A plant-based diet could help CVD risk

A new study published in JAMA Network Open reveals that switching to a vegetarian diet could help people at high risk of cardiovascular disease to lower their cholesterol, and blood sugar levels, and help with weight management.

Pulling together 20 previous clinical trials the researchers found benefits from switching to a vegetarian diet for 6 months. However, the study authors say more high-quality trials will help clarify the effects of healthy plant-based diets in people with cardiovascular disease.

The results of this study suggest that consuming a vegetarian diet may modestly but significantly improve cardiometabolic outcomes beyond standard pharmacological therapy in individuals at high risk of cardiovascular diseases (CVDs), highlighting the potential protective and synergistic effects of vegetarian diets for the primary prevention of CVD.

For more information, visit: jamanetwork.com/journals/jamanetworkopen/fullarticle/2807597

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