may in a way be associated with a higher risk of stroke (hemorrhagic stroke).
Medically speaking, vegans and vegetarians are seen and are more healthy than people who eat meat (non-vegans and vegetarians). Some major life-change issues like a cardiovascular event happening to them are much lower.
Pescetarians (fish eaters), don’t have a higher risk of stroke or coronary heart disease. In as much as they have low cholesterol level, they have high vitamin-B12 which is found in fish. This is not so with vegans and vegetarians who have low consumption of animal products. Vegans and vegetarians only source of vitamin B12 is either from supplements or foods that are fortified with vitamin B12.
Vegetarians and vegans have a considerably lower risk of coronary heart disease than people who eat meat. In the same way, pescetarians (fish eaters) have a much lower risk of coronary heart disease than omnivores.
The lower risk of coronary heart disease in vegans, vegetarians, and pescetarians can be related to their lower body mass index (BMI) and the rates of high blood cholesterol, pressure and diabetes are also low.
It’s common to find persons with heath disease as compared to hemorrhagic stroke. This is why vegans and vegetarians have better cardiovascular health in as much as they have a higher risk of stroke.
Therefore, when taking a vegetarian diet, have it at the back of your mind that it may not be universally beneficial with respect to all health outcomes. With respect to cardiovascular health, vegans and vegetarian diet should not be considered as the end but be considered together with dietary and changes in lifestyle.
Vegetarians and vegans have a higher stroke level risk than omnivores due to nutrients that are lacking in their meals. Pescetarians tend to have a much lower level of stroke risks than omnivores.
As a vegetarian and vegan, it will be important to add some fish to be able to get natural important nutrients such as vitamin B12.