Research from the University of Oxford suggests that vegetarians have a 32% lower risk of hospitalization or death from cardiovascular disease compared to individuals who eat meat. Vegetarians also had lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels, which is seen as the primary reason for the lowered risk of heart disease. High cholesterol is one of the major risks of heart disease. Cholesterol in the blood, combined with other substances to form plaque, can cause narrowing of the arteries which can lead to blood clots, heart attack, and stroke. Meat, red meat in particular, is a major source of dietary cholesterol. For individuals with cardiovascular disease or high cholesterol, eliminating meat from the diet is an option, but it isn’t the only option. You may consider switching to a vegetarian diet, but you may also simply cut back on your meat intake.
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