Being vegetarian can be healthy in many ways, but it also carries its own risks. According to a new study, those who do not eat meat may be at a higher risk of stroke. This is the first study to look at the risk of strokes for vegetarians and vegans and find that they are at a 20% higher risk than those who eat meat.

Interestingly, the Pietarians were not at a higher risk of strokes than other meat eaters. The study indicates that this may be due to the fact that they have higher cholesterol levels than normal vegetarians and vegans. Another professional factor is that vegetarians have a lower risk of heart disease than their meat-eating counterparts. They were found to be 22% less at risk.


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More research is still needed at the end of the day. Mark Lawrence and Sarah McNafton, professors at Deacon University in Australia, have reminded us that these results may not apply to everyone. "All participants were from the United Kingdom, where eating patterns and other lifestyle behaviors are likely to be different from those found in low- and middle-income countries, where most of the world's vegetarians live," the two scientists insisted.

There are many different types of diets and other ways to be healthy, make sure you know all the pros and cons of whatever strategy you choose.

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