Living Vegetarian

15 February 2007

Center for Disease Control: Leading Causes of Death

Number of deaths for leading causes of death

  1. Heart disease: 654,092
  2. Cancer: 550,270
  3. Stroke (cerebrovascular diseases): 150,147
  4. Chronic lower respiratory diseases: 123,884
  5. Accidents (unintentional injuries): 108,694
  6. Diabetes: 72,815

Position of the American Dietetic Association and Dietitians of Canada: Vegetarian diets

Vegetarian diets offer a number of nutritional benefits, including lower levels of saturated fat, cholesterol, and animal protein as well as higher levels of carbohydrates, fiber, magnesium, potassium, folate, and antioxidants such as vitamins C and E and phytochemicals. Vegetarians have been reported to have lower body mass indices than nonvegetarians, as well as lower rates of death from ischemic heart disease; vegetarians also show lower blood cholesterol levels; lower blood pressure; and lower rates of hypertension, type 2 diabetes, and prostate and colon cancer.

American Heart Association: Are vegetarian diets healthful?

Most vegetarian diets are low in animal products. They’re also usually lower than nonvegetarian diets in total fat, saturated fat and cholesterol. Many studies have shown that vegetarians seem to have a lower risk of obesity, coronary heart disease (which causes heart attack), high blood pressure, diabetes mellitus and some forms of cancer.

The top two causes of death, heart disease and cancer, are decreased in individuals following a vegetarian diet. The sixth cause, diabetes, is also decreased in vegetarians. Not to mention decreased obesity, which in itself is a decrease in numerous ailments. The statistics speak for themselves.