Your Health 1-30-13 Vegetarians take heart

A new British study finds that vegetarians may have about a third less risk of hospitalization or death from cardiovascular disease, than meat-eaters do.

The University of Oxford researchers say, "Most of the difference in risk is probably caused by effects on cholesterol and blood pressure, and shows the important role of diet in the prevention of heart disease."

British scientists found that the vegetarians had a 32% lower chance of being hospitalized or dying from heart disease versus people who ate meat or fish.

The vegetarians typically had lower blood pressures and cholesterol levels than


The study appears in the January issue of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.